• Picnic Area
  • Restroom

Trailhead Description

Fourth of July Trailhead and a small associated campground are located approximately 30 miles west of Boulder at an elevation of approximately 10,100 feet. There is no fee for camping, and sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The access road is not maintained so the campground is only accessible from approximately Memorial Day through Labor Day.

To reach the trailhead, follow SR 119 west through Nederland. Just past Nederland, head west on CR 130 through the town of Eldora. Shortly beyond Eldora, the pavement becomes a fairly rough dirt road. After approximately 0.7 mile, the road forks; follow the right fork approximately four miles to Buckingham Campground.

Area Info

Campground Info

There is no fee for camping, and sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The campground consists of ten primitive tent camping sites that fill quickly on weekends. Camping is limited to four consecutive days. Water is available from the creek; however, all water should be treated due to the possibility of the Giardia parasite. The only available facilities are nearby pit latrines. Ground fires and grills are prohibited. There are five picnic tables. All Open Space and Mountain Parks rules and regulations are strictly enforced within the campground. Glass is prohibited.

Trail Info

Buckingham Campground is located adjacent to the popular Indian Peaks Wilderness Area and Arapaho Pass Trailhead that is administered by the U.S. Forest Service. Forest Service regulations for the wilderness area differ from those of the City of Boulder. Dogs must be on a hand-held leash at all times in the wilderness. Please visit the Indian Peaks Wilderness website or contact the Forest Service at (303) 541-2500 for additional information on Forest Service lands and campgrounds in the Boulder area, as well as rules and regulations.