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Old 09-13-2004, 04:00 PM
'89Burb '89Burb is offline
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Thumbs up Free Camping in CO

Over Labor Day weekend, we camped out at the Elbert Creek campground - it's right after the Elbert trailhead and right before the Massive trailhead, and on the way to the Halfmoon/So. Halfmoon creek trails.

Anyway - the camp host there told us that with the coming and going of Labor Day, all of the established campgrounds in Colorado become FREE - at least those in national forest areas. The only catch is that facilities (i.e. bathrooms, water pumps, etc.) are no longer available. Even so, that seems like a pretty good deal to me. We were right on Halfmoon Creek, with a great view of the snow-capped Mt. Elbert from our tent.
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Old 09-14-2004, 07:56 AM
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you might want to check with the FS. I can't see them missing
a buck.
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Old 09-14-2004, 07:59 AM
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Also, keep in mind that hunting seasons start now as well. Be sure to wear your blaze orange if you're going to hike around in the bushes.
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Old 09-14-2004, 11:47 AM
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archery is going on now. muzzleloading i think is this weekend, but i'm not sure. muzzleloading last one week, and archery will end at the end of sept. rifle starts up mid-october.

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Old 09-27-2004, 07:12 AM
'89Burb '89Burb is offline
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Well camping may be free, but most of the campgrounds we drove by on Hwy 82 this past Friday were closed. I don't know if it's a locality thing or what. If anybody happens to be in the vicinity of Mt. Massive/Mt. Elbert , check out the Halfmoon and Mt. Elbert Creek campgrounds and see if they're still open - that's where we were staying when we were told that things would be free.
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