This Dispersed Camping area offers up a great place for group camping and abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Some of my best nights in Colorado were spent in Stillwater Pass. There are numerous campsites with remade fire pits. I found this site when the Timber Creek Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park was full and I did not want to head back to Denver. There is a photo of a white plastic horse and a plastic elk. This is where you turn(hwy 4 aka Stillwater Pass).

Stillwater Pass is a dirt road but does have some damage in parts and gets rocky in others. A vehicle like a Subaru can make it though the pass with some creative driving. This is a big OHV area with trails leading every which way, so keep an eye out for dirt bikes when driving through the pass.

I have seen several moose very close to the campsites I've stayed at. There are elk, mule deer, and whitetail deer in the area too. Make sure to bring your camera! This is also a great place for long exposure night photography.

Pack List

  • Camera and tripod
  • Tent, Trailer, or RV
  • Firewood (there is lots of wood around but it did not burn well)
  • Food/Water
  • Bug Spray (There were lots of mosquitos, but a quick spray of OFF kept them at bay)
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Activities Camping, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Lots of campsites

We went up in early June on a Saturday morning and were able to find a pretty good spot, though a lot of spots were already taken. There are a handful with good views of the snow capped mountains in RMNP and many others secluded in aspens. We definitely want to return in the fall to see the color! We found no issues with mosquitos (though we did wear bug spray just in case) and found plenty of wood there that burned easily. If you want a more private spot, keep driving past the open meadow. The dirt road goes for about another 2 miles. There are lots of trails around for some decent day hiking.

Free Campsites

Beautiful, large secluded campsites. You really are in the middle of nowhere but close to town for whatever it is you need! So stoked on this place, leave the nature how you find it!

Great Group Camping

We were in a bind to find a camping spot for our large group when all of the designated campgrounds were full. Thanks to the outbound we found this perfect spot. We camped right after the first meadow down a road to our left but took a sunset drive further down the road to find tons of dispersed camping spots. Super convenient if your are planing to do Grand Lake during the day. Designated campground Stillwater on the water offers great day use beaches too!


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