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

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 36
Cost: $16/night
Use Level: Low
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: None
Toilets: Yes – Vault Toilets
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: 35 Feet
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground open May through September
Other: Firewood is available for purchase

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 39.034459, -107.998874
Nearest City/Town: Cedaredge, Colorado
Elevation: 10000 Feet
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.


Phone: (970) 874-6600 Facebook:
Web: Grand Mesa National Forest Twitter:
Reservations: Not Available

When To Go

Summer – Little Bear Campground is not used heavily and a is a great Western Colorado summer camping destination

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Wednesday 02/21 20%
High 35° / Low 20°
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Partly cloudy skies this morning will become overcast during the afternoon. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High around 35F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Thursday 02/22 40%
High 36° / Low 20°
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Mostly cloudy with snow showers around in the morning. High 36F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 40%.
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Friday 02/23 50%
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Variably cloudy with snow showers. High 32F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.
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Sunday 02/25 70%
High 31° / Low 12°
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Snow showers before noon. Becoming partly cloudy later. High 31F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 70%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
Monday 02/26 0%
High 39° / Low 20°
Sunshine. High 39F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

What To Do

Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding – There are miles of trails directly accessible from Little Bear Campground

Image Credits: Ray F

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