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Car Camping near Gothic (Summer)

Postby Floyd » Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:22 pm

I'm hoping to take the kids up to Gothic this summer (end June - early July) for some car camping. Unfortunately, it appears that the closest reserve-able camp site is by Lake Irwin which is farther than I'd hoped to be. I found this site, but again, can't reserve it. How plentiful are dispersed campsites back there? Should I just reserve the Lake Irwin site to be safe or should I have a pretty good chance at finding something that works?

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Re: Car Camping near Gothic (Summer)

Postby matpedw » Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:06 am

In 1995 I pulled into the Gothic campground at about 10:00 p.m. on Labor day weekend and there were still plenty of spots. Not sure how much things have changed though.

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Re: Car Camping near Gothic (Summer)

Postby specmiata37 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:05 pm

I've had the same experience camping there. No issues finding a spot. This was also during the wildflower festival in July. One of my favorite camping spots in Colorado.
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Re: Car Camping near Gothic (Summer)

Postby thetexan » Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:13 pm

Copy/paste in Google maps: 38.965542,-106.991714

We've car camped many times in the summer, and plenty of availability when we've been there. Perched up on a hill with a great view of the side of Gothic right outside our tent. Awesome. From this camp, there is a nice little hike/walk up to Judd Falls.

Also, we also camped up Slate River Road (Co. Rd 734); lots of places to camp. Some at the base of 'Oh Be Joyful' creek, (which is another great easy hike along the river with several mini waterfalls), others a little past that on the left. Stay on the road/path, the 'slate' can puncture tires!!

Pic's looking at Gothic from our tent at the first place described above. This is July 2011:
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