Top Tent Camping near San Juan National Forest

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Best Tent Camping Sites Near San Juan National Forest, CO (158)

    Camper-submitted photo from Molas Lake Park & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Molas Lake Park & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Molas Lake Park & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Molas Lake Park & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Molas Lake Park & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Molas Lake Park & Campground

    1.

    Molas Lake Park & Campground

    29 Reviews
    97 Photos
    644 Saves
    Silverton, Colorado

    Molas Lake & Campground was granted to the Town of Silverton in 1925 from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The 137-acre campground sits along the Million Dollar Highway (US 550) in the central San Juan Mountains; the most spectacular peaks in the Colorado Rockies. The Campground is adjacent to the largest wilderness area in the state of Colorado, the Weminuche Wilderness.

    Molas Lake Campground provides visitors with unforgettable scenery, a stocked 25-acre lake, National Forest access via the Colorado Trail, and dark, starry skies free from light-pollution.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $25 - $45 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed)
    Camper-submitted photo from Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed)

    2.

    Alta Lakes Campground (Dispersed)

    34 Reviews
    137 Photos
    1639 Saves
    Ophir, Colorado

    Alta Lakes is a popular dispersed camping area that offers fishing and camping in a spectacular alpine setting. There are 20 designated campsites that are completely undeveloped. The access road to the area is narrow and rough, requiring a high clearance vehicle. Trailers and RV's are not reccomended.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Madden Peak Road - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Madden Peak Road - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Madden Peak Road - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Madden Peak Road - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Madden Peak Road - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Madden Peak Road - Dispersed

    3.

    Madden Peak Road - Dispersed

    22 Reviews
    42 Photos
    549 Saves
    Mancos, Colorado

    Dispersed camping along Forest Service Road 316

    San Juan National Forest encompasses about 1.8 million acres in the southwestern corner of Colorado. From high-desert mesas to alpine peaks, these federal lands are managed for multiple uses and visitors are asked to respect each other and the natural resources. The San Juan National Forest Headquarters is located in Durango, Colorado, with district offices in Bayfield, Dolores and Pagosa Springs.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from Junction Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Junction Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Junction Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Junction Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Junction Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Junction Creek Campground

    4.

    Junction Creek Campground

    20 Reviews
    56 Photos
    272 Saves
    Purgatory, Colorado

    Overview

    Junction Creek Campground is located close to Durango, Colo., near the beginning of the Colorado Trail. Visitors enjoy the area for its excellent hiking and biking opportunities in a scenic natural setting.

    Recreation

    The Colorado Trail, also known as the Junction Creek Trail, begins nearby and stretches almost 500 miles to Denver as it rises through subalpine forests and alpine meadows above the timberline. Mountain biking is very popular on the Colorado Trail and the Logchute Trail System, which is nearby. Junction Creek offers fishing for rainbow and brook trout. Skilled anglers may have luck near the campground, but chances improve upstream.

    Facilities

    The Colorado Trail, also known as the Junction Creek Trail, begins nearby and stretches almost 500 miles to Denver as it rises through subalpine forests and alpine meadows above the timberline. Mountain biking is very popular on the Colorado Trail and the Logchute Trail System, which is nearby. Junction Creek offers fishing for rainbow and brook trout. Skilled anglers may have luck near the campground, but chances improve upstream.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated on a south-facing hillside, a quarter-mile above Junction Creek. A forest of ponderosa pine and gambel oak covers the campground, which sits at an elevation of 7,300 feet.

    Nearby Attractions

    Haviland Lake is a 35-minute drive from the campground. The 80-acre, no-wake lake offers boating, canoeing and fishing opportunities. Accessible fishing docks are located on the lakeshore. The small town of Durango is just minutes away, offering whitewater rafting, a river trail, shops and restaurants. It is also home to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Cancellations Individual Campsites: Cancellations up to 2 days before a reservation start date incur a $10.00 cancellation fee.__ A visitor who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee including tax and applicable add-on for a campsite. Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee. Group Sites Group Facility (including Cabins and Lookouts): A visitor who cancels a group overnight facility reservation less than 14 days before the arrival date will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee. No-Shows A no-show visitor is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date. No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's rate, taxes and applicable add-on for a campsite.____ Refunds Visitors may submit a refund request through their Recreation.gov profile within 7 days of the end date of their reservation. Refunds will not be issued after the 7 days has ended. Refunds for debit or credit card payments will be issued as a credit to the original bank or credit card used to pay. For check or cash purchases, Recreation.gov will mail a Treasury check for refunds of cash, check, or money order payments to the address associated with the reservation. Treasury check refunds may take up to 6-8 weeks to arrive.__ In the event of an emergency closure, the Recreation.gov team or facility manager will refund all fees and will attempt to notify you using the contact information within the Recreation.gov visitor profile.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $150 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Haviland Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Haviland Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Haviland Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Haviland Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Haviland Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Haviland Lake Campground

    5.

