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Camping: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Cebolla Ranger District

Quick Facts

Big Blue Campground

Capacity: 110 People
Elevation: 9,600 Feet (2992.5 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 11
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Big Blue Campground is located 19 miles northwest of Lake City, Colorado. It is situated near the junction of Soldier Creek and Blue Creek. A variety of hiking trails exist in the area including Big Blue Trail, Fall Creek Trail, Ridge Stock Driveway Trail and Alpine Trail. Most of these trails lead south into the Uncompahgre Wilderness, therefore they are not open for mechanized or motorized vehicles.

Directions from Lake City: From Lake City drive ten miles north on state road 149 to Forest Developed Road 868. Turn left on to 868 and drive nine miles northwest to the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through September (NOTE: Expect snow from September on..) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Facilities include parking spu

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The hardest part was the road! I had to stop once along the way and let my engine cool and add water to the radiator. But once I got here, it was worth it. Out of the way, with plenty of trees and a beautiful valley and nearby hiking trails. Watch the chipmunks, though! They'll steal your food if they can.
Conditions: The Summer of '05 Heat Wave was just starting to subside. Days were pleasantly warm, and nights great for sleeping. It rained most of one afternoon, but the previous day had been perfect to go hiking on a nearby trail.
Water Availability: I brought my own; information said that there was none available here.

Filed By: Kellie Wilcox (New Summerfield, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We came to Blue Creek in July 98 and we are returning this June and hope to see snow this year. It is so quiet and peaceful. If you REALLY want to get away, then this is the place to do it!!
Conditions: We were there in July ---and being from Texas we veiwed the weather as PERFECT---but the people in town said it was hot. It was 55 in the morning and 75 at 2 pm --rained alittle at night.
Water Availability: We brought our on water!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Big Blue Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Big Blue Creek
ICON Hiking & Walking various trails and Uncompahgre Wilderness
ICON Horseback Riding various trails and Uncompahgre Wilderness
ICON Mountain Biking various trails - mechanized and motorized vehicles are not permitted in the Uncompahgre Wilderness
ICON Motorcycle Riding various trails - mechanized and motorized vehicles are not permitted in the Uncompahgre Wilderness
ICON Rivers & Streams Big Blue Creek, Soldier Creek
ICON Scenic Driving Highway 149

Related Activities
Big Blue Creek - The headwaters of Big Blue Creek begin in the Uncompahgre Wilderness and flow northward to the Gunnison River. The stream is clear and cold. Brook trout are plentiful, although they are relatively small.

Big Blue Trail - This trail offers good fishing and spectacular, high-alpine views but can be crowded during the summer months.

Fall Creek Trail - This trail provides access to the Big Blue Wilderness.

Ridge Stock Driveway Trail #233 - This crowded trail provides access to the Big Blue Wilderness, Matterhorn Peak, Wetterhorn Peak and Uncompahgre Peak.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Ste. 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO


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