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Fulford Cave Campground

Capacity: 35 People
Elevation: 9,400 Feet (2930.2 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 7
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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Fulford Cave Campground
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Fulford Cave Campground
At an elevation of 9,400 feet, Fulford Cave Campground is located in a sparse stand of young aspen, spruce and fir, near an active beaver pond and East Brush Creek. From this high location, there are nice views of Yeoman Park below.

Fulford Cave Campground has 7 partly-shaded campsites with picnic tables and fire ring grills. This campground has small sites, clustered together and only one site could accommodate a vehicle up to 25 feet long. There is one vault toilet and drinking water is available at a hydrant. Trash receptacles are also available for garbage disposal.

TRAILS - There are three popular trails beginning next to the campground.
The Fulford Cave Trail, #1875, (0.7 miles) goes up to the entrance of Fulford Cave.
The Lake Charles Trail, #1899, (5.4 miles) goes up to Lake Charles in the Holy Cross Wilderness.
The Iron Edge Trail, #1873, (7.4 miles) is a horseback riding and hiking trail that leads to the Peter Estin ski hut and then goes on to Lake Charles.

FISHING - East Brush Creek, running next to the campground, has both brook and
rainbow trout.

FULFORD CAVE - This popular cave has a great variety of features to discover and
explore. Cave exploration can be exciting, but visitors are reminded that caves can be dangerous and that special equipment is needed for a safe trip.

HISTORY - A visit to the historic mining town of Fulford is just a couple of miles up FDR 418.

Directions from Eagle: Follow the Brush Creek Road 10 miles south of Eagle; turn left on the East Brush Creek, FDR 415 and drive 7 miles southeast. The last mile on FDR 415 to the campground is a narrow and rough rocky road.

Directions from Vail: Travel west on I-70 to Eagle (exit #147). Turn left and drive into Eagle. Turn left on Capitol Street and follow to Brush Creek Road. Turn left and follow Brush Creek Road 10 miles south of Eagle; turn left on the East Brush Creek, FDR 415 and drive 7 miles southeast. The last mile on FDR 415 to the campground is a narrow and rough rocky road.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel west on I-70 to Eagle (exit #147). Turn left and drive into Eagle. Turn left on Capitol Street and follow to Brush Creek Road. Turn left and follow Brush Creek Road 10 miles south of Eagle; turn left on the East Brush Creek, FDR 415 and drive 7 miles southeast. The last mile on FDR 415 to the campground is a narrow and rough rocky road.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: June through October (NOTE: Seasons vary depending on weather conditions.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Includes water, trash collecti

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed for the season Updated: 2002-01-16 09:45:00.0

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Filed By: Kevin & Debra Long (Denver, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have been camping here about 7 or 8 times. It is breathtakingly beautiful, totally immersed in nature, quiet, and most of all it is a wonderful getaway from big city life. During the week is the best time to go. The best trip was when we went camping there on December 17, 2002, several months after Colorado's 100 year blizzard. There was 5 feet of snow and we would have been in big trouble if we hadn't been prepared. Suggestions, if there is snow...the best 4 wheel drive won't help you past the lower campsite and you need a good 4 wheel drive for that, just be prepaired to get stuck because chances are you will. Summer time is much more comfortable there are only about 7 camp sites that are fairly spread out and even though reservations are not accepted we have always found a spot, even on weekends. Must go to Fulford Cave. I have not fished here although many do. We all delay breaking down camp for as long as possable because non of us ever want to leave once we get there.
Conditions: Winter, fall, and spring camping you should be prepaired for snow. Always be prepared for rain, hail, and snow even in the summer, the weather is extreamly unpredictable. Fulford Cave is very wet and fairly chilly. I would suggest rubber rain suits or at least a change of dry clothing. I have two young boys and have seen many parents attempt to bring young children in this cave. This cave is in the state park and I have never seen any animals, however, it is fairly dificult to get around. Don't go in the cave alone, helmet is a must, warm water proof gloves is also a big help, and a climbing rope may come in handy. Being short is a disadvantage in this cave and this is one of the main reasons I would not suggest bringing children. Be careful on the ropes left behind by others, they may be wet. I had to go through 10 weeks of therapy after falling 6 feet from a wet rope. I tore ligaments in both knees and my right ankle, brused the knee cap on both sides of both knees. I'm okay now and have been back a few times sense. I've never been bothered by bugs its pretty cool year round. There are no bad camp sites and there is plenty of shade.
Water Availability: We always take one gallon per person per day, I've never really looked for the water there although I know it's somewhere. The only things out there are a nasty bathroom, fire pits, and picnick tables. Its definately a trip to remember especially in the winter, if your up for the challenge because you will be constantly packing the snow or digging it out of your way.

