8.9 Excellent
Leadville, Colorado

Whitestar Campground

Leadville, Colorado

Leadville, Colorado 80461
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Sites: 66
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 39.089577695056
Longitude: -106.37133439209

Elevation: 9288' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) no
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $10.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 10.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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Ratings overview

8 Reviews

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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 25

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a national forest campground so reserved online. We booked a month in advance for camping during the week. This campground gets booked quickly on weekends and during the summer. Our site was on the Sage Loop which is the most big rig friendly loop. We had a level back-in site with plenty of room. This is dry camping, but this loop is good if you have solar. The views of the lake and mountains are beautiful. There is a $10 fee to dump and you need a water thief if you want to fill your tanks from the spigot. This location is great for sights in the area and for kayaking or fishing. Would stay here again. We camped at Whitestar Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Site Surface
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take a hike to Historic Interlaken, lots of rafting and kayaking.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

The Sage loop has very few trees so very sunny and warm. While the campsites are very spacious & widely spaced, most of the other camp sites are within view. Reservations well (months) in advance are a must. The camp host does a great job of keeping track of those reservations and posting on each site signs indicating the current/next party, their duration of stay and the next party & their duration. No Hookups. Water is available from nearby spigots (must use a "water thief device" to Fill jerry cans and fresh water holding tanks). Sufficient number of restrooms-pit toilets. Campground is in a great location for any number of outdoor activities. Boat launch ramps were closed during our stay due to the fear of waterborne pests. Canoes and kayaks can be launched, however. I would gladly stay here again. We camped at Whitestar Campground in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Number
Sage Site 20
Site Surface
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Canoe/kayak upper Twin Lake. Fishing in the Twin Lakes or nearby Arkansas River. River rafting. Hiking - Mount Elbert (14,439) is immediately to the north. Camp positioned equidistant between Buena Vista and Leadville.

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Review Count: 324
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 79

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate reflects a 50% Senior Pass discount. This campground has a lot going for it. The sites are very nice and well separated. Because of the lack of vegetation, there is not a lot of privacy but the separation makes up for that. The interior roads are either paved or gravel and the sites are gravel. The views of the surrounding mountain are wonderful. Even though it is on the lake, the lake is not a feature since it is not visible from the camping sites. There are three loops, but, during our visit in mid-September, only the Sage loop was open. This is the loop most suited to RVs, but there are some RV sites in the other loops. The campground is far enough the highway that road noise is not a big issue, particularly in the Sage Loop. The campground hosts were very nice and helpful. Be aware that, although there is water, you are not supposed to use a hose to fill RV tanks, so you might want to fill your tank before you arrive. The water outlets do not have threaded bibs. If you have a “cheater” you can attach a hose, but the signs say that it is not allowed. Make your own choice. There is a dump station, but the charge to dump is $10 even for campers. We elected to not use the dump station and go to a local campground where we could dump and legally fill with fresh water. Since it is a National Forest Service Campground, generators can be used anytime except during nighttime quiet hours. There are vault toilet and no showers. During our mid-September visit, this was the only National Forest Service campground open in the area. It will close on September 28. It is a good site for driving beautiful Independence Pass over to Aspen or to visit Leadville. The campground filled during our weekend visit, so arrive early. As noted, the campground is not really in Leadville, it is closer to Granite or the very small town of Twin Lakes. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Whitestar Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is full almost every weekend and for good reason! The sites are well forested but close enough to Twin Lakes that we can portage our kayaks over the hill and into the water. The sites were big enough for us to have a big RV plus tent all in one place. The camp hosts are nice and laid back, even suggesting their favorite "spots" for hiking and paddling. We camped at Whitestar Campground in a Tent.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

The GPS states that White Star Campground is in the town of Granite, CO, just 15 miles south of Leadville. And what a hidden gem of a place to behold! Well spaced sites on level, gravel pads nestled among pines and Sagebrush. Lovely views of Twin Lakes. There are Boat/kayak rental available at the boat ramp and miles of hiking/biking/fishing opportunities to explore. We camped here in the Sage Loop. We camped at Whitestar Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 66
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Outstanding park with open, level sites surrounded by stunning views of Twin Lakes and Mt. Elbert. This is one of the most beautiful areas to fish, hike, bike or just plain relax! The restrooms were clean and the camp hosts are friendly and helpful. The sites are well spaced, on level gravel pads and the walk-in tent sites are a top pick with the best views in the park. Be sure to bring your own water and be prepared to pay $10 to dump. We camped here in a 37 foot rig and stayed in the Sage Loop and had no troubles at all. We did walk the other two smaller loops in the park and they were equally as nice. This park is truly in the town of Granite--about 16 miles south from Leadville and a stunning drive over Independence Pass to Aspen for a day trip or adventure. We would stay here again in a heartbeat! We camped at Whitestar Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 119
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

I camped here twice in August. Spent 2 days in a tent first. Then overnighted here in my trailer on my way back from Vega SP. I camped on the Sage Loop both times. Sage Loop (sites 1-28) has been remodeled. Roads in this loop are paved. The backends are long and easy to get into. There are pull through sites. Sites are large but there are few trees. Ridge Loop is wooded; has gravel roads and doesn't offer much for RVs. It does have fantastic tent sites. Valley Loop is closer to the road; has huge private sites and can accommodate most RVs. Whitestar fills on weekends so reservations are recommended. During the week you should be able to find a site with no problems. The one problem I had with this park was the number of loose dogs: one of which belonged to the head host. Unlike most hosts in NFS campgrounds, the hosts in this campground were almost invisible. They spoke only if spoken to. They seemed stressed and overworked. I doubt they will be back next season. There is a very nice dump which cost $10. This is a NFS, you don't get fee dumping when sites are $18. You can fill you fresh water sites at the dump for free. There is water on all the loops but you can not connect a hose to those faucets. We camped at Whitestar Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

I have only good things to say about this campground. If you’re looking for rustic camping with an awesome view (one of the best I’ve seen), then Whitestar is the place! Plenty of trees, nice separation from the other campers and level parking. We were in 10 & 12 and, while the picnic table and fire ring were a slight hike to get to, it was worth the climb. If it’s windy, hang on to your paper plates! The panorama of the bottom of Independence Pass was spread out across the lake. If you’re fishing, you’ll have either a steep downhill grade to walk or you’ll need to drive around to the shore. We had some issues with too much Fluoride in water (that’s what the ranger said?), so we couldn’t drink it (It would have been nice to know that before we filled up our fresh water tank!). Be prepared for a $10 dump fee, even if you’re renting a spot in the campground. We camped at Whitestar Campground in a Motorhome.

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