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Halfmoon Campground

Capacity: 120 People
Elevation: 9,900 Feet (3086.0 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 24
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Halfmoon Creek
Copyright: John Cys
Halfmoon Creek
All campsites in the Halfmoon Drainage are first come, first serve. The two campgrounds have managers to help you with your needs. Fees are paid at the fee station located at the entrance to each campground. Each campground is equipped with drinking water, toilets, tables, fire rings and trash collection. The Halfmoon drainage from the Forest boundary west to the intersection with Forest Road 110.3a and from the Wilderness boundary on the north to รพ mile south of the road is under a special black bear food storage prohibition. All food, refuse and other bear attractants must be stored in a bear resistant manner at all times, unless you are in the process of preparing or eating your food or are transporting your food (such as in a backpack).

Directions from Leadville: From Leadville, travel 3.9 miles west on US Highway 24. Take Colorado 300 west 3/4 of a mile to Lake County 11. Turn left on to 11 and travel 1.25 miles. Turn right on to Forest Road 110 then follow signs to the Halfmoon Campgrounds.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: June through September (NOTE: Opening and closing dates may change depending on weather conditions.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
single-unit campsite Call for Current Fee Each campground is equipped wi

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Jack Corriere (Denver, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: This campground is situated on Halfmoon creek which later turns into Elbert creek. The fishing is fair in the creek. Up the road is Emerald lake which offers fair to good fishing. If you are looking for a very private and secluded campsite, do not go here, instead go to Elbert Creek Campground which is just a little bit more up the road. At Halfmoon the sites are 20 feet apart and are not very secluded at all. The area in which you camp is very beautiful and scenic. Fishing is overall pretty good. Overall this campground is good.
Conditions: Very dry, right next to the creek.
Water Availability: Bring your own water, there is water at the campground though.

Filed By: Bonnie Ham (Friendswood, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We camped on the East side-beautiful stream, flowers and mountain view. Bathroom was up a steep hill, but OK. Would love to come back.
Conditions: We were on site 3 and had great morning sun to warm us up.
Water Availability: Water was available across the road on the West side.

Filed By: cindy dba wolf tracks nature inspired arts (shawnee kansas, ks)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is an awsome campground. We came into the campground around 10 pm, it was pretty much pitch dark. We had no trouble finding a spot. In the morning we woke up to a beautful creek side spot with wonderful views of the peaks. I would highly recommend this campground.
Conditions: august 2002
Water Availability: we brought our own water

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail
ICON Family Camping Halfmoon East & West Campgrounds
ICON RV Camping Halfmoon East & West Campgrounds
ICON Tent Camping Halfmoon East & West Campgrounds
ICON Trailer Camping Halfmoon East & West Campgrounds
ICON Camping Halfmoon Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Halfmoon Creek
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Halfmoon Road, South Halfmoon Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Willow Creek Trail, Colorado Trail, Mt. Massive Trail, Mt. Elbert Trail (North), North Halfmoon Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Willow Creek Trail, Colorado Trail, North Halfmoon Trail, Halfmoon Road, South Halfmoon Road
ICON Big Game Hunting Mount Massive Wilderness
ICON Small Game Hunting Mt. Massive Wilderness Area
ICON Bird Identification Halfmoon General Forest Area - various trails
ICON Pine Cone Gathering Halfmoon General Forest Area - various trails
ICON Plant Identification Halfmoon General Forest Area - various trails
ICON Wildflower Identification Halfmoon General Forest Area - various trails
ICON Mountain Biking Halfmoon Road, South Halfmoon Road, Mt. Elbert Creek - One Way, Mt. Elbert Creek/Pipeline Loop
ICON ATV Riding Halfmoon Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Halfmoon Road, South Halfmoon Road

Related Activities
Colorado Trail (Halfmoon to Twin Lakes) - This segment of the Colorado Trail begins in the Halfmoon Drainage and continues for approximately 6 miles to the Lakeview Campground above Twin Lakes.

Colorado Trail (Turquoise Lake to Halfmoon Creek) - This section of the Colorado Trail is known as #10. It begins west of Turquoise Lake and ends 11.5 miles later in the Halfmoon Creek drainage.

Halfmoon Road - Halfmoon Road begins on Fish Hatchery Road (#300) and continue to the Champion Mine. The first 7 miles are accessible to 2 WD vehicles.

Mt. Elbert - Mt. Elbert at 14,433 ft elevation is the highest point in Colorado. It is the second highest mountain in the adjacent 48 states.

Mt. Massive - Mount Massive is the second highest peak in Colorado and is appropriately named, with seven summits over 14,000 feet. Elevation of the highest peak is 14,421 feet.

North Halfmoon Trail - This trail leads the hiker to a high alpine lake. North Halfmoon Lakes are located almost 3 miles from the trailhead on Halfmoon Road.

South Halfmoon Road - South Halfmoon Road is recommended for experienced four-wheel drivers only. It is very rough with a few stream crossings.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Leadville Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 2015 North Poplar , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-0749, Fax: 719-486-0928


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