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ANGEL OF SHAVANO GROUP, CO

part ofPSICC, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Sep 07 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Angel of Shavano Group Campground is considered one of the area's best kept camping secrets. It is situated next to the North Fork South Arkansas River and offers a variety of recreational activities, including hiking, biking and fishing.

Natural Features:

The campground is named after an image of an angel that appears as winter snow fall on Shavano Mountain. The site lies at an elevation of 9,200 feet along the North Fork South Arkansas River. A forest of aspen and pine covers the area. Beaver ponds dot the landscape at the base of nearby Shavano Mountain.

Some sites sit along the river while others are set among an open, grassy meadow. Thunderstorms are common in summer months.

Recreation:

The Colorado Trail begins within the campground and provides excellent hiking, horseback riding and biking opportunities. The trail stretches 487 miles across Colorado from Denver to Durango, with segments ranging in elevation from 5,500 to 13,300 feet.

The North Fork South Arkansas River offers rainbow and brook trout fishing. The nearby beaver ponds can also be fished.

Fun facilities like a volleyball court, baseball field and horseshoe pits are available within the campground. Visitors must bring their own equipment.

Facilities:

Angel of Shavano offers one group campsite best suited for tent camping. It can accommodate up to 100 people and 24 vehicles. Parking is not available for large RVs.

The site is equipped with a picnic shelter, tables, six pedestal grills and a campfire circle with benches. Vault toilets and trash collection are provided. No drinking water is available within the group site, but it is available at the nearby family campground.

Nearby Attractions:

The city of Salida is 30 minutes away, where visitors can take a scenic tram ride, experience a zip-line, play a round of mini golf or go whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Baseball Fields
  • Campfire Circles
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Softball Fields
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Volleyball Courts
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Host
Within 10 Miles
  • Whitewater Rafting
Know Before You Go
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • This is a high elevation facility, please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites
  • No hookups available
  • Click here for more information on Pike and San Isabel National Forests
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.58278, -106.22
38°34'58"N, 106°13'12"W

From Poncha Springs, Colorado, take U.S. Highway 50 west 6 miles, then right on County Road 240 and travel 4 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ANGEL OF SHAVANO GROUP
SALIDA RANGER DISTRICT
SALIDA  CO  81201

Phone Number:

Information:  (719)539-3591
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