Time of Day: morning
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: It is a pretty drive into the campground. Nice mountain views, beautiful aspens, the meandering creek, wildlife. I must have seen about 9 live beavers while I was there. The creek is right next to the campsite, but it's a steep drop off to get there. It is well marked and there are fenceposts that block the dangerous area. Kids would be safe there, I think--if you keep an eye on the younger ones, or just chose a spot away from the edge. There are a handful of interior spaces. Oh, the area has lots of water, so the bugs can be a little troublesome, if you aren't moving. Bring repellant. The cave is fun. If you go, bring headlamps for everyone in the party and backup lights too. Something to cover your head--they suggest a hardhat/helmut, but a hat at least. Warm clothes (the caves are cool and somewhat wet in places). Gloves! Water to drink, naturally. The trail is good, but the entrances are not marked. There is a tube/ladder you go down into to find the bigger caverns, but the cover on it was broken and looked like it said, 'closed'. I discovered that it actually said, 'close lid'. There is a map of the cave, but I didn't find it to be terribly helpful. You can stand in most of the cave sections, but there are some low ceilings. There's another entrance just above the tube. You have to cross some logs to get through it, but you can hold onto the wall. The bigger section is down below however. You could spend hours in there. Pay attention--this place is fun but caves can be dangerous if you are not prepared. In the lower caverns I did notice some red arrows pointing the way out. Oh, I would recommend that you go with someone. It can be slippery. If you injured yourself... I would not recommend it for young children. You'd have to tie them to you. My six-year-old could probably handle it, but I would still tie him to me. The Lake Charles trail is a pretty one, and an excellent solid trail. I wish they had some signs along the way though to tell you how far to certain points. I think I made it to the lake, but I couldn't tell if that was it, because it wasn't marked. I passed no one on the trail either direction, but I also left later in the day on a Friday. I think it's a 4-5 hour round-trip hike for the Lake Charles trail. Enjoy.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Fulford Cave Campground
ICON Caving Fulford Cave
ICON Cold Water Fishing Nearby, East Brush Creek
ICON Hiking & Walking Fulford Cave trail # 1875, Lake Charles trail #1899, Iron Edge trail #1873.

Nearby Services

Gas Station: Regional Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 17 miles in Eagle

Groceries: Regional Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 17 miles in Eagle

Hotel/Motel: National Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 17 miles in Eagle

Nearest Hospital: Local (Private - Profit) Directions: 31 miles in Glenwood Springs or Vail

Information Station: Co-op of Town, USFS, BLM, DOW, and Historical Soci (Other Local) Directions: 17 miles in Eagle

Laundry: Local (Private - Profit) Directions: 17 miles in Eagle

Nearest Pay Phone: Regional Chain (Private - Profit) Directions: 17 miles in Eagle

Restaurants: Local and National Chains (Private - Profit) Directions: 17 miles in Eagle

Showers: Motel, Church (during Hunting Season), Swimming Po (Private - Profit) Directions: 17 miles in Eagle

Related Activities
Brush Creek General Forest Area - This area south of Eagle includes both the East and West Brush Creek drainages.

Crooked Creek Pass Loop - This loop south of Eagle, links Yeoman Park, Hat Creek, Crooked Creek Pass and Sylvan Lake. It is recommended for mountain bikes or high clearance, 4 wheel-drive vehicles.

Fulford Cave - Fulford Cave, south of Eagle, was designated the 8th largest cave in Colorado and offers a great variety of features to explore.

Fulford Cave Trail - This short trail which begins at the Fulford Cave Campground leads to the entrance to Fulford Cave.

Fulford Trail Loop Mountain Bike Trail - The Fulford Trail Loop is located south of Eagle, near Yeoman Park. It consists of 5.7 miles of gradual climbing on dirt road and 3.6 miles of descent on a jeep road, the Old Fulford Trail.

Ironedge Trail - The Ironedge Trail begins at the Fulford Cave Campground. It crosses East Brush Creek, leads up to the ridge separating the Lime and East Brush Creek drainages, then down to Lake Charles.

Lake Charles Trail - This trail south of Eagle follows East Brush Creek into the Holy Cross Wilderness, up to Lake Charles and Mystic Island Lake.

Newcomer Loop Mountain Bike Trail - This relatively short and easy loop is located south of Eagle, near Yeoman Park. It utilizes mostly gravel road, with a one mile portion of downhill jeep track.

Nolan Lake - Nolan Lake is a 7 acre glacial tarn, at 11,240 feet, in the Holy Cross Wilderness southeast of Eagle.

Nolan Lake Trail - This trail south of Eagle, near Fulford, leads through the Holy Cross Wilderness to Nolan Lake.

Yeoman Park - Up East Brush Creek, south of Eagle, Yeoman Park provides a good area for viewing scenery and wildlife activity.

Yeoman Park to Fulford Cave Campground Mountain Bi - This relatively short and easy ride follows a dirt road from Yeoman Park Campground to Fulford Cave Campground.

Yoeman Park Discovery Trail - This short interpretive trail in Yeoman Park, south of Eagle, is designed to accommodate visitors with disabilities.

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Visitor Information:

Eagle Ranger District, 125 W. 5th St., P.O. Box 720 , Eagle, CO, 81631, Phone: 970-328-6388, Fax: 970-328-6448


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