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.
Recommended season(s): Summer.
—Stewart M. Green & Brett Green