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
Friday 08/17 20%
High 94° / Low 61°
Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the low 60s.
Saturday 08/18 40%
High 85° / Low 55°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then partly cloudy late. High around 85F. E winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday 08/19 0%
High 86° / Low 55°
Mainly sunny. High 86F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Monday 08/20 0%
High 90° / Low 60°
Mostly sunny skies. High near 90F. SE winds shifting to SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday 08/21 20%
High 87° / Low 60°
Partly to mostly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 87F. SE winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday 08/22 20%
High 84° / Low 58°
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 84F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
What To Do
Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding – There are miles of trails directly accessible from Little Bear Campground