The Telluride area offers up a variety of amazing locations for your chance to enjoy camping in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. From backpacking destinations to walk-in and drive-in campgrounds, we have something for everyone.
Telluride Town Park Campground
(Highly recommended if you can get a spot!) Located between the San Miguel River and Bear Creek on the east end of town, these beautiful campsites are within easy walking distance from downtown Telluride. Town Park is the only place that RVs are allowed for overnight camping within the town limits (and only during the summer). Showers, bathrooms, tennis courts, a pool and parking are located on the grounds. Go east through downtown Telluride on Colorado Avenue (Main Street) until you cross Willow Street and see the Town Park sign on the right. Enter the park by crossing the bridge and following the access road until you see the campgrounds check-in building on the right. No reservations.
Download the Town of Telluride Camping brochure for more information about camping in Telluride.
Other Regional Campgrounds
Visit the US Forest Service website for more details, driving directions, maps and more.
Alta Lakes Campground (dispersed) – 8 miles south of Telluride on State Highway 145, Alta Lakes is a popular dispersed camping area that offers fishing and camping in a spectacular alpine setting. There are approximately 16 primitive camping spots that are completely undeveloped. More info & directions
Matterhorn Campground - 11 miles south of Telluride on State Highway 145, Matterhorn Campground is a developed campground with 28 campsites with 4 of them offering RV hookups (electricity and septic). Most sites on the outer side of the campground loop are wooded. Sites on the inside of the loop are more open. Most sites have pleasant views, especially the walk-in tent sites with unobstructed and panoramic views of the mountains. Hiking trails, fishing and jeep roads are found nearby. Lizard Head Wilderness is about 3 miles away. More info & directions
Sunshine Campground - (see top image - highly recommended) Sunshine Campground is a gorgeous campground with 15 campsites nestled in a dense aspen forest featuring a small mountain lake and spectacular views of Sunshine Peak and the Wilson Range. The campground is just 5 miles from Telluride so it's convenient yet still away from it all. More info & directions
Woods Lake Campground – Woods Lake Campground is situated next to Woods Lake in a dense aspen forest. It has 3 loops with 41 campsites. The campground is an excellent base camp for hikers and equestrians to access the Lizard Head Wilderness via the Lone Cone Trail or Woods Lake Trail. Mountain bikers and motorcyclists can access the Wilson Mesa Trail, only .5 miles from the campground. Fishing opportunities are within walking distance of the campground at nearby Woods Lake. The campground is surrounded by dramatic mountain views of the Lizard Head Wilderness. Telluride, is located about 8 miles east on State Highway 145 from the Fall Creek Road intersection. More info & Directions