East Fork Campground is located 11 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs, just off U.S. Highway 160, along the East Fork Road. Visitors enjoy the area for its fishing, hiking and scenic opportunities.
The East Fork offers plenty of fishing opportunities upstream from the campground. Trailheads for the Coal Creek Trail and the Quartz Ridge Trail are at Sand Creek, 2-5 miles beyond the campground.
The campground offers several single-family sites, many with views of the river below. There are a few level pull-through parking spaces for RVs. Accessible vault toilets and drinking water are provided.
The campground sits on a ridge overlooking the East Fork of the San Juan River. Some sites have views of the river, but it's a long way down the hill. Short, but steep trails lead down the hill, to the riverbanks. A forest of ponderosa pine and gambel oak trees shades the campground. At 7,700 feet, temperatures can be a bit warmer than at surrounding campgrounds.
Silver Falls is located a few miles up East Fork Road past the campground. A short trail leads to the base of the falls. Mountain bikers often ride to Silver Falls. Beyond its junction with Forest Road 684, the East Fork Road is negotiable only by 4WD. Off-road vehicle enthusiasts enjoy the upper section to Elwood Pass.
Treasure Falls, located just off Highway 160 about five miles from the campground, is an impressive 100' waterfall with a short hike.
ADA Access: N
We loved our three days at the East Fork Campground. Its location provides easy access to Pagosa Springs (~10 minutes) and to Wolf Creek Pass. There are several waterfalls within a short drive to visit, including one just up hwy 160 toward Wolf Creek Pass. We stayed at site 15 and thought it was great- tucked away, spacious enough for our camper, a large tarp covering the picnic table, and a tent for our kids. I'd also recommend site 14 for many of the same reasons. The sites are well spaced out, so you have plenty of elbow room.
We made reservations for July 4th and 5th on-line because that’s all that was available. Came up on July 3rd found a First come first serve site, paid for the day. Marcy the “host” pulls up and immediately begins yelling at us to move back the rocks. We moved some rocks to back up into our site, she only allowed us to pull up to the site, so we agreed and continued to set up. We asked her if we could stay in our current site since we had already reserved sites for the next two nights. She refused to cancel our site for the next two days and told us we would have to pay again, and to talk to the new host coming in Sunday. Sunday arrives and we are woken up at 8:00 am with her honking outside our camper, then she sticks her face in the pop-up side where my boys were sleeping yelling “wake up!” “Anybody home!” Then she proceeds to bang aggressively on our door, the yelled at us to “hurry up”. My husband finishes getting dressed an goes out side to have her immediately start yelling at him for trying to pull a fast one. She’s yelling telling us that she knows what we’re up to, and she’s gonna leave a note for the new host so we don’t try and get away without paying. My husband explained to her that she said we can pay (again) on Sunday and still hadn’t gone to town to get cash as we weren’t leaving until the next day. She left still yelling making accusations. We obviously paid (double) and we’re spoken to like animals by this Marcy woman. As person of color, I felt mistreated, unwelcome, and degraded by the way she spoke to us in every encounter. We were very careful to remain calm and respectful because we had no phone service and felt helpless and sure she would kick us out if she so decided. I called rec.gove and they were appalled by her behavior as well as the rangers office. Her immediate boss tried to imply it was our fault she was so nasty because we moved the rocks. They need to train their “hosts” to show respect to all of their guests and that all human beings should be treated with respect and dignity!
It’s a great campground. Easy to navigate. Reasonably priced. The sites are nice with plenty of different places to put your tent. Fire pits great for cooking, and each site gets a table.
ONLY bad thing is no showers. Wasn’t a big deal to me, I was there a couple days.
Very quiet, serene campground! We are anglers and we chose site #26, which is closest to the river. It’s a hike down but doable! The probablemente was that the water was too high to fish. We will come back when water levels are down. There were some flies and mosquitos but better when the breeze came thru. Very peaceful and nice campground in the middle of the forest.
This campground is pretty sweet. Set back from the main road, it is in a pleasant bend of the San Juan River. Sites on the outside of the loop are spacious and fairly private. If you can, the best sites are on the backside and back up to the river. If you don’t get one of these prime sites, no big deal as there are access trails from the campground that lead to the river and some nice fishing holes. Great place to camp if fly fishing is your bag. We had an inside the loop site and were very happy. The sites were well spread out and all had great hammock trees. The bathrooms were very clean and well maintained. The campground host, while she liked to sleep in late, was definitely putting in more than the required hours to maintain the campground. If you need a shower, head up the entrance road to the private campground and pay $5 for an unlimited time shower in an interesting cabin like shower house. The difference between the private campground and the forest service campground, besides the access to showers, are that the forest service campground is not available to RV’s or horse trailers. I’d definitely camp here again (as we extended our stay extra nights since we were so happy with the site).
The camp host was one of the most friendly I'd ever met. Multiple (20ish) sites, mostly personal. Sound of creek in distance. Toilets extremely well kept. MANY hikes w/in walking distance. Silver Falls 8mi drive away. Some free sites outside of campground along drive to Silver Falls.
It was lightly raining when we arrived, but that didn't dampen our delight at the absolutely stunning campground. We only stayed one night; we were stopping over to continue with our road trip. We do hope to return someday to further explore the area, but even our one night left a lasting impression!
We arrived at East Fork late in the evening, just in time to catch a beautiful sunset. Each site is equipped with RV hookups, picnic tables and a small grill - There are 2 restrooms on either side of the grounds as well. From our site (#11) you could hear the gushing river down below. The host was really nice and led us to a nearby waterfall and overlook the next morning as well! San Juan NF is gorgeous!!