    Haviland Lake Campground

    17 Reviews
    23 Photos
    345 Saves
    Cascade, Colorado

    Overview

    Haviland Lake Campground is situated on its beautiful namesake within the San Juan National Forest, 18 miles north of Durango. Visitors enjoy the area for its canoeing, fishing and hiking opportunities in a scenic, natural setting. The popular campground is beautiful any time of the year.

    Recreation

    Haviland Lake is an 80-acre, no-wake lake with excellent boating, canoeing and fishing opportunities. An accessible fishing dock is located on the lakeshore. Anglers cast for rainbow and brown trout. A Colorado Division of Wildlife fishing license is required to fish. Several trailheads are in the vicinity. The Forebay Lake Trail begins in the campground and leads to small Forebay Lake, just over a mile east of the campground. The historic Rico-to-Rockwood Wagon Road passes through Haviland and Chris Park. Built in the late 1800s, the road was used for six years until the railway opened.

    Facilities

    Haviland Lake is an 80-acre, no-wake lake with excellent boating, canoeing and fishing opportunities. An accessible fishing dock is located on the lakeshore. Anglers cast for rainbow and brown trout. A Colorado Division of Wildlife fishing license is required to fish. Several trailheads are in the vicinity. The Forebay Lake Trail begins in the campground and leads to small Forebay Lake, just over a mile east of the campground. The historic Rico-to-Rockwood Wagon Road passes through Haviland and Chris Park. Built in the late 1800s, the road was used for six years until the railway opened.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated on the shore of Haviland Lake, among shady, towering ponderosa pines, at an elevation of 8,705 feet. Many sites have lake views and easy shoreline access. Campers are awarded spectacular views of the Hermosa Cliffs across the lake.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Cancellations Individual Campsites: Cancellations up to 2 days before a reservation start date incur a $10.00 cancellation fee.__ A visitor who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee including tax and applicable add-on for a campsite. Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee. No-Shows A no-show visitor is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date. No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's rate, taxes and applicable add-on for a campsite.____ Refunds Visitors may submit a refund request through their Recreation.gov profile within 7 days of the end date of their reservation. Refunds will not be issued after the 7 days has ended. Refunds for debit or credit card payments will be issued as a credit to the original bank or credit card used to pay. For check or cash purchases, Recreation.gov will mail a Treasury check for refunds of cash, check, or money order payments to the address associated with the reservation. Treasury check refunds may take up to 6-8 weeks to arrive.__ In the event of an emergency closure, the Recreation.gov team or facility manager will refund all fees and will attempt to notify you using the contact information within the Recreation.gov visitor profile.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $39 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Durango North-Riverside KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Durango North-Riverside KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Durango North-Riverside KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Durango North-Riverside KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Durango North-Riverside KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Durango North-Riverside KOA

    6.

    Durango North-Riverside KOA

    15 Reviews
    21 Photos
    91 Saves
    Cascade, Colorado

    Welcome to Durango North-Riverside KOA, a fantastic spot for your next camping adventure. Nestled near the scenic town of Durango, CO, this campground offers a mix of tent, RV, cabin, glamping, and yurt accommodations. It's open from mid-April to the end of October, making it a great seasonal getaway.

    One of the standout features here is the beautiful riverside setting. Many campers rave about the sites right by the river, where you can fall asleep to the soothing sounds of flowing water. The campground is also pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the trip.

    Amenities are top-notch, with clean bathrooms and showers, electric and sewer hookups, and a sanitary dump station. There's also a market on-site for any essentials you might need, and firewood is available for those cozy campfire nights. If you're into big rigs, you'll be pleased to know that this place is big-rig friendly.

