Free Camping Buena Vista

Grab your cell phone or computer and pull up a google maps program.  All that green forest service land you see is most likely FREE camping.  There are a few places that have river access parks with paid camping on them but the rest is available for dispersed free camping.

*There are no pit toilets so you need to have a way to collect and dispose of your solid waste* CKS in town sells wag bags.

Fourmile Management Area

Buena Vista is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts because of everything it offers.  One of those things is free camping. Below are some of the areas and how to get to them.

From downtown BV head east on Main street, when you get to CKS on the right turn left.  This paved road becomes a nice dirt road along the river.  You will come to a one lane section with very short but cool rock tunnels.  Just past the tunnels you can park on the right or left where ever there is a pull off. FS371 continues for several miles and you can camp at any pull off.

Same directions as above but right before you get to the one lane rock tunnels you take a right and head up into the foothills.  This will take you to Turtle Rock Campground (Free) and some other areas.  These are very popular areas so arrive early to get a spot.

Turtle Rock Campground
This is a free campground with designated sites, kinda.  There are areas roped off like sites and many have fire rings or shared fire rings. There are no amenities or bathrooms. Sometimes there are some porta potties at the entrance but this place gets a ton of traffic and they aren’t emptied enough so that might not be a very good option.

From BV take 285 East off 24.  You will pass through the small town of Johnson Village.  CR303 will be on your left which will take you to a KOA.  The next left is CR304.  You will drive up a good dirt road and find camping spots along here.  They will have a small sign labeled “Dispersed Camping”. These sites have great views of the valley below and Mt Princeton, a 14er across the valley.

Fourmile Management Website

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