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Sleeping Elephant Campground

Elevation: 7,800 Feet (2431.4 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 15
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Sleeping Elephant Campground
Copyright: - US Forest Service
Sleeping Elephant Campground
Sleeping Elephant Campground is located in the Poudre Canyon about 53 miles west of Fort Collins. It sits near the Poudre River, at an elevation of 7,900 feet. Fishing is available in the river.

This campground has 15 campsites. The sites have tables and fire grates. There is hand pumped drinking water, trash service and handicapped accessible toilets.

Directions from Fort Collins: Travel northwest on Highway 14 approximately 53 miles to the site.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-May through Late October .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Fee reduced when services are

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is actually only 41 miles up the canyon,not 50+.
Conditions: Sites 4/5/6 very well shaded and private.BUGS!!!!!Mosquitos & biting flies, worse that I have ever seen.
Water Availability: Hand pump water is icky-bring your own.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Have stayed here twice June 15-17 and August 13-15 2003. Best spots are to the right of the entrance. We stayed in site 13 which is at the end of the loop and offers most privacy. Campground is next to Hwy 14 but the traffic noise wasn't too bad. Yes there really is a sleeping elephant! River is across the road. Fishing was excellent in August, river runs high in early months. Price was $11 per night
Conditions: Some rain but weather was good. Most sites have some shade. Bug spray a must - but the bugs weren't really bad. We found fire wood down the road.
Water Availability: We brought fresh water, there is a hand pump - we didn't use for drinking as it was a little on the brown side. There are 2 small stores right down the road if you forget anything.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON RV Camping 20 foot maximum spur length.
ICON Tent Camping Sleeping Elephant Campground
ICON Camping Sleeping Elephant Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Poudre River
ICON Viewing Wildlife surrounding area

More Information

Visitor Information:

Canyon Lakes Ranger District, 2150 Centre Ave., Building E , Fort Collins, CO, 80526, Phone: 970-295-6700

Forest to Grassland Information Center, 1311 S. College Ave. , Fort Collins, CO, 80524, Phone: 970-498-2770, TTY: 970-498-2707


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