Turquoise Lake Camping - Leadville

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Turquoise Lake Camping - Leadville

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Hey All! Looking for camping options near Leadville for a Sat. night - and curious if anyone has had luck getting a first-come-first-serve spot on Turquoise Lake arriving mid-day on a Sat. My assumption my chances are very low - but wanted to check. Worse case - was going disperse camp near Elbert/Massive. Would be grateful for any thoughts or feedback!
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There is plenty of dispersed camping adjacent to Turquoise lake, south of the road between the rec area and golf course.
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Re: Turquoise Lake Camping - Leadville

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Thanks! Assuming that is the area near Dunn Ditch off of County Road 48?
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You should prepare for dispersed camping along Halfmoon road. However I frequently grab online camping cancellations 14 to 4 days out. The reservation system gives refunds up to 4 days out.

I camped at Collegiate Peaks (near Yale, Princeton, Ptarmigan Lake and Continental Divide Trail) a couple weeks ago and it was a quarter empty. Perhaps camping wont be as crowded this year with post-covid recreational alternatives back. High gasoline prices may be a factor.

Lake Turquoise is a favorite location. The shoreline at the lower campgrounds has a picture-frame view of Elbert and Massive. Gorgeous sunsets. People fish, kayak, paddle board on the lake if its not too windy.
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just shoot them an email and ask about their availability- the hosts are quick to respond and very nice.

that said, i would NEVER go back to turquoise lake campground again. dispersed or bust- that place is an absolute NIGHTMARE.
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mattbrill9 wrote: Tue Jun 28, 2022 9:24 pm Thanks! Assuming that is the area near Dunn Ditch off of County Road 48?
Yes off CR 48 De Lappe ditch. Can walk to the lake from there. Some spots just south of the lake too. Portapotty at playground on south end, and free wifi at golf course clubhouse.
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stephakett wrote: Wed Jun 29, 2022 8:25 am that said, i would NEVER go back to turquoise lake campground again. dispersed or bust- that place is an absolute NIGHTMARE.
Why? What happened there?
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stephakett wrote: Wed Jun 29, 2022 8:25 am dispersed or bust
This.
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denvernoob wrote: Sun Jul 03, 2022 9:08 am
stephakett wrote: Wed Jun 29, 2022 8:25 am that said, i would NEVER go back to turquoise lake campground again. dispersed or bust- that place is an absolute NIGHTMARE.
Why? What happened there?
i've used established campgrounds in the past and not totally hated the experience, but this particular location was just not for me. the campsites were WAY too close together- i did NOT enjoy seeing or listening to 17 campgrounds from my tent. privacy was extremely limited (i'm being generous) and i could have done without listening to the bathroom doors slam shut at all hours.

i don't need a general store, water, or electric hookups when i camp, but if you like to have any of those things (and enjoy spending time at a KOA) then this is a great spot for you.
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