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
Sunday 01/20 0%
Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the upper 20s.
Monday 01/21 80%
High 37° / Low 18°
Cloudy with rain and snow showers in the morning, becoming all snow for the afternoon. High 37F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 80%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.
Tuesday 01/22 20%
High 30° / Low 8°
Mostly cloudy. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High around 30F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday 01/23 10%
High 30° / Low 18°
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High near 30F. Winds light and variable.
Thursday 01/24 30%
High 32° / Low 15°
On and off snow showers early. Peeks of sunshine later. High 32F. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 30%.
Friday 01/25 0%
High 33° / Low 17°
Partly cloudy skies. High 33F. Winds light and variable.
What To Do
Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding – There are miles of trails directly accessible from Little Bear Campground