Lodging in Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte
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Camping in Crested Butte
Crested Butte is home to many quiet and beautiful campgrounds. Several campgrounds are located near Mt Crested Butte, Crested Butte and CB South (seven miles south of Crested Butte). 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 or primitive car camp sites.
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. Campsites available with restrooms. Please call 1-877-444-6777.
Irwin Campground: Take the Kebler Pass Road (County Road 12) west for 6 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 1-877-444-6777.
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.
Crested Bute RV Park: Take Highway 135 South from Crested Butte to the North entrance of the Riverland Industrial Park. Turn right onto Riverland Dr. The RV park will be on your left.
All of these are considered car camping campsites. You’ll be able to drive to or near to your site. But there are no facilities. Primitive campsites are also first come, first served. During a busy weekend like Bike Week, you may have a hard time finding camp sites if you don’t get here until Friday evening. Our recommendation: come early and do the Chainless!
Brush Creek: Go 4+ miles up Brush Creek Road. No facilities. Reservations not needed for camping here.
Gothic: No dispersed camping allowed in the Gothic Valley.
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.
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. You’ll need a high clearance vehicle but it’s some of the prettiest camping in the world.
Washington Gulch 4-5 miles up Washington Gulch Road. Watch for private land. No facilities.
Camping information courtesy of visitcrestedbutte.com