    For those looking to stay active, there's a pool to cool off in during the warmer months. And if you're a fan of good food, don't miss out on the amazing pizza and ice cream available on-site. The campground is well-maintained, with picnic tables and fire rings at each site, making it easy to enjoy meals and evenings outdoors.

    Durango North-Riverside KOA is conveniently located near Durango, offering easy access to local attractions and activities. Whether you're here for a short stay or planning to spend a few nights, this campground provides a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all types of campers.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Alpen Rose RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Alpen Rose RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Alpen Rose RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Alpen Rose RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Alpen Rose RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Alpen Rose RV Park

    7.

    Alpen Rose RV Park

    16 Reviews
    49 Photos
    73 Saves
    Durango, Colorado

    At Alpen Rose RV Park, you can enjoy the quiet of the Animas River Valley, along with fabulous mountain views, yet be close to Durango’s many attractions. Nestled beneath stunning, red rock cliffs, our full-service RV Park makes the perfect base camp for all of your Southwest Colorado adventures.

    Pull into one of our large, grassy sites, set up your chairs, and watch the sun drift over the valley. Explore historic downtown Durango, ride the Durango & Silverton Train, or visit Mesa Verde National Park. Soak in hot springs, take a hike, walk your dog along a tumbling river or drive over a mountain pass. It’s all nearby!

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $65 - $1 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Mancos State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mancos State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mancos State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mancos State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mancos State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Mancos State Park Campground

    8.

    Mancos State Park Campground

    17 Reviews
    33 Photos
    87 Saves
    Mancos, Colorado

    Mancos is a great place to camp. Set in a beautiful ponderosa forest, the upper loop of the main campground and both yurts remain open through the winter. The park is centrally located to a wide variety of local attractions​.

    The park has two campgrounds – Main and West – on two sides of the reservoir with a total of 32 campsites. Along the northwest side of the reservoir, the west campground has nine campsites (primarily for tent campers) with toilets but no drinking water nearby.​

    Mancos also offers yurts for a unique and cozy camping experience.

    Yurt reservations are required year round.

    Mancos State Park provides a great overnight stop or a beautiful location for an extended stay. Winter is a fun time to camp at Mancos State Park.

    Come and enjoy a fun-filled, quiet and beautiful time at Mancos State Park!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area

    9.

    Priest Lake Dispersed Camping Area

    20 Reviews
    82 Photos
    886 Saves
    Ophir, Colorado

    Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest Gulch Campground and RV Park Cabins and Lodge
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest Gulch Campground and RV Park Cabins and Lodge
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest Gulch Campground and RV Park Cabins and Lodge
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest Gulch Campground and RV Park Cabins and Lodge
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest Gulch Campground and RV Park Cabins and Lodge
    Camper-submitted photo from Priest Gulch Campground and RV Park Cabins and Lodge

    10.

    Priest Gulch Campground and RV Park Cabins and Lodge

    12 Reviews
    30 Photos
    55 Saves
    San Juan National Forest, Colorado

    Priest Gulch Campground and RV Park Cabins and Lodge, nestled near Dolores, CO, is a gem for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle. This place has it all: RV sites, tent spaces, and cozy cabins. The campground is right along the Dolores River, offering a serene backdrop for your stay.

    Visitors rave about the cleanliness of the facilities, including restrooms and showers. The staff here are known for their friendliness and helpfulness, making your stay even more enjoyable. One of the standout features is the free firewood, which is a nice touch for those evening campfires. Plus, the camp store has all the basics you might need, and you can even grab some soft serve ice cream.

    For those who love a good walk, there are lovely trails right within the campground. The Toehole Trail is a short, easy path perfect for kids. If you’re into fishing, you’ll be pleased to know there’s fishing available right in the park. And for a special treat, don’t miss the hot, homemade cinnamon rolls available on Saturday mornings.

    The RV sites are equipped with full hookups, and while they might be a bit close together, the peaceful atmosphere more than makes up for it. Tent campers will love the riverside spots, especially T4, which is tucked away in the trees. The campground also offers showers, laundry facilities, and even Wi-Fi, though it can be a bit slow at times.

    Overall, Priest Gulch Campground is a fantastic spot to relax, enjoy nature, and make some great memories. Whether you’re in an RV, a tent, or a cabin, you’ll find this place to be a perfect getaway.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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