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Meridian Campground

Capacity: 180 People
Elevation: 9,000 Feet (2805.5 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 18
Reservation Status: Not Accepted




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General Description

Meridian Campground is located approximately ten miles northwest of Bailey on Park County Road 43. This campground consists of 18 individual family campsites. The campsites each include a table, fire ring, and parking spur. Campground facilities include drinking water, garbage collection and vault toilets. There are dispersed camping sites nearby. The nearest public telephone, fire and emergency services are located in the town of Harris Park.

Recreation opportunities from this site include access to the Mount Evans Wilderness via the Meridian trail. Other activities include fishing in streams and alpine lakes, hiking, biking, horseback riding and four wheel driving.

Directions from Bailey: Meridian Campground is located approximately 10 miles northwest of Bailey on Park County Road 43. Drive approximately 1 mile north of Bailey on Highway 285 to the intersection with County Road 43. Drive nine miles to County Road 47. Turn right on County Road 47 where it intersects with Forest Road 100. Follow 47 to the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: May through October .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
single-unit campsite Call for Current Fee Services include drinking wate



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Mt. Evans Wilderness Area
Yes
ICON RV Camping Meridian Campground - 16' maximum length
Yes
ICON Tent Camping Meridian Campground
Yes
ICON Trailer Camping Meridian Campground - 16' maximum length
Yes
ICON Camping Meridian Campground
Yes
ICON Fishing Deer Creek
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Meridian Trail, Ben Tyler Trail, Tanglewood Trail, Payne Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Meridian Trail, Ben Tyler Trail, Tanglewood Trail, Payne Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Animal Identification Meridian Trail, Ben Tyler Trail, Tanglewood Trail, Payne Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Bird Identification Meridian Trail, Ben Tyler Trail, Tanglewood Trail, Payne Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Mushroom Identification Meridian Trail, Ben Tyler Trail, Tanglewood Trail, Payne Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Meridian Trail, Ben Tyler Trail, Tanglewood Trail, Payne Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Meridian Trail, Ben Tyler Trail, Tanglewood Trail, Payne Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Wildlife Mt. Evans Wilderness Area
No



Nearby Services

nearest public telephone: various (private, for profit) Directions: Harris Park - Drive east on County Road 47.

fire and emergency services: (non-profit) Directions: Harris Park - Drive east on County Road 47.



Related Activities
Ben Tyler Trail - This trail offers access to the Lost Creek Wilderness. Users will see beautiful wildflowers in summer and changing aspens in autumn.

Gibson Lake Trail - This 2.4 mile hike follows the Lake Fork drainage to a pretty lake nestled in a high tundra bowl. The well-established trail climbs at a steady, moderately steep grade.

Meridian Trail - The Meridian Trail is a pleasant hike that leads to a saddle that separates the Pike and Arapaho National Forests. Hiking distance to the saddle is 3 miles and the elevation gain is 1,630'.

Rosalie Trail - The Rosalie Trail is a popular trail extending from the southeast edge of the Mt. Evans Wilderness Area to Guanella Pass. It offers spectacular views of Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans.

Shelf Lake Trail - The Shelf Lake Trail follows the Smelter Gulch drainage to Shelf Lake in a high mountain cirque. The 3.2 mile hike is on an established trail the entire distance.

Tanglewood Trail - The Tanglewood Trail is a moderately difficult trail in the Mt. Evans Wilderness. It leads to some spectacular views of rock formations, wildflowers and forest areas.



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