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DAVENPORT CAMPGROUND, CO

part ofPSICC, US Forest Service
Photo: DAVENPORT CAMPGROUND (CO)
Status: Closed through Thu Apr 30 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Davenport Campground was one of the first Forest Service campgrounds, and is near the now-abandoned Squirrel Creek Campground, the very first Forest Service campground in the country. In 2010, Davenport was rebuilt to evoke the original 1920s design. Adirondack shelters and a common cooking shelter with stone fireplaces were built and old-style log picnic tables add to the historic character of this campground.

The campground offers access to an array of hiking, mountain biking, motorcycle and off-road vehicle trails.

Natural Features:

The campground sits in a grassy meadow surrounded by aspen and spruce trees at an elevation of 8,500 feet. Squirrel Creek runs alongside this scenic facility in the Wet Mountains of southern Colorado.

Recreation:

The 4.5-mile Squirrel Creek Trail is open to hiking, biking, horseback riding and motorcycle riding. This trail meets the original Squirrel Creek Campground site where a major flood, in 1947, washed out the never-reopened road and campground. Silver Circle, Second Mace, and South Creek Trails can be accessed nearby, too.

Anglers enjoy casting for brook trout in Squirrel Creek.

Facilities:

The campground offers single-family sites for tent camping only. Most of these are reached by walking on short foot trails to the sites from common parking areas. Some sites are accessible, and three sites have log Adirondack shelters. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and grill. Accessible vault toilets and trash collection are provided.

Nearby Attractions:

Bishop's Castle, a replica of a medieval castle, is about 2 miles from the campground, just off Highway 165. The always-in-progress structure is an interesting display of labor-intensive masonry and intricate wrought ironwork.

Beautiful Lake Isabel is less than 10 miles away. Visitors enjoy canoeing, kayaking and fishing in the stocked lake. Several mountain trails weave through the area.

Pueblo Mountain Park in Beulah Valley is about 7 miles east. This scenic park offers hiking trails, educational programs and a stone labyrinth.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Adirondack Shelter
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cooking Area
  • Creek Access
  • Fireplace
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Self Pay Station
  • Tent sites
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
Within 10 Miles
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Motorcycle Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Trailheads
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 9 first-come, first-serve sites and 3 reservable sites
  • Campground cannot accommodate RVs or pop-up trailers
  • No RV hookups are available
  • No drinking water available; water can be accessed from Ophir Creek Campground, about 3 miles away
  • For more information on Pike and San Isabel National Forests, click here
  • 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):
38.05556, -105.06972
38°3'20"N, 105°4'11"W

From Pueblo, go 25 miles south on I-25 to Exit 74. Go west 25 miles on State Highway 165 to Forest Road 382. Turn right onto Forest Road 382 and travel about 2 miles until the road dead ends at the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

DAVENPORT CAMPGROUND
US Forest Service Road 382
Canon City  CO  81212

Phone Number:

Project Office: 1-719-269-8500
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