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Thompson Creek Campground


Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Land Management

The Thompson Creek Recreation Management Area is located just a few miles southwest of Carbondale and provides beautiful, remote recreational opportunities. On the North end of the RMA is the Lorax trail, which is a popular non motorized route. In the southwest corner of the area is the Thompson Creek campground and trail, which winds along Thompson Creek to views of the rare geologic ___fin___ formations. There are 4 shaded campsites along the creek with metal fire rings. There are not picnic tables or restrooms. Must pack out all human waste to eliminate contamination of creek. There are not waste collections. Access is not recommended during wet or snowy conditions. For more information, please contact the Colorado River Valley Field Office.

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Thompson Creek Campground is located in Colorado

Detail location of campground


The campground is located along Thompson Creek. Go west on State Highway 133 in the town of Carbondale. At the roundabout take Main Street (County Road 108) which turns into North Thompson Creek Road. Parking for the Lorax trail head is approximately 4 miles up on the left. Travel 3.2 additional miles and turn left on to South Thompson creek road which leads you to the campground along the creek. The road is not marked to turn. The campsites are approximately 2.1 miles from the turn.


Colorado River Valley Field Office 2300 River Frontage Road
Silt, CO 81652


39.32292 N
107.2824 W

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2 Reviews

Mark S.
Reviewed May. 21, 2020

Close to the mentioned above.

Bullet casings, trash and constant shots being fired, and with the additional noise of Polaris Razors, other than that a beautiful place to camp.

Amanda U.
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2018

Options, views, avoid during rainy season

We have stayed in the designated spots down by the stream, and also up the steep, dirt road to the dispersed sites past the designated spots. The spots by the stream are cooler, more shaded but empty in late August. Mid summer they fill up fast so we moved up to the dispersed sites. Hotter up there and be aware the only way up can be at risk of being washed out by torrential rains that are not uncommon in our part of CO during the summer months. Half of our group got stuck an extra day after a heavy rain. Be careful! Overall, gorgeous views, room for kids to run around, even a fun hike next to designated sites. Don't forget to stop in to our hometown Carbondale on your way in or out. The food and brews are the best!!!

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  • Review photo of Thompson Creek Campground by Amanda U., April 13, 2018