Looking for a pretty place to pitch your tent near some of the most furrifically Fido-friendly recreation options that Colorado’s San Isabel National Forest has to offer? Then you’d be barking mad not to consider camping at Lakeview Campground! The campground is conveniently located under an hour away from Buena Vista, but you will be required to sacrifice some of the conveniences of modern life. You won’t find any showers, electricity, or RV hookups here.
But with a location like this, who could complain about giving up some creature comforts? The campground is well shaded by mature, coniferous trees, and several sites have grrr-eat views of the beautiful Twin Lakes Reservoir. Don’t feel too put out if you don’t get one of these spots -- you’ll still be treated to the awe-inspiring sight of the mountains in the distance.
Several of the 27 sites at Lakeview are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, but it’s still best to book early to ensure your spot. There's no entrance fee to the area, and a night here will set you back $23.
You and your buddy certainly won’t be bored during your stay! Avid anglers will be delighted to know that Twin Lakes Reservoir is well-stocked with all kinds of trout, and you can cook your catch on one of the grills provided with each campsite. As you might expect from this part of Colorado, the area is something of a haven for hound-dog hikers. A stretch of the Continental Divide Trail passes right by the campground, and make no bones about it, the nearby Mount Massive Wilderness is a real mutts-visit for pups and people looking to get in some trail time. Be warned, though -- while all the routes feature some spectacular scenery, from mountain peaks and wooded wonderland to wildflowers and breathtaking views, most of the trails here are suitable for experienced hikers and four-pawed fitness freaks only. The less athletic among us might enjoy a trek on the Native Lakes Trail, a seven-mile out-and-back trek that only has a gradual incline.
WiFi isn’t available at Lakeview, and cellular coverage varies from network to network. You may want to check with your provider before you go if you need to stay in constant contact. Fires are permitted, and drinking water is available on-site. Remember to bring waste bags for your canine companion, and have a pawesome trip!