Molas Lake Campground

Molas Lake Campground. Photo Credit: Rogelio Gamez – OutThere Colorado.

Things To Do

Molas Lake Campground is a privately operated campground along Route 550 in the San Juan Mountains, about 10 minutes south of Silverton. At Molas Lake, one can find the kind of stunning beauty that is typically only found in backcountry camping. The views across Molas Lake to the Weminuche Wilderness and the rugged peaks of the San Juans provide a spectacular backdrop for fishing, paddling, biking, and hiking. The campground offers hot showers, potable water, and a goods store. There are a variety of campsite options, including waterfront sites, ranging in price from $18 to $27/night for cars and $20-$45 for RVs – more expensive then some campgrounds, but worth it for the scenery. Restrictions on generators and motorized boating help maintain the tranquility of the area. The campground is perfectly situated for exploration; one can drive the famed Million Dollar Highway (Route 550), visit historic Silverton, or hike a section of the nearby Colorado trail.

Pro Tips

  • For those who prefer not to pay for their camping, Molas Lake is available for day use free of charge.
  • Reservations for Molas Lake Campground are often booked months in advance.
  • Recommended season(s): Camping is available from June 1st through September 30th.

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