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Old 07-31-2010, 06:35 PM   #1
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best national forest campgrounds in sw Co

Planning a trip to southwest Co. Would like to do a lot of camping in the National Forest campgrounds. But which ones? Need suggestions as to the best ones you have visited.

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Old 07-31-2010, 07:18 PM   #2
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There are lots of great places in the Colorado Rockies. See my comments on boondocking near Wolf Creek Pass in this recent post:

We also stayed at the KOA in Durango, which had a new swimming pool. They had lots of activities for families and kids, including evening movies and a wagon ride around the campground that doubled as a shuttle bus. Durango, Silverton and Ouray have lots of things to do:

Check out the Durango/Silverton Railway, the Old 100 Gold Mine Tour and white water rafting. Also, excellent fishing in the summer, and skiing at Purgatory in the winter. It's a college town, so lots of neat little shops and restaurants in the old downtown area. And, it's cool there!

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Haviland Lake campground is beautiful. If you go there during off season, you may be able to snag a site with electric or one of the few sites overlooking the lake. Some pics of our Haviland Lake campsite are on Flikr:
Durango 2009-05 - a set on Flickr
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Middle Mountain at Vallicito, Junction Creek and anything in LaPlata Canyon. Call the Durango Land Center 970-247-4874 and ask for a free camping guide for the San Juan NF. This guide covers USFS campgrounds from Wolf Creek Pass to the Utah border and north to Silverton and Rico.
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Here's the list of NF campgrounds in the area.
USDA Forest Service, San Juan National Forest - Campground Status
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that list of campgrounds looks good. Thanks.
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We camped in Amphatheatre (sorry I butchered the spelling) Campground near Ouray, CO several years ago. We loved it.
We were in a pop-up back then, but the site would have handled our Bambi without a problem.
It is a beautiful part of Colorado.


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