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GRAHAM CREEK CAMPGROUND, CO

part ofSan Juan National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: GRAHAM CREEK CAMPGROUND (CO)
Status: Closed through Thu May 07 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Graham Creek Campground is situated above Vallecito Lake, in the scenic San Juan National Forest of southwestern Colorado. Visitors enjoy the area for its beautiful scenery and wide range of recreational activities, including boating, fishing and hiking.

Natural Features:

Vallecito Lake, Spanish for "little valley," sits at an elevation of 7,900 feet. Scattered ponderosa pine trees tower over the open campground, offering limited shade. Hillside sites are about 100 yards from the high-water line and offer nice lake views.

A thick understory provides privacy between sites. Thickets of willow separate the camping area from the lakeshore. Several short trails lead to the lake from the campground. High peaks of the San Juans are visible to the northwest of the campground.

Recreation:

Vallecito Lake is a very popular fishing destination, where anglers cast for German brown trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, kokanee salmon and northern pike.

The lake offers great boating, water skiing and canoeing opportunities. Boat rentals and fishing licenses are available at various locations around the lake.

A variety of hiking and horseback riding trails are found in the area. The North Canyon Trail begins across the road from the campground and leads through ponderosa pine and aspen forests on its way through the canyon. A shorter trail leads to a scenic overlook of the lake.

East Creek Trail begins a quarter-mile up Forest Road 852, just northeast of the campground. The trail provides access to a lightly used, scenic drainage where fly-fisherman cast for brook trout. Both trails are popular with horseback riders, however, horses are not allowed in the campground.

Facilities:

The campground offers single-family campsites, a few of which have lake views. Sites are each equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. The south side of the campground is adjacent to private property.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Tables
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • General Store
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
  • Water Skiing
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fuel Available
  • River Access
  • Scenic Overlooks
Know Before You Go
  • Sites can accommodate large RVs, but entrance and exit roads are steep
  • Click here for more information on the San Juan 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):
37.39028, -107.54
37°23'25"N, 107°32'24"W

From Bayfield, travel 14 miles north on County Road 501. Turn right on Forest Road 603; travel over the dam and continue just over 3 miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

GRAHAM CREEK CAMPGROUND
SAN JUAN NF
  CO 

Phone Number:

Information:  (970) 884-2512
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