The Best Camping in Telluride

Looking for the best camping in Telluride? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Telluride. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Telluride

  • Telluride, Colorado

    Sneffels Highline Trail

    12.32 mi / 4432 ft gain
    Sneffels Highline Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Telluride, Colorado.
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  • Telluride, Colorado

    Bear Creek, Wasatch, and Bridal Veil Trails Loop

    15.12 mi / 4390 ft gain
    Bear Creek, Wasatch, and Bridal Veil Trails Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Telluride, Colorado.
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  • Telluride, Colorado

    Bear Creek Trail

    4.4 mi / 1132 ft gain
    Bear Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Telluride, Colorado.
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  • Telluride, Colorado

    Camp at Alta Lakes

    4.7
    Note: Camping is permitted around the lake. For more information, head to the US Forest Service website.From the Mountain Village near Telluride, drive south on CO 145 toward Lizard Head pass. A few miles before you reach the turnoff for Ophir, there's a brown forest service sign for Alta Lakes o...
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  • Telluride, Colorado

    Alta to Sunshine Trail

    7.42 mi / 1808 ft gain
    Alta to Sunshine Trail is an out-and-back trail located near Telluride, Colorado.
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  • San Miguel County, Colorado

    Deep Creek Trail

    10.99 mi / 2448 ft gain
    Deep Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Telluride, Colorado.
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  • Ophir, Colorado

    Swamp Canyon Trail

    4.73 mi / 2028 ft gain
    Swamp Canyon Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Ophir, Colorado.
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  • Ridgway, Colorado

    Running to Grizzly Bear Mine

    Bear Creek Trail, which leads to Grizzly Mine, is located just 2 miles outside of Ouray, Colorado on Highway 550 immediately following the first tunnel. There's two parking lots, a large one and a small one, the trail leads from the small parking lot over the tunnel and highway. There are no bath...
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  • Ophir, Colorado

    Columbine Lake Trail

    7.98 mi / 2933 ft gain
    Columbine Lake Trail #509 is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Silverton, Colorado.
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Explore Clear Lake

    The road to Clear Lake offers wonderful views of the South Fork Mineral Creek, and the San Juan Mountains. Some people make the 9-mile round-trip hike with 2,600 feet of elevation gain, others drive as far as their vehicle will allow and hike from there, and some make the drive all the way up. It...
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Backpack the Ice Lakes Trail

    5.0
    8.4 mi / 3200 ft gain
    Just north of Silverton, CO, lies the South Mineral Valley which is reachable down a well maintained, and paved dirt road and ends in the South Mineral Campground.The hike starts out with a sweat generating 1500+ feet of gain over its first two miles. However, there are numerous spots to stop and...
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Climb Fuller Peak

    3.0
    Begin by hiking the Ice Lakes Trail for 3.5 miles, which will take you to Ice Lake. From here, you can identify the obvious, delta-shaped mountain to climber's left, known as Fuller Peak (13,761ft). Hike cross country, directly toward the base of the North Ridge (right skyline), walking past Full...
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Backpack to Island Lake

    5.0
    8 mi / 3000 ft gain
    From the Ice Lakes basin Trailhead, this 8 mile round trip trail with 3000 feet of elevation gain will bring you to the Ice Lakes Basin with an abundance of beautiful lakes, especially Island Lake and Ice Lake. We camped on a little shelf above Island Lake, but you can camp anywhere you find a ni...
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  • Durango, Colorado

    Camp at South Mineral Campground

    4.8
    Some general notes: South Mineral Campground does not take reservations - all sites are first come first served. There are an assortment of designated areas along South Mineral Road where dispersed camping is allowed so there is plenty of camping in the canyon on all but the busiest days, but y...
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  • Silverton, Colorado

    Explore Hurricane Pass and Lake Como

    Spending much of the trek above tree line, Hurricane Pass is situated at 12,730 feet above sea level and offers up views of Poughkeepsie Gulch (a more extreme off-road trail) and sapphire blue mountain lakes, such as Lake Como. One of the most beautiful roads in the lower 48 states, Hurricane Pas...
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  • Silverton, Colorado

    Drive to California Pass

    California Pass’s summit is a jaw dropping 12,960 feet above sea level. A long way from the valley floor, California Gulch, but, as drivers start their trek, the valley floor starts to shrink and gives way to steep climbs and switchbacks. Off road vehicles are needed to reach the top, and drivers...
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