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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests > Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District

Quick Facts

Summit Lake Campground

Elevation: 10,300 Feet (3210.7 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 15
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Aerial view from the Buffalo Pass area north into the Zirkel Wilderness
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Aerial view from the Buffalo Pass area north into the Zirkel Wilderness
Summit Lake Campground is located 15 miles northeast of Steamboat Springs, on Buffalo Pass, at an elevation of 10,300 feet. A high clearance vehicle is recommended for the Buffalo Pass Road, which accesses the campground.

Fishing is available on Summit Lake, however, only hand powered craft are permitted. This is an access to major trailheads into the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness Area. A day use fee is charged to park in the two day use area parking lots provided for the visitor to use while fishing or picnicking.


Summit Lake Campground has 16 campsites with tables and fireplace grates, a water system (seasonal), and vault toilets. No trash service is available. Pack-it-in, Pack-it-out policy! The maximum spur length is 22 feet.

Directions from Steamboat Springs: Travel 2 miles north of Steamboat Springs on Routt County Road 36 (Strawberry Park Road), then 13 miles northeast on Routt County Road 38 (Buffalo Pass Road).

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Early July through Mid-October (NOTE: Actual opening and closing dates will be contingent on the weather.) . Normal Services Available: Early July through Mid-September (NOTE: After Mid-September water may not be available. Fee will be reduced if services are reduced.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON RV Camping 9 Sites, maximum spur length 22 feet. High clearance vehicles recommended for the Buffalo Pass Road.
ICON Tent Camping 16 Sites
ICON Camping Summit Lake Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Summit Lake
ICON Hiking & Walking Mt Zirkel Wilderness and adjacent area
ICON Horseback Riding General Area
ICON Wildflower Identification General Area
ICON Viewing Scenery General Area

Nearby Services

Emergency: various (County) Directions: 15 miles southwest to Steamboat Springs

Nearest Hospital: Routt Memorial Hospital (Private - Other) Directions: 15 miles southwest to Steamboat Springs

Gas Station: various (Private - Profit) Directions: 15 miles southwest to Steamboat Springs

Groceries: various (Private - Profit) Directions: 15 miles southwest to Steamboat Springs

Nearest Pay Phone: various (Private - Profit) Directions: 15 miles southwest to Steamboat Springs

Related Activities
Buffalo Pass Trailhead - The Buffalo Pass Trailhead is located east of Steamboat Springs on Buffalo Pass. It immediately accesses the Wyoming Trail #1101, which links to numerous others.

Wyoming Trail - This 50 mile trail generally follows the Continental Divide from roughly Rabbit Ears Pass, north into Wyoming. It can be traveled in sections, because it can be accessed from a number of different points.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, 925 Weiss Drive , Steamboat Springs, CO, 80487, Phone: 970-879-1870, Fax: 970-879-2147


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