Crested Butte Camping

Local places to camp.

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Crested Butte is home to many quiet and beautiful campgrounds available to everyone. Several campgrounds are located near Mt. Crested Butte, Crested Butte and CB South. When camping with children or in large groups it is most comfortable to stay at some of the more developed campsites.

There are a number of developed campgrounds in the area, but we also have thousands of acres of National Forest land with unimproved car camp sites. Bring everything you need: there are no facilities. However, there are many, many beautiful sites to choose from in practically all the river valleys surrounding Crested Butte. First come, first served.

Winter Camping

Camping in the winter can be difficult around here, with temperatures that can get as low as 30 below zero. If you’re that hardy, however, Cement Creek Campgound is the only local campground that stays open all winter. Bring lots of firewood!

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Local Camping Areas

Almont Campground Take Highway 135 south from Crested Butte through town of Almont. Cross bridge and continue for about 1/2 mile. Campground is on left. Camp beside the Gunnison River. Restrooms, tables and barbeques are available. Reservations needed for Forest Service Campgrounds here, please call 1-877-444-6777.

Brush Creek Car camping sites available. Go 4+ miles up Brush Creek Road. No facilities. Reservations not needed for camping here.

Cement Creek Campground Take Highway 135 south about 6.8 miles from Crested Butte or Mt. Crested Butte to Cement Creek Road (Forest Road 740). Turn left and continue on main road for 4 miles to campground on right. Creekside trails and forested campsites available with restrooms, tables and barbeques. Reservations needed for Forest Service Campgrounds here, please call 1-877-444-6777.

Gothic Campground Forest Service campground 1-2 miles past the town of Gothic towards Schofield Pass. Please call 1-877-444-6777. Also many unimproved/no facilities sites in the area.

Irwin Campground Take the Kebler Pass Road (County Road 12) west for 16 miles, then turn right on Irwin turnoff (Forest Road 826). Drive to Irwin Campground. Lakeside and forested campsites. Restrooms and barbeques available. Reservations needed for Forest Service Campgrounds here. Please call 1-800-877-444-6777.

Paradise Divide Many unimproved car camping sites on the west side of the pass at Paradise Divide. No facilities. Get there via Slate River Road/Pittsburg, Washington Gulch, or Gothic/Schofield Pass.

Slate River Unimproved car camping sites start 2-3 miles up Slate River Road from Crested Butte. Watch for signs warning you of private land along various parts of the road. Anything else is fair game. No facilities.

Taylor Canyon Take Highway 135 south from Crested Butte through town of Almont. Turn left up Taylor Canyon Road. Choose among several campgrounds in Taylor canyon. All are near the river, with restrooms, tables and firepits. One-Mile camp has RV hookups. Rosy Lane is wheelchair accessible. Reservations needed for Forest Service Campgrounds here. Please call 1-877-444-6777.

Washington Gulch Unimproved car camping sites 4-5 miles up Washington Gulch Road. Watch for private land. No facilities.

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