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Quick Facts

Dearhammer Campground

Capacity: 65 People
Dump Station: Available Ruedi Campgrounds
Elevation: 7,800 Feet (2431.4 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Maximum RV Size: 35 Feet (10.7 Meters)
Number of Sites: 12
Reservation Status: Not Accepted
Usage: Light
Water Availibility: Available from faucets

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General Description

Typical campsites at the Dearhamer Campround
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Typical campsites at the Dearhamer Campround
Dearhamer is 32 miles east of Carbondale. It is located on the Fryingpan River and east of Ruedi Reservoir. 12 campsites plus a host site on the Fryingpan River above Ruedi Reservoir. Boating in the reservoir, fishing in the river and the reservoir. 35-foot maximum RV length. No hook ups available. Facilities Camping units for auto and trailer, pickup campers, motorhomes and tents. Water available from hydrant. Vault type toilet. Camping units have table and benches, firering and parking spur. Graveled campground road. Attractions & Considerations Nearest Services : Grocery Store - Basalt (22 miles west) Gas Station - Basalt Dump Station-Ruedi Cmpgrds (7 miles west) Drug Store - Basalt Physician - Basalt Hospital - Glenwood Springs (42 miles west) Hospital - Aspen (42 miles east) Church - Thomasville/Basalt

Directions from Basalt: 23 miles east of Basalt, CO up the Frying Pan Rd, County Rd 104

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Mid-May through Late September (NOTE: fee season offers water, trash colection, vault toilets, camp hosts, and firewood sales) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Includes water, trash collecti

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Reba Las Vegas (Boulder, Co)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great place to camp. Quite, shaded and remote enough to forget about reality. THE FISHING WAS UNBELIEVABLE. I caught 83 trout in three days...no kidding!!!
Conditions: June rain in the afternoon was enough to cool down the heat of the sun and give the ground some moisture.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Conditions: SNOW

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Ruedi Reservoir
ICON Camping Dearhammer Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Ruedi Reservoir and Frying Pan River

Nearby Services

Groceries: regional store (Private - Profit) Directions: Basalt (22 miles west)

Gas Station: several regional chains in Basalt (Private - Profit) Directions: 23 miles west to Basalt

Nearest Hospital: Aspen Valley Hospital (Private - Profit) Directions: 29 miles west to Basalt and 17 miles to Aspen on Hwy. 82. At the roundabout west of Aspen, turn right onto Castle Creek Road and follow 1/4 mile to hospital on right.

Showers: KOA campground in Basalt (Private - Profit) Directions: 23 miles west to Basalt and 2 miles northwest on highway 82

Nearest Pay Phone: US WEST (Private - Profit) Directions: 1 mile east on County Rd 104 to Meredith

Miscellaneous: Propane at KAO campground (Private - Profit) Directions: 23 miles west to Basalt and 2 miles northwest on

Dump Station: Forest Service (non-profit) Directions: Ruedi Campgrounds (7 miles west)

Drug Store: various local chains (private-profit) Directions: Basalt (22 miles west)

Physician: various (private-profit) Directions: Basalt (22 miles west)

Church - Thomasville/Basalt: various (non - profit) Directions: Thomasville (4 miles east), Basalt (22 miles west)

Related Activities
Eagle/Thomasville Road - This road is not a four wheel drive road, but is very dangerous and slippery when wet. Do not drive on it if rain is in the forecast or it has recently rained!

More Information
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Visitor Information:

Sopris Ranger District, 620 Main St, P.O. Box 309 , Carbondale, CO, 81623, Phone: 970-963-2266, Fax: 970-963-1012


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