Open: Memorial Day to Labor Day
Number of Sites: 10
About: As the only campground surviving the Hayman Fire, this little area is an oasis of green among the burnt surroundings. Being just minutes away from the Lost Creek Wilderness, this campground is a very popular site for those hiking the Goose Creek trail.
Goose Creek Campground is a VERY popular campground. Because it has been listed in so many recreation guides and books, and because it is the only surviving campground from the Hayman fire, it gets very high use. People tend to show up on Thursday for weekend camping. All sites are first come first served and must be occupied to be considered saved. Almost every weekend is packed at this campground.
Other options for camping include dispersed camping along FS 211 where “P” signs indicate parking, near the Wigwam trailhead north on FS 560, or hiking into the Lost Creek Wilderness and disperse camping. Camping at the Goose Creek trailhead parking area is prohibited.
Fees: $15 (2011)
Restrooms: Vault Toilet
Restrictions: Tent only
Directions: From Denver, travel US Highway 285 south approximately 20 miles to Pine Junction. Turn south on to Jefferson County Road 126. Take Jefferson County 126 south for approximately 22 miles to Forest Road 211, also known as the Cheesman Lake road. Travel west on FS 211 approximately 11 miles to the campground. Travel time is around 2 hours from Denver.
CAUTION: FS 211 is a dirt road traveling through burn area and subject to flash flooding, falling trees, washboarding, and washouts due to lack of vegetation.