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Almont Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Almont Campground is located within the steep canyon walls cut by the Gunnison River near Almont, Colorado. Along with beautiful scenery, visitors will enjoy fishing, four-wheel driving and mountain biking.
Alta Lakes Campground Norwood Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Alta Lakes dispersed camping site is located approximately ten miles south of Telluride next to the ghost town of Alta Lakes.
Amphitheatre Campground Ouray Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This campground is located one mile south of Ouray. The area is dominated by Spruce trees at an elevation of 8,400 feet. The campground also has an amphitheater and vista.
Beaver Lake Campground Ouray Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This campground sits next to Beaver Lake and is shaded by Spruce trees. The lake has trail around it with accessible fishing turnouts.
Big Blue Campground Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Big Blue Campground is located 19 miles northwest of Lake City, Colorado. Visitors to this site will enjoy fishing, hiking, horseback riding and backpacking.
Big Cimmarron Campground Ouray Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This campground is located next to the Cimarrona River, and is shaded by Spruce trees.
Cebolla Campground Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Cebolla Campground is located on Forest Developed Road 788 between La Garita and Powderhorn Wilderness Areas. Visitors to this site enjoy fishing, hiking, backpacking and horseback riding.
Cement Creek Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Cement Creek Campground provides access to hiking, mountain biking, motorcycle riding, spelunking and fishing.
Cement Creek Road #740 Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This road follows Cement Creek it's entire distance. It is a popular, but remote area for many types of summer and winter recreation opportunities.
Cinnamon Pass - Engineer Pass Road Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This four-wheel drive loop offers moderate to difficult terrain and expansive views of the surrounding areas.
Cold Springs Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Cold Spring Campground lies within the Taylor Canyon, which supports access to hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking and rafting.
Columbine Campground Ouray Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The Columbine Campground is located on the Uncompahgre Plateau at Columbine Pass, at an elevation of 9,100 feet.
Comanche Campground Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Four-wheel driving and mountain biking are the most popular activities for visitors to Comanche Campground. Hikers, backpackers and equestrians will enjoy the solitude of the Fossil Ridge Wilderness north of this site.
Commissary Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Anglers, four-wheel drive enthusiasts, hikers, equestrians and backpackers will enjoy the challenging terrain that surrounds Commissary Campground.
Crystal Lake Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Crystal Lake lies northwest of Lake City along the Crystal Lake Trail. The hike to Crystal Lake is difficult. Fishing for brook and rainbow trout varies from fair to good.
Deer Lakes Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Deer Lakes are a series of small, easily accessible, man-made reservoirs offering good to excellent fishing for rainbow trout.
Deer Lakes Campground Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Anglers will enjoy the scenic beauty of the Deer Lakes located next to this site. Great opportunities for hiking, backpacking and horseback riding can be found in the wilderness areas east of Deer Lakes Campground.
Dinner Station Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Four-wheel drive enthusiasts and anglers frequent this site during the Summer months. It is located on the Taylor River and a few miles west of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.
Dorchester Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Dorchester Campground is popular with off-road vehicle users. A lengthy network of motorized trails leads from the Castle Creek Valley to Taylor Reservoir.
East Brush Road #738.2B Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
East Brush Creek forks from Brush Creek eight and a half miles from Highway 135. It leads to the Brush Creek and Block and Tackle Trailhead.
Emerald Lake Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Emerald Lake is an alpine lake of twelve surface acres, that supports small rainbow trout. It is situated in a scenic valley with a picnic area on its northern shore.
Garden Basin Trailhead Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The Garden Basin Trailhead is the southern terminus of the Timberline Trail. It can be found from Mirror Lake Road in Taylor Park.
Gold Creek Campground Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Gold Creek Campground provides access to fishing, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and mountain biking. It's a great site to experience the natural beauty of the central Rocky Mountains.
Gothic Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Gothic Campground is surrounded by 13,000 foot mountains that create beautiful, but challenging terrain for biking, hiking, horseback riding and four-wheel driving.
Gunnison Route Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park The Gunnison Route begins at the South Rim Visitor Center. This trail is one mile one way. Trails into the inner canyon are not marked or maintained.
