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Reviewed 4 August 2013

We lucked out and got one of the two non reservable sites on a Monday morning. Site 37 backs up to the roaring fork river. It was spacious with a good sized fire pit. We thoroughly enjoyed our four day stay. We had no issues with bugs or bears, though they do encourage use of bear proof lockers that are provided.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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4  Thank rockroll53
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

A better-than-average Forest Service campground, conveniently located a few miles above Aspen on the Independence Pass Road, adjacent to the Roaring Fork River and at the termination of the Aspen Trail--bike/walk/run to or towards Aspen. The sites and bathrooms are kept in great shape by the campground hosts. There's plentiful downed wood within one to two hundred yards from any campsite. Bugs vary by the season and year and were zero problem during our visit 7/19-21/2013. Excellent outings uphill from the campground include The Grottos and Weller Lake. For the more vigorous some portion of the Lost Man Lake loop.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Gene M
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

We just returned from a 4 night camping trip here with our kids. I was a little concerned about the place based on some prior negative reviews, but really, it was nice as far as campgrounds go. The sites were fairly secluded from one another, and each had a large bear box. We had site #19, which was nestled in a beautiful aspen grove. The vault toilets were some of the cleanest I have ever seen; they really did a great job keeping the odors down and keeping them well supplied. The campground hosts were very friendly. Mosquitoes were not a big problem where we were.

The campground itself is only 10 minutes away from Aspen, which is convenient for groceries and even eating an occasional meal in town. In the other direction, it's a relatively short drive up Hwy 82 towards Independence Pass, and attractions include multiple hiking trails and the ghost town of Independence.

Only negatives (and the reason for 4 stars instead of 5) are close proximity to Hwy 82, so lots of road noise right next to our site. (That probably wouldn't be an issue on the other side of the campground.) Also, almost all the sites are really designed for campers and not tents. With some artful parking and maneuvering, we were able to fit a large 6-person tent, a small 1-person tent, and two vehicles into the driveway where you'd normally park a camper or RV. I could see this being a problem if you had several tents and/or vehicles. Overall, though, we were pleased with the location and our experience, and plan to stay here again.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
7  Thank Spacechick0505
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

July-2,2013. We just returned from camping in a tent at Difficult. I have to admit that my husband and I had some concerns about staying there after I read the last review. Our friends from California picked the place ahead of time and reserved a couple sites. We drove from Longmont to meet them.

Day-1: We arrived early evening. Got camp set up. Pulled some chairs close to the fire and then just relaxed, marveled at the stars and enjoyed the evening with some great friends. (Yes, the fire ban was lifted because they had just received some needed rain.) Awesome!

Day-2: It is only 4 miles to Aspen from Difficult and we all brought our bikes. There is a bike/walking trail right outside camp that takes you to town. It felt like we coasted all the way to Apen. I was a bit nervous about the ride back but the gentle rolling of the trail made it not a problem for me. Beautiful trail and scenery...Awesome!

Day-3: We all got up. Had a quick breakfast and headed out for the hike on Difficult Trail. It is located right in the campground. Awesome! We only had a short time to spend on the hike. Next trip back we definitely will go to the top! Pack your water, snack, camera and go make some memories. It's a bit steep in some spots but just slow down and take your time.

The camp hosts were very friendly. The outhouses were extremely clean. I was told that they clean them three times a day! Impressive. Right? Mosquito's were not a problem for us. Last night we did use a bit of spray but not a big deal. We will definitely go back to Difficult...Maybe this Fall? Hope this was helpful. Happy Camping!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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11  Thank Penny B
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

We had a reservation here and were so disappointed, drove back up to Silver Bell and luckily got a site - phew! Worth throwing away our reservation fee.

1. This campground is basically in a swamp. First bad sign.
2. We saw the mosquito control vehicle parked on our drive in. Second bad sign.
3. Each site has a bear box. Third bad sign.
4. Campground vegetation seems overgrown and unkept. Fourth bad sign.
5. People at the campground looked like they had been there awhile. Fifth bad sign.

Maybe if you have an RV this is fine, but for tenters who had just stayed at the Crème de la Crème of National Forest campgrounds - Silver Queen, this was a real disappointment. Not in a pretty mountain spot. Camp elsewhere.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank bealocal
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