Dispersed Camping – Lost Creek Wilderness

This is us beginning to give away all of the free dispersed campsites. Hesitant as I am, it is no secret that camping in Colorado and elsewhere in the Rockies can be achieved for free if you don’t mind leaving early, getting lost, pooping in the woods, and amazing rewards.

Rainbow after an afternoon storm in the valley.

We’ll start with Lost Creek Wilderness. How to get there is easy, and scenic. Take Highway 285 out of Denver (which most folks will be coming from) and enjoy the view after passing over Kenosha Pass. Wind down the mountain and take a left on Lost Park Road 56. From there you are on your own. The road can be a washboard for miles, but as for all dispersed camping, it gets better and is worth the loosening of teeth.

Look for pull-offs and random little roads as there are a few. At the very end of the road, many miles from civilization, there is a pay campsite fittingly called Lost Creek Campground. It’s always full of large RVs and campers typical to pay campsites. The options on the way there are many, as long as you leave early. There is great hiking and mountain biking probably. I don’t know. Our kids were 5, 3, and 6 months the last time we were there so we spent most of our time looking for firewood, cooking, and changing diapers. I hope it hasn’t changed. The place is beautiful.

Maiden in front of the of the wall tent on its maiden voyage. It was so clean.

There is no river for most of it, so that is a drawback, but if you find a spot on the earlier stretches of road, there are beaver ponds with tiny 1 wt. trout in them. We got up there later so those spots were taken. When in modern Colorado, leave on a Thursday if possible.

Published by willbarch78

I grew up in the middle of nowhere Texas. The nearest Walmart was a full two hours away. My family still runs a ranch back home that I grew up on, but at some point in my treasured youth I hung up the idea of becoming a cowboy, and pursued my passion for architecture. Today I still find myself trying to fit in to a life that has treated me with the average ups and downs one can expect after a certain number of years. My wife and I moved to Denver after attending Texas Tech School of Architecture in Lubbock as we needed a grade change from the Llano Estacado. We camp with our three growing girls all summer and into the fall while I write and create and fly fish to maintain sanity. Life is moving fast as our careers and children progress in all areas, so being outdoors with each other keeps us mostly grounded.

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