Recreation Areas

Oh Be Joyful Recreation Area
Stream lined with pine treesOh Be Joyful Recreation Area received its name from a nearby mountain stream that features spectacular waterfalls. This high-elevation area provides fantastic mountain views that are complemented by beautiful trees and magnificent wildflowers. During times of high water flow, visitors can enjoy world-class kayaking. For those looking for an overnight stay, Oh Be Joyful Campground is located along the Slate River.

Field Office:  Gunnison

Total Area:  618 acres

  • Camping
  • Hiking and backpacking
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Water recreation
  • Winter sports
Attractions, Facilities, & Services:
  • River access
  • Developed campsites, restroom
    and day-use parking area at
    Oh Be Joyful Campground
  • Available in Crested Butte: lodging, restaurants and shops

Directions:  From Crested Butte, drive north on Gothic Road toward Mount Crested Butte. At the fork, bear left to continue onto County Road 734. After about three miles, turn left onto BLM Road 3220 and continue about 0.25 miles to the campground.