Located approximately a two-hour drive southwest of Denver, at an elevation of 7,723 feet, the Goose Creek Campground offers an opprtunity for designated camping near the Lost Creek Wilderness. Recreational opportunties in the area include fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and scenic drives. Goose Creek runs through the campground and generally runs year round. Although not deep, the buddling brook supplies soothing sounds and a quaint atmosphere for camping. TheGoose Creek Trailhead #612 is close by and affords acces to the Lost Creek Wilderness via the Hankins Pass #630 and the Goose Creek #612 trails and is the primary reason visitors use this campground.
As the only campground surviving the Hayman Fire, this little area is an oasis of green among the burnt surroundings. Being just minutes away from the Lost Creek Wilderness, this campground is a very popular site for those hiking the Goose Creek trails and does see heavy use throughout the camping season. Host is available on site.
No Reservations, This campground is First Come First Serve.
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Goose Creek Campground is a VERY popular campground. Because it has been listed in so many recreation guides and books, and because it is the only surviving campground from the Hayman fire, it gets very high use. People tend to show up on Thursday for weekend camping. All sites are first come first served and must be occupied to be considered “saved”. Almost every weekend is packed at this campground.
Other options for camping include dispersed camping along FS 211 where “P” signs indicate parking, near the Wigwam trailhead north on FS 560, or hiking into the Lost Creek Wilderness and disperse camping. Camping at the Goose Creek trailhead parking area is prohibited.
Parking at each campsite is limited to 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle. An additional $5 fee for each additional vehicle per campsite.
No Water Available. Vault Toilets.
From Denver, travel US Highway 285 south approximately 20 miles to Pine Junction. Turn south on to Jefferson County Road 126. Take Jefferson County 126 south for approximately 22 miles to Forest Road 211, also known as the Cheesman Lake road. Travel west on FS 211 approximately 11 miles to the campground. Travel time is around 2 hours from Denver.