Nice little campground on the Million Dollar Highway heading between Durango and Silverton, with the Colorado Trail passing right through the campground. There is a main loop spread out over a few close ridges, and a secondary small loop that ends in at the day use parking and vault toilet. It seemed that the “group” sites were closest to the vault toilets next to the day use parking, witch could present an issue as it was very busy. The “group” sites were very crowded, which could have been just too many people in a small area, or the area could have been just too small. Sites further away from the toilets were more spacious, but no site was huge. All sites seemed to have good hammocking trees. It seemed the best sites were the ones closest to the entrance: the parking pads were up next to the road and the tent pads and fire rings were set back from the road down a steepish grade. This was a great spot to camp as a home base for hiking the Colorado Trail. There are great trails heading out of the campground in both directions. The usual picnic tables, fire pits, and bear lockers could be found at all sites we looked at.
The campgrounds and the lake are absolutely beautiful. We even saw a lynx on the bank one morning! Ten minutes from town, right off the road--we thought we hit it good. But as soon as it got dark, the semis started trucking through, and that's all that was heard throughout the night.
Per all campsites, you'll need to buy your own wood. The office here may or may not be open, but you can get wood in town. We picked up our car decal in the on the bulletin board outside the office upon arrival. The grounds and restrooms are clean.
Great for some leisurely fishing, and there is a hiking trail, which connects to the Continental Divide Trail.
We stayed during the week, so there were not a lot of other visitors. It was quiet and peaceful--except for the road noise, of course. I probably wouldn't stay there again because of the noise throughout the night. If it weren't for that, I'd give it a 5. What a shame.
Beautiful views, great campsites and amenities, nice lake.
Only downside - the number of other people who also like this spot. I'm picky when it comes to noise and had a hard time with all the other (tourists) campers. But, get up early to hike in the surrounding area and enjoy the peace while it lasts!
You literally cannot beat the views of the San Juan mountains. This area is beautiful. I have only backpacked into these areas, you can find established sites along the trails. Please remember to take your trash.
THE VIEW!! Getting married here in a few years! Love, love, love the location and surrounding mountains! Most beautiful places to camp!!!