Most ski areas don’t have camping… But then again, we’re not like most ski areas. Here’s everything you need to know about camping at Bluebird.
WHY STAY WITH US?
✓ Fire pits
✓ Picnic Tables
✓ On-site camp host
✓ Zero commute to the skin track
✓ Physically distant by design
Camping is located at the far end of the parking lot, steps away from the base area and skin track.
Camping is available Wednesday – Sunday nights, which means you can park your rig once and have first tracks to powder turns at Bluebird Backcountry all weekend long. We keep the access plowed and maintained during the days we are open and recommend a 4WD or AWD vehicle.
PLANNING YOUR STAY
Ready to rough it? You’ll fit right in at Camp Bluebird. Our campground is located in the main parking lot and it’s the perfect place to keep the good vibes going after your day on the skin track.
- What’s There: Fire pits, port-a-potty restroom, other backcountry-minded folks, gorgeous sunsets and views
- What’s Not There: Water, electric hookup, trash service
- Bring Your Own: Firewood, table and chairs
- Oatmeal, breakfast burritos, soups, and snacks are available in the base area.
- The base area closes at 4pm.
Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance of camping.
Checking In and Out
Check in at the Bluebird Backcountry base area during the day or at Camp Bluebird at night. Everyone in your party will need to sign a waiver and provide contact information for safety.
- Please check in with guest services when you arrive.
- You are welcome to arrive starting at 1pm on the day you have a reservation.
- If you will be arriving after 4pm, check in with the camp host. If you plan to arrive after 9pm, print out your confirmation email and put it in the window of your vehicle.
- Please vacate your camping spot by 11am the day you are checking out. (You are welcome to relocate your vehicle to the general parking area and still enjoy a great day out on the mountain).
- Please note: There’s no snowplowing between 4:30pm and 8am.
Camp Bluebird Rules
In order to provide an awesome experience for all our guests, Camp Bluebird enforces the following rules:
- Be kind and friendly! We’re all here because we love the winter backcountry experience.
- Quiet hours are from 10pm to 6am, including generators (except emergencies).
- Fires are allowed in the provided fire pits only; please bring your own firewood.
- Please stay in the vicinity of the camping area at all times unless accompanied by the camp host.
- Well behaved dogs are allowed, and are allowed to ski with you on Monday, Thursday, and Friday with the purchase of a Dog Pass. Please pick up after your dog!
Dog Passes (and 5 nights of camping) are included in our Season Pass
- Please maintain at least a six-foot distance from other parties, and wear masks if six-foot distance is not possible.
Get Ready for Cold Temps
Expect it to be COLD! Mornings in the single digits or even below zero (plus windchill) aren’t uncommon. This means beautiful clear nights and crisp sunrises — and it also means campers need to be outfitted for chilly weather.
In our experience, folks who have the best experiences camping at Bluebird arrive in campervans or other rigs suited for four-season camping, including a heater. Tent camping is strongly discouraged.
Need some advice on how to make your experience even more enjoyable? Read our tips on How to Crush Your First Winter Camping Trip at Bluebird.
Rent a Van!
Don’t have your own rig? No problem! We’ve partnered with these fine folks to provide discounts on campervan rental for Bluebird guests.
Native Campervans — 10% off rentals when you enter code Bluebird at checkout
Titus Adventure Co — 15% off with code BLUEBIRD
Escape Campervans — Discounted nightly rates and complimentary bedding & kitchen supplies with code BLUEBIRD
A-Lodge Vans — 15% off with code bluebird2021 (two-day minimum)
In case of emergency, our camp host is on site throughout the evening. You can reach our camp host, Justin, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-663-9084.
We think you’ll love an overnight stay at Bluebird. But if we’re full, or you need to camp on nights that we’re not open, we’ve got some local alternatives:
If you’re looking to camp on a day Bluebird isn’t open, we recommend the FS-312 turnoff at the east summit of Rabbit Ears Pass (free) or the Wolford Campground and Marina outside Kremmling ($35/vehicle per night).
Additionally, if there’s a snowstorm (or even a really windy night), we recommend late arrivals to Bluebird camp at one of these locations — our road gets really snowy and is only plowed between the hours of 8:30am and 4pm.
East summit of Rabbit Ears Pass
Wolford Campground and Marina
If you’re looking for a warm and dry place to stay, please consider lodging with one of our lodging partners:
- Kremmling (~30-45 minutes away)
- The Hotel Eastin
- Muddy Creek Cabins
- Kremmling Cabin
- Steamboat Springs (~30-45 minutes away)
- Walden (~30-45 minutes away)
- Silverthorne (~1 hr 15min away)
- Breckenridge (~1hr 45min away)
Bluebird guests score discounts at all of these locations. Details here.