Forest Road 852

San Juan National Forest

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FR-852 Bayfield, CO 81122 970-884-2512 970-247-4874 Official Website

GPS: 37.3983, -107.5323

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Overview of Forest Road 852

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Open Seasonally Yes

Elevation 7,808 ft / 2,379 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 7/12/2016
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Lance 1121 Ford F-550
26 reviews
“Free camping with unbeatable views”

Reviewed 7/12/2016

Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 6
Overall Rating

Forest Road 852 is off the uphill side of 603 (the main road around the east side of the lake), just north of the entrance to North Canyon developed campground. Go up the hill and you'll find a handful of dispersed sites on the left side of the road. Most are reasonably level, and all have rock fire rings (though there was a fire ban in effect when we were here).

The road is graded about halfway up, then it becomes quite rough dirt. So, small to medium-size RVs will be fine to the first couple of sites, but beyond there high clearance is required (and it looks like it's nigh-impassable when wet). I'm not sure how accessible any of these sites would be for big rigs, however - probably best to scout it first and make your own decision.

What really makes these sites special, however, are the spectacular views over Vallecito Reservoir and to the Weminuche Wilderness beyond. We spent one night at the North Canyon campground down the hill before finding this - and promptly moved.

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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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  • Dispersed Camping
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Nearby

Pine Point Campground

Noisy as a city

- Js81

North Canyon Campground

BEAUTIFUL CAMPSITE ON THE EAST SHORE OF VALLECITO RESERVOIR, CO

- gts1544

Five Branches Camper Park

Very enjoyable.

- Trooper

Middle Mountain

Awesome

- Grolee4

Graham Creek Campground

Beautiful setting. Peaceful and close to the lake for fishing.

- ruthie

Vallecito Resort

Great place to spend a season

- Meanderings

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