If you and your friends or family are looking for a Fido-friendly group getaway in White River National Forest, Windy Point Campground might just be the paw-fect spot for you! That’s if you’re willing to sacrifice some creature comforts, of course -- facilities at Windy Point are a little rustic. You certainly won’t find any showers, electricity, or RV hookups here.
Nonetheless, the scenery at Windy Point provides a perfect background for a family reunion, friendly catch-up, or even a wedding! The sites are perched on the shores of Dillon Reservoir, and you’ll be treated to fabulous views of the mountains in the distance. A word of warning, though -- there’s no tree cover at Windy Point, as many of the pines had to be removed during the pine beetle infestation. This is exactly why the US Forest Service asks visitors not to move firewood from one part of the forest to the other, so be sure to gather your fuel close to camp. However, at an elevation of 9,000 feet, you and your crew should be fine as long as you bring some shade structures.
There are two group loops at Windy Point -- the Forest Loop and the Lake Loop, both of which can fit up to 100 campers. The Lake Loop has a better view, but you’ll pay a premium for it -- $247.92 as opposed to the Forest Loop’s $201.13. The USFS has designated Windy Point as a heavy-usage campground, so it’s best to make your reservation early.
You and your buddy are sure to sniff out something to do close to camp! Keen anglers might be glad to know that Dillon Reservoir is well-stocked with all sorts of trout. As you might expect from this part of Colorado, the area is something of a haven for hound-dog hikers. There are many trails in the area that will suit four-pawed fitness freaks and laid-back lapdogs alike. The Tenderfoot Trail is just under three miles long, features only a slight incline, and is lined by colorful wildflowers. If you’re looking for a longer walk, consider strolling a stretch of the 7-mile Dillon Reservoir Trail.
WiFi isn't available at Windy Point, and cellular coverage varies from network to network. Fires are permitted, but only in designated rings, and regulations can change with the weather. Unfortunately, there's no water on-site, so you'll either need to bring your own bottle or visit the pump at Prospector Campground close by. Have a pawesome time at Windy Point!