Lake Irwin

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Camp Type: Tent, RV
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Restroom: Pit Toilet
Permit: Not required
Shower: No
Wifi: Not available
Entrance Fee: $18.00
Campfire: Allowed
Pet Fee: None
Leash Rule: On Leash
Description
Lake Irwin Campground is set high in the Colorado mountains at an elevation of 10,200 feet just a few miles outside of Crested Butte. Nestled between Lake Irwin on the east and the Ruby Mountain Range to the west, this dog-friendly campground is very popular amongst outdoor enthusiasts. Crested Butte - known as the wildflower capital of the world - is one of the most picturesque mountain towns in the state. A former mining town, today Crested Butte bustles with outdoor lovers and those looking to revel in the area's natural beauty. 

Given the fact the Lake Irwin Campground sits at over 10,000 feet, the nights can be chilly, and showers are common in the afternoons. If you decide to bring your four-legged friend, make sure they have ample protection and a six-foot leash. The campground surrounds the stunning alpine lake, offering 30 sites, pit toilets, and firewood available for purchase. Many people opt to fish the lake during the day or take a kayak or paddleboard out to truly experience all the area has to offer. 

If you want to explore Lake Irwin and the surrounding mountains by foot with your furry friend, you will undoubtedly be wowed by the extreme beauty in the basin above the campground, known as the Raggeds Wilderness. There are numerous trails within the Ruby Range that make for a great day hike right from the campground. This popular campground is heavily used, so reservations are encouraged. We recommend visiting between late June and October, as any earlier than that you may be met with snow! Crested Butte is also known for its mountain biking and wildflowers, as mentioned. Peak wildflower season is mid-July. If you aren't there during the Wildflower Festival, check out the visitor center and take a guided tour where you will learn all about the area's stunning vegetation. 

Safety
Rocky, Muddy, Diverse Landscape
Bears, Coyotes, Ticks, Fire Ants
Address
Hwy 826
Gunnison, CO 81230
Open Months
June - October
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Address
Hwy 826
Gunnison, CO 81230
Open Months
June - October