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Dumont Lake Campground

Routt National Forest

Park Range Area, Colorado

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  • Dumont Lake Campground is set in fields of wildflowers.- Dumont Lake Campground
  • The campground road is gravel, but it is in decent shape.- Dumont Lake Campground
  • The only water source in the campground.- Dumont Lake Campground
  • Asters and daisies.- Dumont Lake Campground
  • Many of the sites are not very level.- Dumont Lake Campground
  • Wildflowers everywhere.- Dumont Lake Campground
  • Even the walk to the vault toilets is scenic.- Dumont Lake Campground
  • Dumont Lake.- Dumont Lake Campground
  • Beetle-killed trees along Dumont Lake.- Dumont Lake Campground
  • Camping in a garden of wildflowers.- Dumont Lake Campground
  • Fireweed in the foreground.- Dumont Lake Campground
  • Dumont Lake entrance.- Dumont Lake Campground
  • - Dumont Lake Campground
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Pros: 
Incredible wildflowers. Nearby hiking. Great fishing. Very spacious sites.
Cons: 
Road a bit rough. Some sites unlevel.
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Region:
Park Range Area, CO
Managed by: 
Forest Service
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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The Colorado Rockies are famous for beautiful wildflowers in the summer, and many areas justifiably lay claim to the best wildflowers. There is no way to settle that question, but Dumont Lake in the Park Range near Steamboat Springs has an undeniably beautiful display of wildflowers in July and August. Luckily there is a great campground there as well, and the fishing isn't bad, either!

As far as amenities go, Dumont Lake Campground is a pretty typical national forest campground; you'll find vault toilets, drinking water (from a hand pump, no less), picnic tables at each site, and that is about it. What really sets this campground apart from most, though, is the great distance between many sites. Spread out over gently rolling hills covered with wildflowers of every color, the 22 sites have plenty of space. Some sites are grouped closely together, notably sites 9 through 13, which is a great area for large families or groups. Most sites, though, are widely separated from others to such a degree that only one or two other sites can be seen, and from quite a distance away. If you want privacy, then sites 14, 15, 16, 18, 19 and 20 are particularly private. Most of the sites are not very level.

Dumont Lake is beautiful, surrounded by rolling hills and sparse conifers. The lake is just a five-minute walk from the campsites, but low hills prevent the lake from being seen from the campground. The 6-mile roundtrip trail to Rabbit Ears Peak starts right next to the campground, and in the other direction (past the lake) there is a trail that reaches all the way to Fish Creek Falls near Steamboat Springs (about 11 miles one way). Steamboat, with all its civilized amenities, is about a 30-minute drive away. But the real star of this campground and lake are the wildflowers, many of which are waist high. They are everywhere, like a vast unkempt perennial garden in all directions. It truly has to be seen to be believed.

 

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