The Target Tree Campground is dominated by 12-acres of large pines and is known for its variety of birds (an informational sign lists the species that can be seen in the vicinity). In this area, the Ute Indians harvested sap and inner bark of the ponderosa pines as food supplements. They also used trees for target practice with rifles and bow and arrows. These scarred trees still remain and a short trail leads one. An historical marker explains the usage. Also, the Narrow Gauge Trail begins near campsite # 37 and leads gradually uphill 0.75 mile to the old railroad grade.
Twenty-five sites on a south-facing hillside overlook the Cherry Creek valley and 17 are barrier-free. Many sites are shady, but still heat up on sunny summer days.
Directions from Mancos, Colorado: Travel 7 miles east on U.S. Hwy 160 where you will find the campground just off the highway.
Normal Services Available:
Mid-May through Early November
(NOTE: Open, water on.)