Twin Lakes North

San Isabel National Forest

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CR-24
Twin Lakes, CO 81251
719-486-0749
719-553-1400
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GPS: 39.0981, -106.349

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Open Seasonally: Yes
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Cell Phone Coverage

3bars
Verizon 4G
4bars
AT&T 4G
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JennGrover
Pittsburgh, PA
16 Little Guy T@b
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 3.6L
25 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 14
Site Number: N/A

JennGrover would stay here again

“Breathtaking Views and Loads of Space!”

Reviewed Jun 14, 2016

Overall Rating

I moved into this site late in the day on Memorial Day as the crowds thinned out and headed home. This is a popular site among regular campers to the area because of its breathtaking views, relative ease of access, and it offers some protection from the wind. The driveway to the site is just past the first big bend on Country Road 24 after the first ascent.

The views from this site overlook Twin Lakes Reservoir and the surrounding mountains. Wildflowers start to appear in early June all around the site. I would love to be here in the fall to see the mountain sides ablaze with Aspen. It would be really tough to beat this view and at the same time get decent cell phone reception.

4G was mostly good, about 2 bars of Verizon without the booster and full bars with the booster. Strangely, the signal seemed to get fickle without the booster in the afternoons. There was no TV reception at this site, but I am using a cheap antenna.

This is an excellent site for solar - lots of space for full exposure. I easily remained charged with just 200w of solar panels, each day.

Two of the things I enjoyed the most about this site were the size and privacy. Although another boondocker could join you, they likely to join you, especially if you made the site look used. My dog loved the space to roam and play. A driveway to another site, that would be suitable for tents, only, continues past the main site and was a nice place to walk the dog and offers less obstructed views up the lake towards Independence Pass.

Road noise was occasionally noticeable but the loudest sound you hear is the wind through the trees. I did occasionally hear music from a site on the hill above me.

The driveway is rather rocky and I do not recommend it for low-clearance rigs. It would be difficult to maneuver a bigger rig to turn around if the site is occupied, so you might want to jump out of your vehicle and walk down a bit to see if someone is there first.

This site made me feel like I had a mountain home for 2 weeks. I can't wait to go back to this site!

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2bars
Verizon 4G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Chris

19 Shasta Airflyte
33 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 5

Chris would stay here again

“One of my favorite spots in Colorado”

Reviewed Dec 15, 2015

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I love Twin Lakes. This is definitely one of my favorite spots in Colorado. Great boondocking over looking the beautiful Twin Lakes, Independence Pass, and in the shadows of Mt. Elbert the tallest mountain in Colorado, 2nd tallest in the lower 48. There is not a whole nearby when it comes to towns, so stock up in Buena Vista or Leadville on the way. However the general store in Twin Lakes is run by some really awesome people and it is a hub for backpackers coming off the Colorado Trail/Great Divide. There is 1 great food truck and this hilarious guy who rents out kayaks and canoes. The hike up Elbert is really not that difficult if you feel like bagging tallest 14er in Colorado. The drive up and over Independence pass to Aspen is also one of the most beautiful drives you can do. This spot is a great spot off of 24 on the way up before you get to Lakeview Campground. There are a lot more spots up the road after the campground and the Mt. Elbert trailhead too. There is a pay dump station down at White Star Campground down by the lake.

Access
Location
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Noise
4bars
AT&T 4G
4bars
Verizon 4G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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New Friends & the Start of Time Alone – Twin Lakes, CO

June/July 2016 My summer in Colorado was in full swing and my next destination found me nestled above a couple of lakes. Here I was to start my longest period of time being along, but first, new fri...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
Pets:
  • pets

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