Little Bear Campground is located along the shore of the fir-tree lined Island Lake, and is one of two campgrounds in Western Colorado’s Grand Mesa National Forest. Little Bear Campground is in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in a large boulder strewn area under spruce-fir trees near the lake. The campground is fairly small, with only 36 campsites, and can be busy in during over weekends, but is usually available during the week. Since the campground is near Island Lake, and several other nearby Grand Mesa National Forest lakes, mosquitos are usually present, so be sure to bring the deep woods bug repellant.
Hiking is the most popular activity at Little Bear, but there are plenty of other activities accessible within the Grand Mesa National Forest, including mountain biking and fishing. The campground had two loops, about half of which are directly adjacent to the lake. Each campsite at Little Bear Campground includes a picnic table, fire ring, and access to bathrooms.
Little Bear Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||36|
|Toilets:||Yes – Vault Toilets|
|RV/Trailer Length:||35 Feet|
|Cell Phone Service:||None|
|Operating Season:||Campground open May through September|
|Other:||Firewood is available for purchase|
|Geo Coordinates:||39.034459, -107.998874|
|Nearest City/Town:||Cedaredge, Colorado|
|Location:||Delta County, Colorado|
|Paved Road Access:||None|
|Proximity to Stores:||17 miles to Cedaredge, Colorado|
|Directions:||From Cedaredge, CO, take State Rt. 65 north 15.7 miles to campground sign (Forest Rt. 116). Turn left at sign onto Rt. 116(gravel) and go 0.8 miles to another campground sign. Turn right just before sign into Little Bear Campground.|
|Web:||Grand Mesa National Forest||Twitter:|
When To Go
Summer – Little Bear Campground is not used heavily and a is a great Western Colorado summer camping destination
Saturday 01/20 80%
High 47° / Low 25°
Cloudy with rain developing this afternoon. High 47F. E winds shifting to SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Sunday 01/21 50%
High 31° / Low 11°
Mainly cloudy with snow showers around in the morning. High 31F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
Monday 01/22 0%
High 35° / Low 13°
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High near 35F. Winds light and variable.
Tuesday 01/23 0%
High 36° / Low 15°
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 36F. Winds light and variable.
Wednesday 01/24 0%
High 41° / Low 22°
Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High 41F. Winds light and variable.
Thursday 01/25 10%
High 45° / Low 19°
Mainly cloudy. High near 45F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
What To Do
Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding – There are miles of trails directly accessible from Little Bear Campground