I may have a new favorite inland northwest campground. First- it’s a free DNR campground. A site doesn’t cost a dime. However, each site has a nice fire ring, large picnic table, and loads of elbow room. The vault toilets are relatively new and well maintained. The day-use area is a really neat structure with an open grill in the middle and a great view of the meadow through which Skookum Creek wanders. The entire campground appears to not experience heavy use. Of the 11 sites, only two were occupied, and even though the other site was running a couple of generators, I had enough room that the breeze and sounds of nature drowned it out. Also, there’s an apple tree just hanging out across from the day use area. Yes, the apples are tasty.
I love this campground. The views are perfect. Twin Lakes is completely ringed by rocky summits, and this campground provides numerous elevated views of the lakes below. The bathrooms are clean, camp hosts friendly, great hiking nearby, and fun towns populate the Arkansas River Valley. This has been a must-visit campground for my family for the past several years.
Dear God above, the train…it runs right next to the campground at all hours. Fun for the kids to see from the lake at 3pm, hell for a family tent camping at 3am. It is the reason we won’t go back.
The facilities are great. Bear vaults provided. Lake access is awesome. The Watersport rentals are nice and affordable. By all means, pay the fee and hang out here for a day. It’s a great day-use area. And if you can sleep through the end of the world, camp here happily. Everyone else, pick another option in the area. There are plenty.
Busy on weekends, but relatively empty on the recent Thursday night we slipped out. The bathrooms are incredibly clean, the campsites we considered were all clean as well. Even though it straddles the creek, creek access isn’t easy. The creek makes for a decent fall wading pool, but not much more. It has no access to outdoor recreation. However, if you are looking for a spot to set up and relax, this is perfect. Some sites are open while others are shaded, but all are spacious and well removed from neighboring sites. Not all sites can accommodate large tents. There is no trash service, so come prepared to take out all your trash.
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.
Took my three young kids here for an overnighter. Stayed at loop 3, site 63. The view was fantastic, and once the kids were settled in bed I thoroughly enjoyed a book while the sun set over the mountains and lake. There are multiple sources of water in campground, so you’re never more than a short walk away. The bathrooms were very clean (granted, in the season of Covid they should be), as was the campground itself. The sites themselves where a little closer together than I prefer and that is really the only knock against it. Oh- and water access, considering that it is on the lake, was less than ideal, especially with small kids. The campground is 20 or so vertical feet above the water line and it is a steep path to the water. Easier access is a drive or long walk away.