Gunsight Pass Road Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Gunsight Pass Road lies north of Crested Butte and can be accessed from Slate River Road. The road is passable for five miles to the Daisy Mine.
Hancock Pass Four-Wheel Drive Road Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Hancock Pass Road, Forest Service Road 266/County Road 299, leads two and a half miles north from Tomichi Pass to Forest Road 298. This is the only drivable route over the Continental Divide in the area.
Hidden Valley Tent Campground Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Hidden Valley Campground provides access to La Garita and Powderhorn Wilderness Areas. It is an ideal site for backpackers and hikers who plan to use the network of trails in these natural areas.
Iron Springs Campground Ouray Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Iron Springs Campground is located on the Uncompahgre Plateau, off the Divide Road (Forest Road 402) at an elevation of 9,600 feet.
Kebler Pass Road Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This dirt road leads through the West Elk Mountains and connects Paonia to Crested Butte. It is maintained from Memorial Day through October.
Lake Irwin Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The terrain surrounding Lake Irwin Campground supports challenging mountain biking and hiking trails for all ability levels. Fishing in the beauty of this setting will thrill all age levels.
Lake View Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Visitors using Lake View Campground come to the area primarily for recreation in and around Taylor Park Reservoir. Boating, fishing, off-road vehicle use and hiking, top the list of activities.
Lodgepole Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This site is great for anglers, rafters and kayakers, because it is located on the shores of the Upper Taylor section of the Gunnison River.
Long Draw Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Long Draw is a one mile one way hike. The trail begins on the North Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Trail into the canyon are not marked or maintained.
Lottis Creek Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Lottis Creek Campground appeals primarily to anglers, hikers and four-wheel drive enthusiasts. The Taylor River basin provides access to challenging terrain for all ability levels.
Matterhorn Campground Norwood Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The Matterhorn Campground is located southwest of Telluride, near Lizard Head Pass, at an elevation of 9,500 feet.
Milk Creek Road Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Milk Creek Road leads into the Cochetopa Hills and is very difficult to climb. It is not recommended for the beginner.
Mirror Lake Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Mirror Lake Campground is located in the Sawatch Mountains near the town of Tincup.
Mosca Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Mosca Campground is a haven for anglers with a boat ramp and fishing site within its boundaries. There is plenty of terrain for mountain bikers, hikers and four-wheel drivers to enjoy in the area.
Muddy Creek Road Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The Sawtooth Mountain Loop Road can provide an escape from the other usually crowded four wheel drive trails during the summer months. Five roads connect to create this loop south of Highway 50.
Nellie Creek Road # 877 Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Nellie Creek Road leads north from Engineer Pass Road to the southern boundary of the Uncompahgre Wilderness.
North Bank Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
North Bank Campground appeals primarily to anglers, because it lies on the lower Taylor River. Other recreation opportunities in the area include hiking, mountain biking, scenic driving and four-wheel driving.
North Rim Campground Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park North Rim Campground has a total of 13 campsites located on the North Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.
Ohio Creek Road Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Ohio Creek Road leads 23.5 miles north from Gunnison to Kebler Pass. Its a great place to see the Colorado wildflowers in bloom during the summer and the golden hue of aspen trees in autumn.
One Mile Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This site lies at the south end of Taylor Canyon and provides access to a variety of activities including rock climbing and kayaking.
Paradise Divide Road Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Paradise Divide Road connects Slate River Road with Gothic Road. It travels through scenic Paradise Basin.
Pitkin Campground Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Pitkin Campground lies in an abandoned mining region of Colorado. The surrounding terrain supports a plethora of four-wheel drive roads built over 100 years ago by miners in the region.
Poverty Gulch Four-Wheel Drive Road Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Poverty Gulch Road is an abandoned mining road that leads northwest from Slate River Road to the Augusta Mine.
Quartz Campground Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Quartz Campground can be found on Cumberland Pass Road in the middle of an abandoned mining region. The site is popular with four-wheel drive enthusiasts who use the abandoned mining roads.
Ridgway State Park Ridgway State Park,
Colorado State Parks
This site is one of the most modern facilities in the state park system.
