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Location and Access

Oh Be Joyful Campground is located in the Gunnison National Forest near Crested Butte in Colorado. It is set against a backdrop of the Elk Mountains and is known for its beautiful scenery and access to outdoor recreation. To reach Oh Be Joyful Campground, take Highway 135 north from Crested Butte to Slate River Road and follow the signs for the campground. The road can be rough, particularly after rains, and may require a vehicle with good clearance.

Campground Features

Campground Amenities:

  • Tent Sites: Oh Be Joyful offers numerous tent-only sites, providing a more secluded and natural camping experience.
  • Toilets: The campground is equipped with vault toilets.
  • Water: There are no water hookups or drinking water facilities, so campers must bring their own supply.
  • Picnic Tables and Fire Pits: Each site typically has a picnic table and fire pit or ring.

Environmental Setting: Oh Be Joyful is situated along the Slate River and offers excellent views of the water and surrounding peaks. The area is abundant with wildflowers, particularly during the summer months.

Recreational Activities

Hiking and Biking: From the campground, there are multiple trails suitable for hiking and mountain biking that showcase the surrounding alpine environment.

Fishing: The Slate River and nearby bodies of water provide opportunities for fly fishing. Anglers can expect to find trout species, though Colorado fishing regulations must be followed.

Water Recreation: Visitors can enjoy kayaking or paddleboarding on the Slate River, but should be aware of fast currents and changing conditions.

Wildlife Watching: The area is home to a rich array of wildlife, including elk, deer, and various bird species. It's always important to keep a safe distance from wildlife and to not feed them.

Camping Reservations and Considerations

Booking: The campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis, and reservations are not accepted. It's important to arrive early, especially during peak summer months, to secure a site.

Seasons: Camping is primarily a summertime activity here, as snow and cold temperatures can make the area inaccessible during other times of the year.

Fees and Passes: Campers should be prepared to pay a nightly fee for camping. Rates are subject to change, so it's advisable to check the latest information before visiting.

Regulations: Standard national forest regulations apply, which typically include rules about campsite occupancy limits, food storage to deter bears, keeping pets on leashes, and observing quiet hours.

Leave No Trace: All visitors are expected to follow Leave No Trace principles, which includes packing out all trash, leaving the environment as you found it, and minimizing campfire impacts.

Transportation and Nearby Attractions

Access to Towns: Crested Butte is the closest town, offering groceries, dining, and other services.

Side Trips: There are numerous other attractions within Gunnison National Park and in the broader area worth exploring, including scenic drives, additional hiking trails, and historic sites.

Additional Tips

Weather Preparedness: The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. Prepare for sudden changes and bring appropriate gear for cold temperatures, even in the summer.

Altitude Awareness: At high elevations, altitude sickness can be a concern. Drink plenty of water, take it easy at first, and acclimate properly.

Wildlife Precautions: Secure your food and scented items to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.

Fire Regulations: Be aware of current fire restrictions or bans, and always practice safe campfire etiquette if fires are allowed.

Contact Information: For the most current information, it's recommended to contact the local ranger district office before planning your trip.

Remember, this information can change, so for the most accurate and up-to-date details, verifying with the local land management authorities before departing on your camping trip is always a good practice.

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