Sylvan Lake State Park

State Park

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10200 Brush Creek Rd.
Gypsum, CO 81637
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GPS: 39.4801, -106.7341

Last Price Paid: $15
Number of Sites: 46
Reservations: Yes
Elevation: 8556 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

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Tucson, AZ 30' Airstream Safari 2009 Mercedes GL320
18 reviews
Nightly rate: $15
Days stayed: 1

RL would stay here again

“Lovely place to disconnect”

Reviewed May 20, 2016

Overall Rating

This park is about 11 miles from I-70 (Eagle CO exit) but seems much further away. You'll climb over 2,000 feet in elevation to end up at 8,500 feet in the mountains, so this is not a winter destination.

The campground is very busy and books up starting mid-May on weekends. Reservations are mandatory. Weekdays are easier.

The campground is directly on Sylvan Lake, a small man-made reservoir with a nice walking trail around it. Some campsites are at water's edge but are basically just cramped parking spaces, while the bulk of sites are in three loops a short walk from the lake, with much more spacing between them. The loop sites are not very level and only a few will fit 30+ ft trailers.

There is absolutely no cell service, even with a booster and external antenna. Wifi is available in the Visitor Center, but that's miles away down the dirt road. Don't come here planning to get some work done.

The real killer is the 4 mile dirt entrance road. In May when we visited it was riddled with potholes and took nearly an hour to traverse each way when pulling the trailer. Expect to travel at 3 to 10 MPH under these conditions. Running down to Eagle for supplies is not practical, so arrive with everything you need. If the road was graded it would be no problem.

All of this makes the place sound bad, but it's actually really nice. There's fishing in the lake, great scenery, hiking trails, some wildlife in the area, and fantastic views. There are no hookups but water is available, as well as a dump station, trash and recycling. If you make the effort to come up here you'll probably enjoy it.

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  • dry camping
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • dump station
  • group sites
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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