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Overview

Belle of Colorado Campground is a serene and scenic camping destination located within the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC). It's situated near Turquoise Lake in the heart of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The campground offers a peaceful escape for campers looking to enjoy the natural beauty and recreational activities available in the area.

Location

The campground is situated at a high elevation in the Leadville Ranger District, near the shore of Turquoise Lake. The location provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and easy access to the lake for fishing, boating, and other water activities.

Access and Directions

Access to Belle of Colorado Campground is typically via the Turquoise Lake Road (County Road 9), which is accessed from Leadville. Visitors should check the latest road conditions and closures before traveling, as mountain roads can be subject to seasonal weather conditions.

Facilities and Amenities

Campsites: Belle of Colorado Campground offers several tent-only campsites. Campsites are usually equipped with basic amenities such as a tent pad, campfire ring, and picnic table.

Toilets: Vault toilets are available on-site, providing basic sanitation.

Water: Potable water is generally available, but visitors are advised to check in advance, as services can vary throughout the season.

Trash Disposal: This is typically a pack-in, pack-out campground, so visitors must take their trash with them when they leave.

Activities

Fishing: Turquoise Lake is a popular spot for fishing, with species such as trout inhabiting the waters.

Boating: While there are no boat rentals at the campground, there is lake access for visitors with their own boats. Note that some restrictions on motorized boats may apply.

Hiking: Hikers can enjoy various trails in the surrounding national forest, including those along the shoreline of Turquoise Lake.

Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to diverse wildlife, providing opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations: Belle of Colorado Campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis and also accepts reservations for certain sites. Reservations can be made via the Recreation.gov website or by phone.

Fees: There is a nightly fee for campsite usage. Fees are subject to change, so visitors should check the latest rates.

Season and Accessibility

Operating Season: The campground is typically open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with the exact dates subject to change due to weather conditions.

Accessibility: Accessibility for individuals with disabilities may be limited due to the natural terrain and facilities. Visitors with specific needs should contact the campground in advance for more information.

Regulations and Safety

Campers are expected to follow all posted rules and regulations, including fire restrictions, noise limitations, and leave-no-trace principles. Due to the campground's location in a national forest, interactions with wildlife are possible, and it is crucial to store food properly and maintain a safe distance from animals.

Contact Information

For more information, visitors can contact the Leadville Ranger District or visit the official US Forest Service website for Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands. Here, one can find updates on conditions, fire bans, and other important news affecting campgrounds within the forests.

Leadville Ranger District:

  • Address: 810 Front Street, Leadville, CO 80461
  • Phone: [Provide latest contact number from official sources]
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