West Fork Campground sits near the West Fork San Juan River in a secluded 10-acre area, just over a mile from Highway 160. Visitors enjoy the area for its hiking opportunities and plentiful solitude.
The West Fork and nearby Wolf Creek offer fishing opportunities, but are heavily fished streams. Only skilled and patient fishermen have much luck in these waters.
The West Fork Trail, also known as the Rainbow Trail, leads into the Weminuche Wilderness from a trailhead a mile beyond the campground. The first portion of the trail passes through private property, so please stay on the trail and leave the gates as you find them.
The campground offers single-family sites, some of which are adjacent to the river but without direct views. Most sites are suitable for large RVs. Picnic tables and campfire rings are provided, as are vault toilets and drinking water.
The campground is situated among a forest of mixed conifers, where sites have sun and shade. The West Fork can be heard, but not seen from the campground.
Trailheads for Windy Pass and Treasure Mountain Trails are located across Highway 160 from the West Fork Road turnoff.
Treasure Falls, located off Highway 160 about three miles from the campground, is an impressive 100-foot waterfall with a short hike leading to its base.
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If you are into off roading or four wheeling, this might be the campground for you. West Fork sits up from the main road on the way to lots of ATV trails as well as some nice #hike #getoutside #go #explore #hiking #nature #freshair #adventure #wildernessculture trails. That said, it can be very noisy throughout the day as campers as well as visitors race up and down the mountain trails. It is also very dusty. The campground is a small/tight loop with lots of trees and smaller sites, some that allow the pleasant sound of the West Fork to drift up, but none with views or access to the Creek. The back portion of the campground has sites large enough for small trailers and RV’s. When we were there the only access to water was in the back portion of the campground at a hand pump. The vault toilets were clean-ish, but in need of being emptied. The campground host did not seem to be worried about maintaining the campground or maintaining his records as he moved us twice in the same day as he double booked several sites. While we planned on staying for two or more nights at this campground, we ended up packing up and moving to much better camping at the East Fork campground.
I stayed here first in 1996 and I absolutely love these parts of the San Juans, these campsites are close to Pagosa and I suggest Treasure Mountain Trail and for sure check out Treasure Falls…
Excellent secluded campground. Sites are huge and accommodate both tents and RVs. Some sites can be reserved. Not crowded or over run with people. Vault toilets and no bath house or sinks. Next to a river. Great hiking trails at the end of the road and in the immediate vicinity.