The group picnic area has five double tables, a large group area, a serving table, and cooking grills, as well as a large fire pit and amphitheater, ideal for evening storytelling. Smaller, free family picnic sites are also available. Group picnic sites may be reserved through the Reservation Center. The sites have good morning and evening shade, but most get midday sun. Several can accommodate medium-size RV's. The elevation is 8,500 feet, and the area is mostly level.
Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed. reservations can be made by calling (970)882-2294. Updated: 2004-04-22 14:58:00.0
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Several of the Forest roads in the Mancos area are maintained during the winter for cross-country skiing.
Cold Water Fishing
Fishing is good in the West Mancos River, 0.75 mile down the Transfer Trail from the campground. Plan to take your time on this hike, because the trail is steep in places. It begins across the road from the campground entrance. 5.0 mile south to Jackson Gulch Reservoir
Hiking & Walking
Forest Service Trails # 565 and 617
A nearby trail is suitable for mountain bikes and ATVs.
Many of the unpaved roads in the Mancos area are suitable for Scenic Drives for passenger cars.
There are plowed parking areas for snowmobile access.
Jersey Jim Fire Lookout Tower - Live a little bit of history and enjoy an incredible view in Southwestern Colorado with an overnight stay at the Jersey Jim Fire Lookout Tower.
Kennebec Pass-Junction Creek Road Trail - This is a popular mountain bike loop near Durango which starting at Mayday, makes for a difficult workout. Alternatively, one can begin at Kennebec Pass which makes a long downhill run with most of the route on gravel road.
Sharkstooth Trail - This trail joins the Highline National Recreation Trail (part of the Colorado Trail) at Bear Creek. The trail begins in a mixed conifer forest and climbs to a rock field above timberline.