Loon Lake Campground rests in the Crystal Basin area of Eldorado National Forest, 29 miles north of Highway 50 on Ice House Road. The campground is on the south side of beautiful Loon Lake. An abundance of recreational opportunities attract campers to the lake, including swimming, fishing, OHV, boating, and hiking. The lake can serve as a gateway into the Desolation Wilderness for hikers and horseback riders. The campsite sits approximately at 6,500 ft elevation, and is typically open from mid July to mid October. The maximum number of nights you can stay possible is 14 (annually). For stargazing, our EarthSky friend recommends late summer, “you can see Perseid meteor shower very well in August. May have to get out your tent/camper at 4:30am if moon comes out. Worth it!”
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!