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Camping: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Pagosa Ranger District

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Cimarrona Campground

Elevation: 8,400 Feet (2618.5 Meters)
Length of Stay: 30 Days
Number of Sites: 21
Reservation Remarks: 21 sites on 8 acres.
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Cimarrona campground makes a good base camp and staging area for hikes into the Weminuche Wilderness. There are several trailheads nearby.

The campground has 21 sites and a few can handle large RVs. You can choose from sunny or shady sites as a few are well shaded by spruce and fir. The campground is adjacent to Cimarrona Creek, with beautiful views of the meadow and reservoir to the south.

The road ends a mile beyond Cimarrona at the Williams Creek trailhead, where a pack-animal ramp and corral are provided. Camping is not permitted here. The trail leads into the Wilderness, following the creek for 14 miles before crossing the Continental Divide.

The Cimarrona Trail begins just across the road from the campground, winding its way for seven miles to another point on the Divide. The Poison Park Trail, which begins at the end of Poison Park Road (Forest Development Road # 644), also leads to the Wilderness and several alpine lakes.

By following the Upper Piedra Road (Forest Development Road # 631) past the Forest Development Road # 640 intersection, you can enjoy a 29-mile (one-way) scenic drive. The first 23 miles are suitable for most passenger cars. There are large stands of aspen, spruce, and fir, with views of the lower elevations to the south and the high peaks to the north.

Directions from Pagosa Springs, Colorado: Travel 2.0 miles west on U.S. Hwy 160. Turn northwest on Forest Development Road #631 for 22.0 miles. Then, turn north on Forest Development Road #640 for 4.0 miles.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Mid-May through Mid-September (NOTE: FEE, TRASH, WATER) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Water, trash pickup, and vault

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open memorial day thru september. Updated: 2005-01-10 14:01:00.0

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Filed By: SB (Durango, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Long drive on unpaved road through beautiful open country, past the reservoir to what appeared to be a relatively unvisited campground. I was there on a Friday in mid June and heard the camp host tell some RVers to let the water run for a while before collecting it because it hadn't been used for a week. The fee is now $10 per night for tent site. Good trails nearby with trailheads almost within walking distance.
Conditions: No notable condition. Some campsites had good views of the surrounding mountains and some were privately nestled in the woods.
Water Availability: There apparently was water available, but I always take my own water when camping so I didn't use it and have no idea of the quality.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Most sites are well treed and private, it is near the end of the road, so not much road noise. Can see the resevoir from sites, but its a good walk, or short drive to get to. I'd rank this one even with Teal as 2nd best in the area. This is more private, but Teal has better views and is closer to lake, so if you want privacy go here, if you prefer better views go to Teal.
Conditions: Looked maybe 1/3 full friday afternoon before memorial day weekend. Mosqitos are definetly present. Most sites have good privacy and shade. Seemed least busy of the ones in this area. NOTE: Something else to consider is that it looked like dispersed camping (Free) was allowed along the road in this area, saw many people doing that.
Water Availability: Looked like water was available, drove through and checked it out, but ended up at the Williams Creek campground.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Sailing 1-1.5 miles south to Williams Creek Reservoir
ICON RV Camping Maximum length is 22 feet.
ICON Tent Camping
ICON Camping Cimarrona Campground
ICON Hiking & Walking 1.0 mile north to Williams Creek Trailhead
ICON Horseback Riding Stables nearby at Sportsman's store on Piedra Road.
ICON Canoeing 1-1.5 miles south to Williams Creek Reservoir
ICON Viewing Scenery

Related Activities
Williams Creek Trailhead - Williams Creek Trailhead is near Cimarrona Campground and Williams Creek Reservoir. There are a number of wilderness trails for hikers to enjoy.

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Visitor Information:

Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, 402 San Juan Street , Pagosa Springs, CO, 81147, Phone: 800-252-2204, Fax: 970-264-4625, chamber@pagosa-springs.com


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