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I am planning to take a trip to Ouray Jan. 18-21. I am a big fan of winter camping and not really looking to stay at a hotel or anything like that.

Previously I have camped at the Orvis hot springs. The place is awesome but I just don't get that winter camping experience I am looking for.

I was wondering if anyone had any beta on a good spot that is decently accessible. I am not looking to hike 5 miles in the snow due to the fact I want to spend most of my day climbing in the park. An area where hot springs are accessible is a must.

Send me a PM if you want to share your spot and don't want to post it for the world.

Cheers,
Nathaniel Holt
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Joined Jul 1, 2011
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Jan 9, 2013
Drive up Camp Bird Rd. There is some open campgrounds up there, if you have a good truck you may be able to get directly into a spot, otherwise you may need to camp at the parking lot or hike 1/4 mile. Tim Zander
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Jan 9, 2013
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People also throw down tents in the Amphitheater Ted Eliason
From Westminster, CO
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Jan 9, 2013
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Thanks guys. Are there hot springs near by at those camp sites? Nathaniel Holt
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Joined Jul 1, 2011
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Jan 10, 2013
ridgway is colder if thats what youre looking for. near the river or reservoir should be frigid during ice fest. -35 sometimes, hows that for a winter camping experience? ouray can be like 25 degrees warmer, lame. Kevin Connolly
From CO
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Jan 10, 2013
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Nathaniel Holt wrote:
Thanks guys. Are there hot springs near by at those camp sites?


No, but they are free. Alas, ya can't have everything.
David Appelhans
From Medford, MA
Joined Nov 11, 2007
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Jan 10, 2013
go up camp bird road and spend the night at angel creek. its free in the winter, and its quite nice. mountain-nut
From Morrison, CO
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