Summit Lake Campground

Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests & Thunder Basin National Grassland

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US Frst Service Road Trail 1101 Coalmont, CO 80430 970-870-2299 Official Website

GPS: 40.545, -106.684

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Overview of Summit Lake Campground

Buffalo Pass has 3 gates restricting vehicle access depending on road condition in the spring. In general the lower gate opens late May, the middle in mid June and the last in late June.

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads. Learn more: Boondocking 101

Number of Sites 9

Pad Type dirt

Open Seasonally Mid July - Late October

Elevation 10,301 ft / 3,139 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Last reported 7/23/2022
Loving Every Mile
Livingston, TX
33' Grand Design 303RLS
Ford F250 Superduty 4X4
761 reviews
“Small trailers only, approach from the EAST side of the pass”

Reviewed 7/23/2022

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 0
Site Number: 0
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The road on the WEST side of the pass (prior to Summit Campground) is just bad enough that you can still drive a high clearance vehicle. That statement is not a compliment. The road alternates between washboard, sharp rocks, more rocks, large ruts and did I mention rocks. I do not think this road has been graded in years.

If you want to camp here, approach from the east side of the pass (from the Kremmling/Walden side). It will be far faster and nicer on your vehicle. The east side had been very recently graded and was very smooth.

The road the campground is located on is across from the main trailhead on the pass. It was not graded and very rough, but still doable for any vehicle. The campground was one loop, with 9 back-in sites for trailers and 6 walk-in tent sites. The sites were best suited for small rigs.

There was a single vault toilet and no camp host. While we were in the area the ranger did drive through so it is patrolled. We did not see a trash dumpster in the campground.

The sites were partly shaded and not level. Our cellular connection was spotty for AT&T and non-existent for Verizon.

The wind was steady and there were little mosquitoes, however we did not stay the night.

The area was very popular as we visited on a Friday and most sites were already full.

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  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • OHV
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • water available
  • pets
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