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BIG MEADOWS DEL NORTE, CO

part ofRio Grande National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: BIG MEADOWS DEL NORTE
Status: Open through Mon Sep 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Big Meadows is located in the San Juan Mountains in south-central Colorado, about 11 miles west of South Fork. The campground is lightly wooded with spruce trees, creating a beautiful meadow atmosphere.

The Rio Grande National Forest spans 1.86 million acres in south-central Colorado. The Continental Divide runs for 236 miles along most of the forest's western border, presenting a myriad of ecosystems from alpine desert to dense wilderness.

Natural Features:

The campground meanders up a mountainside above Big Meadows Reservoir in a series of loops. As a sub-alpine region, the campground gets more rainfall than the opposite side of the lake, resulting in plentiful wildflowers and aspens surrounding the campsites.

Recreation:

An accessible fishing pier, located on the north shore of the reservoir, allows anglers to cast for rainbow, brown and brook trout. Hunting, boating and hiking are also popular pastimes.

Hikers and horseback riders will enjoy the 6-mile Archuleta Trail. The trail accesses the Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado's largest wilderness, which boasts the headwaters of dozens of major streams and rivers that feed into the Rio Grande and San Juan rivers.

Facilities:

Each site has a campfire ring and picnic tables. Drinking water is available.

The nearest dump station is 13 miles away, and a boat ramp is located on the north shore of the reservoir.

Nearby Attractions:

The surrounding area has plenty to keep visitors busy, with attractions like Great Sand Dunes National Park, Native American ruins, remnants of the Spanish Conquistadors and gold rush ghost towns. The Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Ranges are laced with trails for avid hikers.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Pit Toilets
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Amphitheater
  • Bait Shop
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fuel Available
  • Pay Phone
Know Before You Go
  • Electric hookups are not available
  • This campground has first-come, first-served sites
  • A fee will be charged for additional vehicles
  • The 14 day stay limit is strictly enforced. Camping for a period longer than 14 days during any 30-consecutive day period is prohibited. If you have booked back-to-back reservations, you will be asked to cancel all days after the first 14.
  • Click here for more information on the Rio Grande National Forest
  • 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):
37.53806, -106.79611
37°32'17"N, 106°47'46"W

From South Fork, Colorado, take Highway 160 for 13 miles west, turn onto Forest Road 410 SW, and go 1.8 miles to Big Meadows Campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BIG MEADOWS DEL NORTE
DIVIDE RD 13308 W. HIGHWAY 160
DEL NORTE  CO  81132

Phone Number:

Information:  (719)657-3321
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