BLM Camping

Mosquito Peaks

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for 1 in every 10 acres of land in the U.S.

The Mosquito Peaks tower over the landscape of central Colorado, roughly 60 miles west of the bustling metropolis of Denver. With some peaks in the range standing as high as 14,000 feet tall, the mountains offer stunning views of the region and excellent opportunities for primitive camping. The majestic mountain range features several parcels of land under the protection of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which make unique destinations for any outdoor enthusiasts looking for BLM camping.

In addition to peaceful camping, visitors to Mosquito Peaks will have the opportunity to enjoy hiking, wildlife viewing, and climbing. There are also multiple national forests within an hour or so of the BLM site. Gunnison National Forest, Pike and San Isabel National Forest, Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, and White River National Forest are all located conveniently close to the peaks. If you choose to make the trip to any of these lush, beautiful forests, you'll be able to partake in a variety of recreational activities.

What to See and Do

What to See and Do

Hiking and BikingHiking and Biking

Quandary Peak Trail

The Quandary Peak Trail is a fairly long, challenging out-and-back trail located near Blue River, CO by the White River National Forest. The trail is quite popular for hiking during the spring, summer, and fall and for snowshoeing during the winter. The trail takes those who traverse it up the difficult route to the summit of Quandary Peak. The trail is rocky but doesn't require any technical scrambling. The trail is beautiful regardless of when you visit, and you'll have a good chance to spot a mountain goat or two while you hike.

Length: 6.6 miles

Intensity: Hard

Shrine Ridge Trail

The Shrine Ridge Trail is a gorgeous forested trail near the town of Red Cliff, CO. The out-and-back route is relatively difficult and does feature a fair amount of incline. The trail is popular for both hiking and horseback riding, and you'll probably come across a few other people during your visit. The area features beautiful scenery throughout, and the best time to visit is between July and September.

Length: 4.3 miles

Intensity: Moderate

Ptarmigan Trail

The Ptarmigan Trail is another wonderful scenic trail found around the White River National Forest. The out-and-back trail is a popular spot for hiking, trail running, and snowshoeing, and it features a bench overlook at the top of the route that features stunning views of the valley and nearby town. You can bring your pups with you on the trail, but you'll have to keep them leashed.

Length: 4.6 miles

Intensity: Moderate

Fishing and BoatingFishing and Boating

There aren't many significant fishing opportunities found directly around the Mosquito Peaks, but there are some angling opportunities in the general area. One good option is to travel about thirty miles southeast to Spinney Mountain Reservoir, which is most known for its large rainbow trout. The beautiful lake is also inhabited by brown trout, northern pike, and yellow perch. The 2,500-acre reservoir is also available for boating, swimming, and watersports during its open hours — from thirty minutes before sunrise to thirty minutes after sunset.


If you're a dedicated technical climber, you can turn your visit to the Mosquito Peaks into a climbing adventure. Mosquito Peak itself stands 13,781 feet tall and features at least a couple of different route options to reach the summit. The best time to climb the mountain is during spring or summer as it may present an avalanche risk during winter. The views from the summit of the peak are unforgettable.

Wildlife ViewingWildlife Viewing

If you're lucky, you may get the chance to spot a few mountain goats, bobcats, or mountain lions during your visit to the Mosquito Peaks. Alternatively, if you travel to the nearby White River National Forest to the west, there will be many more interesting species to observe. The lush woodlands are inhabited by black bears, lynx, moose, deer, elk, and plenty of other wildlife. Any of the other national forests in the region are sure to offer excellent wildlife viewing opportunities as well.


Since there aren't any established campgrounds or shelters found at the Mosquito Peaks BLM site, you most likely won't come across any picnic tables. However, if you bring along a blanket or towel to set down and find a nice clear spot, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy your picnic with a stunning view of the landscape below.


Bureau of Land Management Camping

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You're welcome to participate in BLM RV camping at Mosquito Peaks although there aren't any actual Bureau of Land Management campgrounds at the site. You'll need to stick with primitive camping or stay at one of the several established campgrounds within five or ten miles of the site. If you want to stay somewhere with RV hookups and a good selection of amenities, your closest option is probably the town of Leadville, CO to the west. There, you'll be able to choose from places like the Leadville RV Corral and Mountain View Village.

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Any camping you do at the actual Mosquito Peaks BLM site will need to be Bureau of Land Management free camping. Because of the rocky landscape and high elevation, it may be a bit challenging to find a comfortable, spacious area for dispersed camping. However, if you can find a good spot, the views will be glorious, and you'll enjoy the crisp mountain air during your stay.

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Planning Your Trip

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Planning your Mosquito Peaks BLM trip

If you're planning a trip to the Mosquito Peaks BLM site, remember to consider the season and weather. The peaks can see quite a bit of snowfall during winter, which can make it significantly more treacherous to drive the roads that lead to the site. Be careful to always watch your step carefully when hiking or climbing at such high elevation, and don't take on any trails or climbing routes that are too challenging for your ability level. Before you head out on your trip, check out our blog for all you need to know about BLM camping.

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While you're visiting the Mosquito Peaks, please do your part to help preserve the beauty of the site. Clean up any garbage that you produce, and leave nature as you found it. If you decide to make a campfire, keep it as small and contained as you can.

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Mosquito Peaks Location

To reach the Mosquito Peaks BLM site from Fairplay, CO, head north on Colorado Highway 9 for about 4.5 miles toward Alma. Turn west onto Park County 12 toward Park City, pass through Park City, and then continue on the road for 2.5 miles more. When you reach the fork in the road, stay to the right. After a short distance, you'll reach the site. During summer, you should park at 11,520 feet of elevation. During winter, you should park at 10,900 feet.

Ready to visit Mosquito Peaks? An RV rental is a great way to experience your destination. Not only will you be close to all the action, but at the end of a long day exploring, you’ll have your RV to return to for the night where you’ll enjoy a full kitchen, bathroom, and nice soft bed. Not sure about renting an RV? Here’s a step-by-step guide to renting an RV with RVshare.