Cimarrona Campground

San Juan National Forest

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Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
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GPS: 37.5384, -107.2108

Last Price Paid: $0
Number of Sites: 21
Elevation: 8409 ft
Max Length: 35 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Ratings Summary

Site Quality
15 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 16

Constant Critic would stay here again

“Cozy campground at base of mountain”

Reviewed Oct 04, 2016

Overall Rating

This nice little campground at the base of Cimarrona Mountain offers a natural setting in the aspens and pines. The 25 mile gravel road up can be washboard and mud, but they keep it in pretty good shape. The loop can be potholed and rutted from water runoff. About one third of the sites would fit my 30 ft motorhome with leveling required. Most sites are best for tent camping. There are pit toilets and a hand pump well. I stayed here late in the season when the other campgrounds had closed, so this one was free as was the horse camp up the road. I think it's $20 in season. I've stayed in the spring and July 4th and it's always beautiful. I got a picture of a big owl in the surrounding woods.
You can walk from your site to the Cimarrona trailhead and follow the trail to the top, but you don't have to go that high to get wonderful views. Williams Creek trail takes off from the horse camp is is best suited to horseback. Poison trailhead is at the end of Poison Road and a 45 minute hike takes you into the Weminuche Valley with beautiful views of surrounding mountains and aspen groves. A 5 hour hike takes you to Granite Lake and is best done on horseback. Poison has been taken over by outfitters and is chewed up by horse hooves. There is free camping along Poison Road.
No cell service here. You'll have to enjoy the best Colorado has to offer in this remote setting. Fall is the best time to be here. Usually the last week in September.

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  • dry camping
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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