PROSPECTOR, CO

At an elevation of 9,000 feet, Prospector Campground is in the heart of Summit County in the White River National Forest. The sites offer open views to Dillon Reservoir and several mountain ranges, an ideal setting for guests seeking recreation and relaxation. Due to the pine...
Status: Open through Sat Sep 06 2014   Season Dates

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  • This facility is operated by White River Recreation, a division of California Land Management and your comments are appreciated; comment forms are available from campground hosts or on CLM's website.
  • Body contact with reservoir prohibited; no swimming, water skiing, jetskiing, or scuba diving in the lake
  • Several campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Passport holders must present Golden Age/Access Passport on site or they will be required to pay the full fee
  • Prevent the spread of invasive species by inspecting and cleaning packs, equipment, and tires before using lake or trails
  • In accordance with standard industry practices, there will be a $5 additional vehicle fee per day on the second vehicle in each single family campsite, and on the third and fourth vehicles in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered as one vehicle for determining additional vehicle fees. The third and fourth motorcycle would also be considered as one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
  • Click here for more information about White River National Forest
  • Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather closures contact Dillion Ranger District 970-468-5400.
    • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
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    Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
    *** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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    Overview

    Overview

    At an elevation of 9,000 feet, Prospector Campground is in the heart of Summit County in the White River National Forest.

    The sites offer open views to Dillon Reservoir and several mountain ranges, an ideal setting for guests seeking recreation and relaxation.

    Due to the pine beetle infestation and removal of hazard trees, there is little or no shade in the campground.

    Natural Features:

    In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the 2.3 million acre White River National Forest is a place of serenity and adventure, boasting 8 wilderness areas, 4 defined seasons, and 10 peaks surpassing 14,000 feet in elevation.

    Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate rocky ridges and bull elk bugle at dusk. Scenic rivers sustain populations of cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout. Alpine regions provide habitat for pika and ptarmigan. These species, along with many others, depend on surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams, and diverse forests to live.

    Recreation:

    Dillon Reservoir, often referred to as Lake Dillon, is the greatest draw to this campground. At 3,233 acres and 26.8 miles of shoreline, Dillon Reservoir is an ideal spot for fishing, boating, and sailing. The reservoir supports a healthy population of rainbow trout and brown trout. Occasionally, a few cutthroat trout make their way into the lake from feeder streams.

    Opportunities for hiking and biking include more than 7 paved miles of the 50-mile Summit County trail system.

    From the reservoir, the Old Dillon Reservoir trail is a favorite. This short, easy trail has spectacular views of the Tenmile Range and the Continental Divide. The Old Dillon Reservoir was built in the 1930s to supply water to the original town of Dillon, which is now covered by the new Dillon Reservoir.

    For those wanting a bit more solitude, hiking in the Ptarmigan Wilderness area is a wonderful escape from the crowds.

    Facilities:

    Prospector Campground has 105 sites, able to accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. One tent-only site is available. Roads and spurs are not paved.

    The campground is equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets, and drinking water. No electrical hook-ups are available. Firewood is for sale from hosts at the campground.

    Boat ramp access is available in the marinas located in the nearby towns of Frisco and Dillon.

    Nearby Attractions:

    Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain ski resorts are all located within 10 miles from Dillon Reservoir. These resorts stay open year round.

    Booking Window
    Tue Jul 29 2014 - Sun Jan 25 2015

    Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Fri May 23 2014 Sat Sep 06 2014
    Peak Fri May 22 2015 Sat Sep 05 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Biking
    • Birding
    • Boating
    • Campfire Rings
    • Drinking Water
    • Firewood
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Lake Access
    • Parking Area
    • Picnic Area
    • Recycling
    • Sailing
    • Self Pay Station
    • Trails
    • Trash Collection
    • Vault Toilets
    • Wildlife Viewing
    Within 10 Miles
    • Boat Ramp
    • Grocery Store
    • Marina
    • Restaurant
    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    Fee Information
    Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

    Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
    Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

    Changes and Cancellations
    A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    May 23 2014 -
    Sep 06 2014
    TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $20.00-$22.00
    STANDARD NONELECTRIC $20.00-$22.00
    RV NONELECTRIC $20.00-$22.00
    Peak Season
    May 22 2015 -
    Sep 05 2015
    TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $20.00
    STANDARD NONELECTRIC $20.00
    RV NONELECTRIC $20.00

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    39.59583, -106.03444
    39°35'45"N, 106°2'4"W

    From I-70, take the Silverthorne exit 205. Travel east on Highway 6, approximately 4 miles to Swan Mountain Road. Turn right and travel for 2 miles to Prospector and Windy Point Campground sign. Take dirt road 1 mile to campground entrance.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    PROSPECTOR
    WHITE RIVER
      CO 

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (970)927-0107