Camping at Union Valley Reservoir: Exploring the Gem of Crystal Basin

Are you ready for an unforgettable outdoor adventure? Look no further than Union Valley Reservoir, the ultimate destination for family fun in the Crystal Basin and Eldorado National Forest. With its picturesque surroundings and numerous campgrounds, this 277,000-acre lake offers something for everyone. Let’s dive in and discover the wonders that await at Union Valley Reservoir.

A Slice of Paradise

Nestled in the heart of the Crystal Basin, Union Valley Reservoir is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Boasting nearly a dozen campgrounds, this stunning lake sits at an elevation of 4,900 feet, striking the perfect balance between summer heat relief and mild camping nights. From boating and water skiing to fishing and swimming, Union Valley Reservoir caters to a wide range of outdoor activities.


Recreation at Its Finest

Get ready to embark on thrilling adventures at Union Valley Reservoir. The Union Valley Bike Trail, spanning 4.8 miles with a gentle climb of 300 feet, connects campgrounds on the east side of the lake, providing an excellent opportunity for hikers and bikers to explore the region. For fishing enthusiasts, rainbow, brown, and mackinaw trout, as well as kokanee salmon, await in the depths of the reservoir. And if you’re looking for some water-based excitement, swimming, water skiing, and boating are all on the agenda. Don’t forget to visit the Bassi Falls Hiking Trail for an experience you won’t soon forget.

Camping Delights

Are you longing for a memorable camping experience? Union Valley Reservoir’s campgrounds are just what you need. Situated at an elevation of approximately 4,900 feet, these campgrounds are typically open from Memorial Day weekend through late September. Each single site can accommodate one vehicle and up to six people, with an option for an additional vehicle (for an extra fee) if space allows. Whether you prefer tents or RVs, Union Valley Reservoir has you covered with its range of campsites.

One of the noteworthy campgrounds is Azalea Cove Campground, accessible only by walking, biking, or boating. With its well-spaced campsites just a short distance from the lake, it’s the perfect choice for those seeking a tranquil retreat. Another fantastic option is Fashoda Campground, offering not only piped water, vault toilets, and fire rings but also the convenience of showers. And let’s not forget about Sunset Campground, where you can enjoy breathtaking lake views alongside amenities such as picnic tables, fire rings, and even showers nearby.

The Ambassadeur Hotel Experience

If you’re planning to visit Union Valley Reservoir, make your stay even more special by choosing the Ambassadeur Hotel for your accommodation needs. With its unmatched expertise in hospitality, the Ambassadeur Hotel offers a comfortable and luxurious environment that perfectly complements your outdoor adventures. From well-appointed rooms to impeccable service, your stay at the Ambassadeur Hotel will elevate your vacation to new heights. Make sure to check their website here for more information.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and head over to Union Valley Reservoir for an unforgettable camping experience. Embrace the wonders of nature, create lasting memories, and let the Ambassadeur Hotel be your home away from home.