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Prospector Campground Overview

Prospector Campground is located within the White River National Forest, near Dillon Reservoir in Summit County, Colorado. Surrounded by mountains and nestled in a forested setting, it offers outdoor enthusiasts a variety of recreational activities and breathtaking scenic views.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Campsite reservations are highly recommended, especially during the peak summer months. Sites can be reserved through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) or Recreation.gov. Some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, but availability is not guaranteed.

  • Fees: There is a nightly fee for camping, which varies depending on the type of site. Additional fees may apply for extra vehicles. National Park passes typically do not discount campground fees.

Campsite Information

  • Amenities: Campsites usually include a picnic table, a fire ring with a grill grate, and access to vault toilets. Drinking water is available, but it's always a good idea to bring your own just in case.

  • RVs and Trailers: The campground can accommodate RVs and trailers, although the length limits for each site can vary. Make sure to check the maximum length for your specific site.

  • Hookups: There are no electric, water, or sewer hookups available at the campsites.

Regulations and Safety

  • Wildlife: As with any forested area, wildlife encounters are possible, including bears. Proper food storage and handling are essential to minimize wildlife conflicts.

  • Fires: Fire restrictions may be in place, especially during dry conditions. Always check the current conditions and follow local guidelines for campfires.

  • Pets: Pets are typically allowed but must be kept on a leash and supervised at all times.

Recreational Activities

  • Hiking and Biking: There are numerous trails for hiking and mountain biking in the vicinity, offering a range of difficulty levels and scenic views.

  • Boating and Fishing: Dillon Reservoir is a popular spot for boating, fishing, and other water-based activities.

  • Winter Sports: In the winter months, the area around the campground is suitable for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.


  • Getting There: Prospector Campground is easily accessible by car from nearby towns like Frisco and Dillon. It’s important to follow local signage and avoid relying solely on GPS, as directions can sometimes lead to incorrect routes.

  • Local Services: You’ll find grocery stores, gear rentals, emergency services, and more in the nearby towns. It's a good idea to stock up on supplies before heading to the campground.

Contact and Resources

  • Local Ranger District: For the most current information, contact the Dillon Ranger District or visit the White River National Forest official website.

  • Emergency Situations: Always have a plan for emergencies. Cell service can be spotty, so it’s wise to let someone know your itinerary and expected return time.

Additional Tips

  • Weather: Mountain weather can change rapidly; be prepared for various conditions by bringing layered clothing.

  • Altitude: The campground is located at a high elevation. Visitors should be aware of altitude sickness and take steps to acclimate.

  • Leave No Trace: Always practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the natural environment and preserve it for future generations.

Before planning your trip, check the most recent updates and any alerts or closures that may impact your visit to Prospector Campground. Enjoy your stay at this gateway to mountain adventures in Colorado!

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