Camping in the San Juan National Forest
There are 39 developed campgrounds in the San Juan National Forest offering close access to a variety of recreational opportunities, including backpacking, fishing, hiking, boating, biking, and horseback riding.
With such a variety of campgrounds to choose from, SJNF is one of the most popular Durango CO camping destinations. A few are particularly well-liked. West Fork Campground and Navajo Trail Campground are situated near hot springs; the latter offers fantastic views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains as well as the rugged namesake San Juan Mountains. Transfer Park Campground was built in an 11-acre meadow amidst a sweeping aspen grove. Old Timers Campground on the Vallecito Lake in Upper Pine Valley is perfect for water-sport enthusiasts.
NOTE: Only one campground in the San Juan NF, the McGee Campground, offers showers and a limited number of electric hookups.
Campgrounds in the San Juan National Forest are open during the snow-free months, generally between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Each has self-service registration and a drop-fee payment station. There is a 14-day limit per visit. Thirteen locations allow reservations up to 120 days in advance (360 days advance for group sites), but most work on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The phone number for campsite reservations in the San Juan National Forest is 800-280-2267.
San Juan National Forest Campgrounds
All of the following campgrounds are located in the San Juan National Forest within convenient driving distance of Durango, Colorado. Not all campgrounds can accommodate RV vehicles or long trailers. Some campgrounds are temporarily closed during economic recovery and are so indicated. Contact each ranger station for latest status, fees and questions.
Select a campground below to view more detail, number of camp sites, RV facilities, RV length restrictions, nearby attractions, facilities, maps, location, directions, and other information. Closures and fees are subject to change at any time.
All information is current as of April 25, 2013.
Dolores District Campgrounds
Dolores Ranger District
Columbine District Campgrounds
Columbine Ranger District
Pagosa District Campgrounds
Pagosa Ranger District
180 Second Street
Other Camping Options
Looking for more choices? There is an extensive list of campgrounds in Mesa Verde National Park, as well as sites in the two Colorado State Parks nearest Durango (Navajo State Park and Mancos State Park) and Private Campgrounds (Lightner Creek, KOA and United). There are also RV Parks in the vicinity.