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Tigiwon Campground

Capacity: 45 People
Elevation: 9,900 Feet (3086.0 Meters)
Length of Stay: 10 Days
Number of Sites: 9
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted




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General Description

View of the Tigiwon area from Highway 24
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
View of the Tigiwon area from Highway 24
INTRODUCTION
The campground is located in a forested setting beside an alpine meadow with views of the Gore Range. The Holy Cross Wilderness Boundary is just north of the campground.

At the end of Tigiwon Road, 2 miles further, there are 2 trailheads into the Holy Cross Wilderness: Half Moon Pass and Fall Creek Trails. Both trails start above 10,000 feet. Back down Tigiwon Road is Cross Creek Trailhead (about 4.5 miles back). This trail follows the Cross Creek drainage and is less strenuous than the other 2 trails.

There are no creeks nearby for fishing. Cross Creek Trail provides fishing access after a short hike. For the physically fit, Lake Constantine is a 5 mile hike up Fall Creek Trail. The fishing in this lake is fair to good.

Tigiwon Lodge is near the campground. Originally built as a shelter for those traveling to Mount of the Holy Cross, the lodge is available for reservations. Contact the Holy Cross Ranger District at 970-827-5715.

FACILITIES

Campsites: 9

Water: Not Available

Tables: Available

Fire Grates: Available

Toilets: Vault Type

Electric Hookups: Not Available

Dump Station: Not Available

OTHER INFORMATION

Campground Host: None
Level of Use: Low
Trash Service: None


Directions from Vail: Follow I-70 west to the Minturn exit (#171). Follow Highway 24 south through the town of Minturn. At 4.5 miles from the interstate turnoff look for the sign on the right side of the highway for "Tigiwon Road". You'll reach the lodge and parking area 6 miles from the Highway 24 turnoff. Go .5 more miles to the campground.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Follow I-70 west to the Minturn exit (#171). Follow Highway 24 south through the town of Minturn. At 4.5 miles from the interstate turnoff look for the sign on the right side of the highway for "Tigiwon Road". You'll reach the lodge and parking area 6 miles from the Highway 24 turnoff. Go .5 more miles to the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: July through Labor Day or September (NOTE: No water available. Inaccesible to RVs. This campground does not open until July 1st due to Elk calving in the area. Seasons vary depending on snow depth and weather.) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Includes vault toilets No Wat



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
OPENS 07/20/01. No water. Closes 09/30 Closed until 07/01 for restoration and elk calving in the area. Updated: 2001-05-16 14:23:00.0


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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: The campground is nestled in pines that give plenty of shade, but you can walk the short distance out of the pines to enjoy an amazing view of peaks to the north. To get here, however, you should have a 4 x 4 or at least a car with high clearance. The 6 miles of dirt road to reach the campground is full of bumps, dips and good sized rocks. Plus, its another 2 miles up this road from the campsite if you want to get to hiking trails. We were up there the weekend before the 4th and there was a lot of traffic going up Tigiwon Road.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Tigiwon Campground
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking 2 trailheads at the end of Tigiwon Road, 2 miles beyond the campground; 1 trailhead 4.5 miles back down Tigiwon Road.
Yes
ICON Scenic Driving Tigiwon Road
Yes



Nearby Services

Gas Station: national (Private - Profit) Directions: 10 miles northwest in Minturn

Nearest Hospital: local (Private - Profit) Directions: 16 miles northeast in Vail

Nearest Pay Phone: national (Private - Profit) Directions: 10 miles northwest in Minturn



Related Activities
Holy Cross Wilderness Trails - Holy Cross District - The Holy Cross Ranger District portion of the Holy Cross Wilderness lies to the southwest of Vail and Minturn. The different trails are accessed from either US Hwy. 24, Tigiwon Road, or Homestake Road.

Tigiwon Lodge - Tigiwon is a large log lodge available for public functions. It sits in a scenic area near the top of Tigiwon Road, south of Minturn, at an elevation of 10,000 feet.

Tigiwon Road - Tigiwon Road climbs from just south of Minturn, up to Tigiwon Lodge, Tigiwon Campground, and several trailheads.

Upper Eagle River General Forest Area - The Upper Eagle River General Forest Area includes most of the area from Minturn, south to Tennessee Pass.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Vail Valley Partnership, 100 East Meadow Drive , Vail, CO, 81657, Phone: 800-525-3875, Fax: 970-476-6008, www.visitvailvalley.com

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