Colorado's Hot Springs Heavens

Dry Lake
By Robyn Brewer

As the closest Forest Service campground to Steamboat Springs, Dry Lake gets a lot of use. It's an oval-shape camp set in aspen and pine forest, with small, well-spaced, private sites. The allure lies mainly in its proximity to town, but it offers a peaceful, pretty environment for those who want to escape civilization as well. There are no designated hiking trails in the immediate area, but here's an insider's tip: Between sites 4 and 5 lies an unmarked trail that leads out of camp to a grassy meadow, where the former lake once stood. Another tip: You're within a short drive of beautiful, rustic Strawberry Park Hot Springs — don't miss it.

Location: Near Steamboat Springs in Routt National Forest.

Directions: From U.S. 40 in the town of Steamboat Springs, turn east on Seventh Street and follow the signs to Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Turn right at the sign for Buffalo Pass and drive approximately three miles to the campground turnoff on your left, across from the day-use parking lot. Note: This route can be confusing. Before you head out, stop at the Steamboat Springs Chamber of Commerce office in town and pick up a free city map, which highlights the roads you'll need to find.

Campsites, facilities: There are eight sites for tents or RVs up to sixteen feet long. Drinking water, picnic tables, fire grills, and a vault toilet are provided. Leashed pets are permitted. The elevation is 8,000 feet.

Reservations: Reservations are not accepted. There is a nightly fee for sites. The campground is open from June to October.

Routt National Forest
Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District
P.O. Box 771212
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
(970) 824-9438


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