Ryan H.


Denver, CO

Joined August 2020

Quiet and Beautiful

I was able to get a reservation for spot 18. Got in late and set up and tanked out. Woke up to views of peaks overhead and dense woods around. While this spot is along the road, there’s little traffic and it was nice and quiet. It’s a very large camp spot with plenty of room for trailers and easy flat pads for tents. I would recommend this spot for exploring up the valley to St Elmo or a nearby hot springs.

Great jump to Ice Lake

I managed to get the last available spot, I recommend getting there early or planning to dispersed camp nearby, which there are a lot of options for.

The bathrooms near the front are older and used by hikers for the Ice Lakes Trail. I recommend taking the extra walk to one of the two other restrooms at the campground.

There’s a mix of exposed and shaded spots. Lots of easy walking trails nearby with creeks and waterfalls. Overall a good experience.

Good Wooded Spot

I really enjoyed the campground with the river nearby and the close location to so many hiking opportunities and Pagosa Springs.

I was able to get reservations and stayed my first two nights in spot 14. It’s not terribly private but not close to the other sites. Big area with lots of spots for level tents. Sounds of the river nearby. One negative is the sound of the road nearby. It’s not a busy road but it has ruts that caused vehicles with trailers going by to make some loud rattling, even a little late into the night.

My third night was at spot 24. Which was away from other spots a little more private and definitely quieter. There was a trail down to the river there as well, which was nice to have at hand and brought others coming through during the day.

The majority of spots didn’t seem to have a lot of privacy. But there was plenty of shade and opportunity for a good camp setup.