Blue Mountain Campground sits beside Park County Road 244 south of U.S. 24 and Lake George in Pike National Forest. The quiet campground, at 8,200 feet on the north flank of 9,230-foot Blue Mountain, offers 21 campsites for both tents and RVs. The campsites, well spaced for privacy on a gravel loop road, have parking spurs from 16 to 40 feet long, accommodating trailers and RVs up to 40 feet. Each site has a fire ring and table, while the campground has two vault toilets and water from a hand pump. There is no trash service, so bring plastic bags to take your garbage with you. Reservations are suggested during summer, but sites are usually available for early birds. The campground is an alternative camping area if you are recreating in nearby Elevenmile Canyon.
- Blue Mountain Campground, 41 miles west of Colorado Springs, is south of Lake George and U.S. 24. Reach the campground by driving west from Colorado Springs on U.S. 24 for 39 miles to Lake George. Turn left or south on Park County Road 96 and drive a mile to a junction with County Road 244/Blue Mountain Road. Keep left on road 244 drive a mile south to the campground on the right or west side of the gravel road.
- Blue Mountain Campground is usually busy on summer weekends and holidays so reserve a site from four to 180 days in advance. There is a two-night minimum stay on weekends and three-night minimum stay on holidays. If you’re visiting Elevenmile Canyon, a day-use fee is charged at the canyon entrance.
- Up to eight campers can stay at each site. While no established tent pads are in the campground, place tents on existing pads to minimize environmental damage. All vehicles must be parked on designated parking spurs, with a maximum of two vehicles per site. Fires are allowed unless restrictions are in place. Dead and downed wood can be picked up for fuel, otherwise purchase firewood at Lake George.
- Elevenmile Canyon is popular for fishing, climbing, hiking, and picnicking. A dirt road, following the old Midland Railroad bed, runs about ten miles from the canyon mouth to Elevenmile Canyon Dam. The South Platte River’s upper two miles is a gold medal catch-and-release area. The river is an excellent trout fishery. Climbers also love the canyon’s granite cliffs, including Elevenmile Dome, Arch Rock, and Pine Cone Dome.
Recommended season(s): Mid-May to mid-October.
—Stewart M. Green