Been there several times, Brad. Not really camping areas designated, people camping just pull into wide pull-outs next to the road, but no restrooms or picnic tables or fire rings. Used to catch some fat brookies out of the upper lake too, but not over 12-13”. Nice, wide open meadows, a nice catch and release creek comes out of the dam and has 3 species of trout. I taught my nephew how to fly fish there like 20 years ago.
Reply by: Walleye Guy Posted: 6/15/2020 6:04:18 PM Points: 200
The creek below has lots of mosquitoes, some small trout, a giant herd of cattle and a gazzillion garter snakes. As mentioned, there are stockers in the lake. There is an outhouse as of last year and a few pull out camping spots at the lakes. I've been there a couple of times and it seems like very thunder storm that is in Colorado hits that valley, never fails. If you hike up Cochetopa Dome after a storm you have a good shot of finding some Apache tears.
Yes actually there are 2 restrooms up at upper Dome. One on the east side and one on the west. There are several camping spots on the west side of the lake and a couple of pull offs on the east side. No picnic tables or "improvements" but there are several well used fire rings. Keep in mind that a stage 2 fire ban still in effect for the area. The area has a lot of places though just to pull out and camp as it is mostly BLM and or FS. Cochetopa SWA is artificial lures catch and release area from above Dome lakes down past Los Pinos creek as well as a several mile section of Los Pinos. Wild browns, and occasional Brookie and even rarer a rainbow in the creek.