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.
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Mid-May through Mid-September
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