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Old 09-14-2012, 06:31 PM   #1
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Best place to Camp with Trails nearby?

Hey guys me and a few Iowa wf members are going to be taking a week long trip in mid july next summer somewhere in CO and we need to find a place to camp/wheel. We have been to estes park but haven't been wheeling. Somewhere where a river is close by would be nice, we want to fly fish too. I Have a stock height jk with 33's, my dad has a j10 with a 2 inch lift 33's and a shortened bed, and my brother and a few others have tj's with 35's or bigger and 4 inch lifts. So somewhere were my baby jk could make it would be nice. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Old 09-14-2012, 07:46 PM   #2
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The ouray telluride area is amazing that time of yeah. Lots of camping. Easy to hard trails. And lots of places to fish. I'll be going again next year for sure. Look up Black Bear Pass.

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Old 09-14-2012, 08:09 PM   #3
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are you limited to a certain are? what kind of rigs do you have? are you looking for hard trails or easy scenic stuff?
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Depending on what is more important, fly fishing or wheeling you could camp and fish at 11mile, good wheeling nearby
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I was born and raised in NCO and i dont even know these spots... Tisk tisk
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I was born and raised in NCO and i dont even know these spots... Tisk tisk
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if you go just south of Estes there are several fun trails and some decent stream fishing. you can combine your day pretty easily. Peirson park...caribou flatts...T-33 plane crash....ironclads.......middle st vrain...just to name some......plenty of camping both dispersed and state.....water on almost all the trails I mentioned. the ones that don't have ,have it close by
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Anytime! Lets go! !....... Think ive been to the plane crash two years back...... Didnt have a jeep then, was on a quad.. Fun place! These guys are gonna love COLORADO!
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Anytime! Lets go! !....... Think ive been to the plane crash two years back...... Didnt have a jeep then, was on a quad.. Fun place! These guys are gonna love COLORADO!
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are you limited to a certain are? what kind of rigs do you have? are you looking for hard trails or easy scenic stuff?
No just wana be up in the mountains, a stock height Jk with 33's and a tj with a four inch lift and 35's and a few other tj's all with 4 inch lifts and 35's. Me and my brother aren't experienced so nothing too sketchy.
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The area I mentioned is good for a base camp.
camping right here (4th of july Campground)

ProTrails.com: Diamond Lake, Fourth of July Trailhead, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area and James Peak Wilderness Area

this is a fun spot...Late June/July is when the wildflowers are usually in full bloom here.
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The area I mentioned is good for a base camp.
camping right here (4th of july Campground)

ProTrails.com: Diamond Lake, Fourth of July Trailhead, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area and James Peak Wilderness Area

this is a fun spot...Late June/July is when the wildflowers are usually in full bloom here.
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Thank you for this list, We are planning a trip to Co as well for sometime next summer and would love to do some fun but not to tuff trails.
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I spent the weekend camping at the state park by Montgomery pass off of 14, had a blast. Great fishing at that reservoir and the poudre close by.
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k so after talking it over we want a place where we can camp without being bugged by other people, have a fire, and be within a few hundred feet of a river. We figure we can drive to the trails when the time comes. Any other suggestions
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Have you narrowed it down to a specific area you want to visit yet ?
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k so after talking it over we want a place where we can camp without being bugged by other people, have a fire, and be within a few hundred feet of a river. We figure we can drive to the trails when the time comes. Any other suggestions
Having a fire is proving to be though here in The recent. If The snow fall doesn't come there probably wont be much for fires at all next year. A lot off this past Sumner not even camp stoves were allowed, so have an alternate food plan.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:09 PM   #19
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It's all about Turquoise lake/ Leadville.
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Have you narrowed it down to a specific area you want to visit yet ?
somewhere within like an hour or two of estes park, not really sure, i just don't wana be camping by a bunch of people, don't care much for an actual camp site either, as long as its ok to camp there idc if its close to amenities, we are bringin a water filter, a mobile shower, and a shovel and tp for the latrine.
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Having a fire is proving to be though here in The recent. If The snow fall doesn't come there probably wont be much for fires at all next year. A lot off this past Sumner not even camp stoves were allowed, so have an alternate food plan.
thanks for the info, have to rethink that one now
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somewhere within like an hour or two of estes park, not really sure, i just don't wana be camping by a bunch of people, don't care much for an actual camp site either, as long as its ok to camp there idc if its close to amenities, we are bringin a water filter, a mobile shower, and a shovel and tp for the latrine.
Really anywhere in Colorados VAST mountains can you do that. But like mentioned before you more than likely wont be having a fire during July unless we get some serious snow/rain in the next few months. What rated trails are you looking for? That will really tell us more on what trails you want. The group that's been poking their heads around in here know quite a bit. And theres a lot of people with a lot of wheeling experience in here
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There are a bunch of camping spots on this trail that look good. Also to note this trail is harder than a 2. I'd consider it a 2 most of the time but a couple tricky spots would be a 3-4. Otherwise I think I'm going to camp here next summer. Just ran this a couple weeks ago.
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=92
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:50 PM   #24
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The Silverton/Ouray area is very popular with wheelers and campers. The San Juan Mountains are called the Switzerland of America for a reason. There is every type of wheeling available. The Black Bear Pass road is famous for danger, but the first time I ran it was in an 84 stock Chevy Blazer and I didn't feel very challenged then.

Silverton Camping

Much closer to Denver, but still far enough to get away is Jefferson. Jefferson is located SW of Denver with access to numerous trails like North Twin Cone, Williams Pass, Red Cone, Georgia Pass, Radical Hill, and many more.

Jefferson Camping

Someone mentioned Turquoise Lake near Leadville. Another idea near Leadville is Camp Hale. The old Army post was home to the 10th Mountain Division, and was the original home to "Camp Jeep" in the 90s. There are trails aplenty, and good fishing and camping along Homestake Creek just to the north. It's along the same road that leads to Colorado's famous Holy Cross City 4x4 trail. Go prepared or don't go at all on Holy Cross.

Leadville Camping

My experience is finding decent remote campsites anywhere near Estes Park is a PIA. There are so many tourists (Estes Park is the #1 summer tourist destination) that getting away isn't real easy.

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