Big Meadows Campground

Rio Grande National Forest

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FR-410
South Fork, CO 81154
719-657-3321
719-852-5941
Reservations: 877-444-6777
Official Website

GPS: 37.5389, -106.7968

Last Price Paid: $20
Number of Sites: 54
Reservations: Yes
Open Seasonally: Yes
Elevation: 9331 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise

Cell Phone Coverage

2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
Weboost
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 16

Maman325 would stay here again

“COULD be a great campground, in spite of our rough experience”

Reviewed Sep 06, 2018

Overall Rating

First of all - let me say that this campground was much more beautiful than I expected. They've had a lot of beetle kill, so there aren't as many trees in the campground as there apparently used to be - but it's still more wooded than I expected. It's a hilly campground, and there's nice space between most of the sites. The lake is peaceful and nice for a quiet paddle. Even on Labor Day weekend, it was never crowded by the lake. There is a great hiking trail around the lake, and a short hike up to a waterfall right from the campground. The campground itself was well-kept.

Now, for the bad...the camp host was largely MIA. What made this a problem was that we had neighbors in a double site (20-ish people, many dogs, and 7+ vehicles) who brought a loud, open-frame generator that they ran up the hill from their site (which was within 20 feet of our site) for 10+ hours/day. The first night we were there, at 10:30pm, we were amongst at least 3 other camping groups who asked them to turn it off since it was a) past quiet hours, and b) too loud for a campground. They finally did turn it off at about quarter to 11. The next day, they started it back up again and ran it nonstop from about 11am to 9:30 at night. They also pulled out a chainsaw several times during the weekend to cut downed trees between our sites - within 20 feet of our campfire. Yes - aside from the first night, it was outside of quiet hours, but it made it completely impossible for anyone within the surrounding 5-10 sites to enjoy sitting outside at their campsite, as it was so loud, you had to yell over it. We thought maybe they'd taken the hint & decided to shut it off before quiet hours started - but then we realized they ran out of gas and had to send someone out the next day to fill the gas tank so they could start it back up again. Sigh. And they were not the sort of friendly folks you could reason with. They spent the rest of the weekend staring at us as if they were daring us to say something again. Fortunately (I guess), it rained most of the rest of the weekend, so we ended up staying inside anyway, which made the sound more tolerable (yes, we could hear it from the inside of our camper).

I guess there are no rules against open-frame generators in campgrounds outside of quiet hours - but I'm a firm believer that there should be. And this would have been an idyllic campground if not for our neighbors and the camp hosts complete unwillingness to intervene.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
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Noise
2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Jen and Mace Man ...
Livingston, TX
27 Airstream Flying Cloud Twin
2012 Ford F-250
158 reviews
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 14
Site Number: 45

Jen and Mace Man Fancy Pants would stay here again

Reviewed Jun 30, 2018

Overall Rating

This campground sits near the Big Meadows Reservoir which is a popular fishing lake that is stocked. The campground is comprised of 3 loops, lower level which is closest to the lake, middle loop and upper loop. The lower loop is pretty popular as it sits closest to the lake with great views of the water. The middle loop and upper loop are mostly back in sites with some pull-thru. Due to a cutting back of all the dead trees, some of the middle and upper loops have a partial view of the lake, others are more secluded and private. I personally like the upper loop the best but if I had kids or wanted to have easy access to fish would choose the lower loop.
Some of the sites are reservable but from my experience in June, one could always get a non-reservable site in at least the middle loop. Probably would want reservations in holiday times to guarantee a site. No showers and no water to fill RV tank although there is water to fill up containers only. Vault toilets were very clean and smelled fresh.

The road in is paved for a maybe 1/2 mile and then turns in to hard-packed dirt, easy driving. A short one-lane bridge but no issue for any camper or MH.

There is a 2 mile or so hiking loop around the lake that is easy and a good hiking option. Also behind site #20 is a hiking trail. There are other hiking trails nearby but may have downed trees.

I got Verizon service which at some times was fairly reliable like early in the morning and sometimes extremely slow.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • boat ramp
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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