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Heaton Bay Campground (Colorado)

Heaton Bay Overview

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Heaton Bay Campground is located way up in the high country at 9,000 feet on the Dillon Reservoir in the White River National Forest.  The campground has 87 campsites for tents, trailers and RVs. Campsites are reservable, but there also are several first-come, first-served. Check in is usually around 3PM and check out is at noon. You can improve your chances for a first-come, first-serve site if you arrive around 7:30 a.m.

Some of the campsites have electric hookups to keep you warm on the chilly nights. Each campsite has a table, fire ring, grill and food locker.  Bring your fishing pole because the fishing is good at Dillon Reservoir, as well as a few creeks in the area.   All campsite pads and campground roads are paved. The campground has drinking water, firewood for sale, vault toilets and a picnic area. Firewood is also available for sale from the campground host.

Heaton Bay Area Recreation

Heaton Bay Campground is a great basecamp to hike/backpack to some of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks. In addition to fishing and hiking, visitors can enjoy biking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, picnicking, horseback riding, hunting and wildlife viewing. There are also some nice OHV riding trails in the area including Bald Mountain (FRS #520 and 528), Boreas Pass (County Road 10), Brush Creek (FSR #1695) and Cataract Creek (FSR #1725). Check OHV road conditions HERE.  Boat ramp access is available in the marinas located in the nearby towns of Frisco and Dillon.

Other campgrounds in the area include Peak One, Prospector and Lowry.

Make a Reservation for Heaton Bay

  • BBQ Grills
  • Boat Launch/Ramp
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Golden Age & Access Passports accepted
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
  • RV Hookups
  • Wood
  • Backpacking
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • OHVing
  • OTV Trails/Riding
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Reservoir
  • Sailboarding
  • Sailing
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Walking Trails
  • Water Sports
  • Wilderness Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wind Surfing
Dillon Dam Road
Silverthorne, Colorado 80498
970 927-0107
Make a Reservation Campground Map
Best Campsites

3, 4, 5, 10, 18, 19, 22, 23, 33, 37, 48, 52, 65, 75

Campsite Types
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer

From: Mid May To: early October



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Heaton Bay Comments & Reviews

Visted Heaton Bay Campground lately? We'd love to hear about your adventure. Did you find us useful? Did we forget something? Anything our community should know before heading out to Heaton Bay?

14 Comments on “Heaton Bay”

  1. Mark Temple says:

    hi, we are trying to come in early July and wondered what we need to do in order to get a site for a trailer with a 30 amp plug and water. Seems hard to reserve online and I would appreciate some guidance. Thanks!

    • Hi Mark,
      Great question. And you’re correct – July is a tough time to get camping reservations at the popular campgrounds like Heaton Bay. Reservations must be made 4 Day(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance. Our ‘Make A Reservation’ button on the Heaton Bay campground page will link you directly to Recreation.gov page to check availability and make a reservation. Coincidentally we just published an article on tips for making reservations at popular campgrounds. In a nutshell, you’ll want to have your site picked out (at Reservation.gov) and have your finger on the ‘Check Availability’ button at 7:00 a.m. (PST) 6 months to the day you want to arrive. For example, if you wanted to arrive on July 10, then have everything ready (site picked, dates picked, etc.) and cued up at 6:59 a.m. (PST) on Jan 10. Exactly at 7:00 a.m. – click the ‘Check Availability’ button and wait to see if you got your spot. Check out our article for more tips. Good luck!

  2. Rosie says:

    I have a reservation for July 7-9. Is there a place at this campground to dock a boat?
    Thank you

    • Hi Rosie,
      There are two marinas on Dillion Reservoir that have boat ramps and docks with slips. One is located in the town of Frisco and the other in Dillon. Both are a few miles from Heaton Bay campground.

  3. Bethany says:

    Can you use a pop-up trailer in a tent spot? Looking for 2 spaces, 1 for a 33ft trailer with hook-ups and 1 for at 20 ft pop-up. Dates July 3-7, 2019. I see walk-up spots available. How does that work? Can I just reserve them?
    Thank you

    • Hi Bethany,
      You can use (or park) a pop-up trailer in the parking spots designated for the walk-in (tent only) campsites at Heaton Bay. Those are first-come, first-serve. All other sites are reservable. July 4th holiday/weekend is generally popular and sells out.

  4. robyn says:

    I have reserved at Heaton Bay many times but this campground is no longer listed in Reserve America.
    I have tired many dates less than 6 months but this campground is no longer listed.
    Has it been moved to another reservation site?
    Thank You

    • Hi Robyn,
      If you click on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button on the Heaton Bay campground page it will direct you to Recreation.gov. It is the agency that now handles campground reservations for Heaton Bay. You can also click HERE.

  5. sharon difloe says:

    do you take america the beautiful or senior pass?

  6. Kelly says:

    We are going to try to get a walk up spot for a trailer in July. When does the park open for walk ups? Any other tips to try to ensure a spot this late?

    • Hi Kelly,
      For Heaton Bay campground – check in is usually around 3PM and check out is at noon. You can improve your chances for a first-come, first-serve site if you arrive around 7:30 a.m. And if you’re planning on a weekend (Fri-Sun) stay, it’s best if you can try and check in on Thursday.
      Best of luck!

  7. Travis Fasching says:

    Dear Camp Ranger,
    I can see that Heaton Bay campground activities mention Mountain Biking, Nature Trails, OHVing, OTV Trails/Riding… Does this mean ATV’s are permitted inside the park area? If they are not allowed, then is there a designated place to park OHV somewhere on the outside of the campground area? – Thanks in advance for your guidance!

    • Hi Travis,

      There are some nice OHV riding trails in the area (outside Heaton Bay campground) including Bald Mountain (FRS #520 and 528), Boreas Pass (County Road 10), Brush Creek (FSR #1695) and Cataract Creek (FSR #1725). Check OHV road conditions HERE.

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