Rivers End Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Rivers End Campground lies on the northern shore of Taylor Park Reservoir. This site provides access to fishing, hiking, mountain biking and four-wheel driving.
Rocky Brook Road Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Rocky Brook Road, Forest Road 748, leads from Spring Creek Road to Taylor River Road. The Star Trailhead lies on Rocky Brook Road.
Rosy Lane Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Rosy Lane Campground lies on the banks of the Taylor River. It is a good place for visitors interested in fly and cast fishing.
S.O.B. Draw Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park S.O.B. Draw is located off of the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. This trail accesses six campgrounds.
Silver Jack Campground Ouray Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Silver Jack Campground is located southeast of Montrose and east of Ridgeway, above Silver Jack Reservoir, at an elevation of 8,900 feet.
Slate River Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This small river supports brook, brown and rainbow trout, but the fishing is rated as poor. Regardless, the surrounding terrain is beautifully rugged with many recreation opportunities.
Slide Draw Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Slide Draw is located on the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. This is a difficult route that leads to the Gunnison river.
Slumgullion Campground Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Slumgullion Campground attracts anglers and motorized vehicle users. It is close to the Lake City Historic District, Silver Thread Scenic Byway and Lake San Cristobal.
Snowblind Campground Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Four-wheel driving, hiking and backpacking are popular activities for visitors to Snowblind Campground. The site lies west of the Continental Divide at the base of the Sawatch Mountain Range.
Soap Creek Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Soap Creek Campground caters to equestrians using the West Elk Wilderness Area.
South Rim Campground Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park South Rim Campground is located on the South Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. This campground has a total of 88 sites.
Spring Creek Campground Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Spring Creek Campground offers the solitude of the Gunnison Country. (It's worth the drive.) Anglers will enjoy this site because of its close proximity to Spring Creek and Taylor River.
Spruce Campground Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Spruce Campground is popular with hikers, equestrians and anglers. Wilderness areas surround the site and the Cebolla Creek runs through it.
Star Trailhead Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Star Trailhead is located on Rocky Brook Road, Forest Service Road 748. It accesses the multi-use Star Trail, 411.
Sunshine Campground Norwood Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The Sunshine Campground is located southwest of Telluride along Highway 145. It lies at an elevation of 9,500 feet.
Tellurium Road #584 Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This road accesses Tellurium Creek and dead ends at a vista of the surrounding area. It is contained within a thin arm of Forest Service land surrounded by the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness on three sides.
Texas Creek Lakes Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
These four lakes are fed by Texas Creek and are centrally located between the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary and Taylor Park Reservoir in Taylor Park.
Texas Creek Road #755 Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Texas Creek Road provides access to the western boundary of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area. This part of the wilderness is not heavily used and a good place to seek solitude.
Tomichi Pass Road Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Tomichi Road is difficult and not recommended for the beginner. It leads through mining territory and over Tomichi Pass, 11,980 feet.
Tomichi Route Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Tomichi Route is located on the south rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. This trail starts from the Rim Rock Trail near the campground.
Union Park Road Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This road accesses Lottis Creek and Gold Creek Trail in the Fossil Ridge Wilderness.
Wager Gulch - Carson Road Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Wager Gulch-Carson Road is a moderate to difficult four-wheel drive into the mining country of the San Juan Mountains and the Continental Divide.
Warner Route Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park The Warner Route is the longest route into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. There are 5 campsites located up and downstream.
Washington Gulch Road Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Washington Gulch Road follows Washington Gulch to the abandoned town site of Elkton. It may be combined with Slate River Road to make a loop back to Highway 135.
West Antelope Road Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This road extends 12 miles between Steers Gulch Road and Ohio Creek Road.
Williams Creek Campground Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Williams Creek Campground lies on the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway and the Gunnison River. It is a good place for individuals interested in hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing or scenic driving, to camp.
Willow Creek Road # 882 Cebolla Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Willow Creek Road leads north from County Road 76, west of Ohio City, to the Fossil Ridge Wilderness boundary.
Woods Lake Campground Norwood Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Woods Lake Campground is temporarily closed and scheduled to reopen 8/99. It is located west of Telluride and south of Sawpit, at an elevation of 9,400 feet.
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