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CampingThe communities of Ouray, Lake City and Silverton all have privately-owned campgrounds. Most of them provide full services, including wastewater dump stations. Several developed sites are also available on public lands and National Forests.

The public campgrounds are located in a variety of settings. Lost Trail is the most remote, while Amphitheater, South Mineral Creek and Wupperman are closer to towns and get heavier use. All the sites provide excellent starting points for hiking, fishing, four-wheeling, motorcycling or photographing. A great number of visitors enjoy camping in undeveloped places. Car camping adjacent to roads is acceptable; but care should be taken to park immediately adjacent to the roads. A camping limit of 14 days applies to all public lands in this area. Because of problems with contamination to Lake City's municipal water supply, the public land along the stretch of road and river between Capitol City and Lake City is closed to camping, except for the meadow at Nellie Creek.