Aspen Campground – East Fork of the Black River

Aspen Campground
Aspen Campground

Quite simply put, If you like small campsites with a few basic amenities Aspen Campground is heaven! Camping is on a first come first served basis. Most of the campsites fill up on the weekends. RV’s on the smaller side can fit into the campsites. Although there are a few larger campsites in the campgrounds dotted along the river, people with larger RV and motor homes should think about camping at Horse Springs or Buffalo Crossing Campgrounds downriver.

Aspen Campground - East Fork of the Black River
Aspen Campground – East Fork of the Black River

The campground is nestled into a bend in the East Fork of the Black River and is one of a handful of campgrounds along the river. Wildlife occasionally can be seen riverside, especially Mountain Ram and the fishing is top notch. Most of the East Fork is fishable as an 11 pound 7 ounce rainbow was pulled from the river not far from the Aspen Campground in 2003.

Try to make your camping checklist as detailed as possible, and try not to forget anything. It is a pretty good drive to the nearest store at Big Lake or Alpine.

Make sure you clean up at nights as this is bear country.


From Alpine: Drive north 2 miles to forest road 249. Turn west and travel down a nice gravel/dirt road 5 miles to forest road 276. Turn south and travel 7.5 miles to the Aspen Campgrounds.

From Big Lake: Travel east on FR113 (Big Lake Entrance) to FR249 (It’s basically the same road) past Three Forks to FR403. Turn right onto FR403 to FR276. Travel 6.5 Miles on FR276 to Aspen Campground.

East Fork Fishing
East Fork Fishing

General Notes:

  • 6 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • 14 Day stay limit
  • Vault toilets
  • Utility hookups are not available
  • Pets must be restrained or on a leash
  • Concessionaire operated
  • Rock fire rings
  • Water is available in nearby tanks.
  • Information – (928) 333-4301
  • Reservations not accepted