Silver Queen Campground

White River National Forest

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Maroon Creek Rd.
Aspen, CO 81611
970-963-2266
970-945-2521
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GPS: 39.1291, -106.9019

Last Price Paid: $15
Number of Sites: 6
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 8707 ft

2 people have reviewed this location.

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Fables and Trails
Seattle, WA
2017 Airstream Int'l Signature 27FB
2017 Range Rover Sport Supercharged
25 reviews
Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: 2

Fables and Trails would stay here again

“Gorgeous camping among the Aspens, near Aspen”

Reviewed Sep 17, 2017

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We stayed here for the maximum 5 days in September 2017.

You'll want to stay here in the fall, as it is simply magical with the aspen trees turning. Easy access to hiking trails and the nearby town of Aspen has absolutely magnificent restaurants.

Pros:

  • You're staying among the Aspen trees, just down the road from the Maroon Bells.
  • Closeby to the town of Aspen, with amazing restaurants.
  • Given the extreme costs of real estate in Aspen, you're getting a multi-million dollar view for a mere $15/night.

Cons:

  • No dump stations anywhere close by.
  • 5 night maximum stay per campground, 14 night maximum stay in the national forest.
  • Dining in Aspen can get spendy.
  • Absolutely no cell service, even with a high-end antenna - Zip, Zero, Nada. Our neighbor attempted to put a Wilson 4G-OTR antenna on a 30ft mast to get signal but did not meet with success.
  • Some spots can be a bit tight: 1 is by the road and is very slanted but roomy, 2 is not too hard to level but is tight and there is a large rock on one site, 3 is right on the side of the road, 4 backs onto some Aspens but is right next to the restrooms, 5 is roomy but steepish, 6 is more open but is first-come-first-serve. The loop is also a bit tight.
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thecrazygoodlife.com
Jonesboro, GA
30 Jayco 28BHS
2005 Ford F250
35 reviews
Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 4

thecrazygoodlife.com would stay here again

“Small...but unbeatable!”

Reviewed Jun 24, 2016

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Wow! Ok, if you haven't been to see Maroon Bells, you are missing out and it needs to be on your bucket list. If you're camping, you can't camp any closer to the Maroon Bells than this campground unless you're backpacking. This place was amazing, peaceful, picturesque and perfectly located.

There's 3 campgrounds as you approach the Bells, Silver Bar, Silver Bell, and Silver Queen. Each campground is very small with only about 7 sites per campground. Pulling a 30' TT, we were very limited in which sites would accommodate us as most of the sites are better designed for tents or small popups. We got lucky in that site 4 was the site that we ended up with. It was extremely tight to get the camper to fit, but we squeezed it in and made the best of it.

Our site was beautiful. We had about 1/2 acre all to ourselves nestled in an aspen grove with boulders for the kids to climb, flowers for the deer to eat and views of the Maroon Bells through the trees. All of this with the sound of the river about 20 yards away. The campground is right next to the road which concerned me (about 40 yards away) but I was amazed at how little disruption was made by vehicles passing by.

Each site has a pull-in area and a nice tent pad. There is also the standard picnic table and fire ring. At each of the three campgrounds there is also a 2 stall vault toilet that was clean and well maintained.

Sites 1 and 2 both had some RVs parked on them so these would probably be able to accommodate most TTs and RVs. Site 3 is pretty much a tent only site as the parking pad is a "pull-thru" but it's extremely small and heavily slanted downhill. Site 4 we maxed out with our 30' TT. Sites 5&6 both had tents on them but seemed fairly spacious.

One negative note on this site was that it has a water spigot but it was broken while we were there. I talked to a ranger and they were aware of the problem...they just didn't sound like they would be able to fix it for some time. They suggested we head down to another campground that had a water tank. I did this one night but it took about 20 minutes to fill up a few water jugs.

All-in-all, this is one of the prettiest campgrounds you can stay at, especially if you toss in the views of Maroon Bells when the trees don't have leaves yet. It offered a serenity that was refreshing. Bring your own wood as there is little available lying around unless you want to hike a ways to get it. The trail to Crater Lake was beautiful from the Bells, even in the snow! Bring a good GPS though as the trail is not marked the best. No cell service...at all.

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Silver Queen Campground

Date of Travel: May 31-June 2, 2016 Total Cost Per Night: $10 + booking fee Address: Maroon Creek Road, ASPEN  CO  81611 Site: 4 (Dry Camping)     Wow! Ok, if you haven’t been to see Maroon Bells, yo...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
  • water available

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