Kit Carson Campground is snuggled in a forest of aspens and Jeffrey pines on the banks of the West Fork Carson River. It’s along Highway 88 in Woodfords Canyon. This dog-friendly campground is ideal for tents and small RVs, sitting at an elevation of 6,864 feet. The nearest town is Markleeville, where you can shop for supplies. From great fishing to great views, there’s a lot to enjoy at Kit Carson.
The campground is extraordinarily beautiful in the fall. Besides the beauty of the river, the rugged canyon walls and quaking aspens contribute to the magnificence of the place. The huge granite boulders, aspen groves, and views of the mountains combine to create a marvelous setting. The grounds are easily accessible from the road, and it's easy to access Carson River.
There are 12 no-hookup campsites at the campground. Each site has a picnic table, fire pit, and a bear box. You'll also have access to drinking water, pit toilets, and a garbage dumpster, but no dump station. Firewood can be bought on-site. Fishing is great here; on the lower loop, you’re next to the river, and Hope Valley is great for fly fishing. Other activities include hiking, horseback riding, wildlife watching, and OHV recreation. The upper loop is further from the road and quieter. It’s a well-maintained campground and the toilets are often described as the cleanest campers come across. Do your part to keep the place clean; pack some poop bags when camping with Fido and clean up after them.
You can enjoy a scenic drive and snap some brilliant photos while on the Carson Pass Scenic Byway. The vibrant undergrowth, fantastic fishing, and boating all make for an exciting experience. Hikers will enjoy how a short drive leads them to numerous trailheads. Whether you want to go rock climbing or explore the canyon, the campground doesn’t fail to impress. All in all, Kit Carson Campground promises a great experience for you and your doggo.