Things To Do

Davenport Campground is sure to be among the most charming places to camp in the entire state. The campground sits tucked away in a grass-filled valley in the Wet Mountains southwest of Pueblo at an altitude of 8,500 feet. Squirrel Creek winds through the campsites and dense spruce and aspen trees spread across the hills above. Davenport is modeled after the nearby Squirrel Creek Campground—one of the oldest modern-style campgrounds on public land in the United States. Squirrel Creek Campground was washed out in a 1947 flood and never rebuilt. Three of the 12 campsites–half are handicap-accessible—feature Adirondack-style log shelters as a nod to the original 1920s campground, and a handsome communal cooking shelter with built-in fire pits. Davenport offers tent camping only, and drinking water and vault toilets are available. The campground is heavily trafficked through the summer, especially on weekends and holidays; reservations are suggested.


Pro Tips:

  • You must reserve a site at least four days in advance. To book a weekend reservation, you must book both Friday and Saturday nights, while a three-day minimum stay is required for holiday weekends; walk-ups are exempt.
  • Check out the popular tourist destination Bishop Castle, just two miles away on Colorado Highway 165. The fanciful castle, a labyrinth of stone masonry and iron work, has been continuously under expansion for over 40 years by private owner Jim Bishop.
  • Take a hike on Squirrel Creek Trail. The 4.5-mile trail makes its way downstream past the site of the old Squirrel Creek Campground. Anglers cast for brook trout along the creek.
  • Fish, hike, or just relax at nearby Lake Isabel. The 40-acre lake welcomes non-motorized watercraft, and is well-stocked with brown and brook trout. Several area trails offer good hiking opportunities, and picnic areas are available for lakeside leisure.
  • Recommended season(s): Summer.

    —Stewart M. Green & Brett Green


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