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Hello,
I'm hoping to camp at the Crags TH this weekend, but I noticed the actual designated campground is closed for the season. Does anyone know if they lock the gate, or can I still access the campground? Is the only other option for sleeping at the TH?

Many years ago there was great dispersed camping along the road just before the TH, but I heard they've removed all of that??

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I spoke with host of the campground as I was setting up to camp at the trailhead and he mentioned that the ranger who patrols that TH regularly chased out people sleeping in their cars (this was in late June). He recommended driving a bit further down the road to the end and parking there for the night. No issues in sleeping there and a quick 5 minute drive back to the TH. Hope that helps.
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Mueller State Park across the road has year round paid camping. $37 for admission fee and camp fee.
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Yes ALL of the dispersed camping has been closed.
Sleeping in your car is doable at TH, just don't make it obvious.

Mueller is an option.
Or Golden Bell Campground on CR 512 is close enough, probably 25 minutes.
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there were not a small number of folks sleeping in their vehicles at the trailhead the last time i was at crags in august 2018. it's definitely possible things have changed since then, but i would think there's a much more productive use of park ranger efforts than to kick people out of a parking lot in the middle of the night.
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peter303 wrote: Thu Sep 16, 2021 7:46 pm Mueller State Park across the road has year round paid camping. $37 for admission fee and camp fee.
I highly recommend Mueller State Park as a place to camp. Quiet hours are enforced, its nice to have a place to shower after a long day of hiking, and the camper services building has vending, laundry. There's a bunch of trails that weave around the park that you can explore to help with acclimation. Views of the Sangres and Pikes from the camper services building are breathtaking too.
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Thanks for the responses! Does anyone know of nearby dispersed/free camping within a close drive?
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stephakett wrote: Fri Sep 17, 2021 2:38 pm there were not a small number of folks sleeping in their vehicles at the trailhead the last time i was at crags in august 2018. it's definitely possible things have changed since then, but i would think there's a much more productive use of park ranger efforts than to kick people out of a parking lot in the middle of the night.
Same thing in October 2020. Nobody bothered me then.
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Buckie06 wrote: Fri Sep 17, 2021 3:21 pm Thanks for the responses! Does anyone know of nearby dispersed/free camping within a close drive?
North of there, CR 5 / Manchester Creek Road out of Divide... drive north until you hit national forest. Lost of places, but used a lot by OHVs.
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