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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

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Soap Creek Campground

Capacity: 210 People
Elevation: 7,700 Feet (2400.2 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 21
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Soap Creek Campground provides access to the southern trails of the West Elk Wilderness. On site is Coal Mesa Trailhead, which is the portal for a network of trails including 451.2 (Coal Mesa), 451 and 452. Horse corrals and bins are located at the campground.

Directions from Gunnison: Drive 26 miles west on Highway 50 from Gunnison. Turn on to State Road 92 and drive .5 miles to Forest Road 721. Turn right on to 721 and drive 7.25 miles to Forest Road 824. Turn right on to 824 and travel .5 miles to Soap Creek Campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Late May through September .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Facilities include horse corra

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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Small campground, and plan on the cost being $12 and not $8. Sites are close together.
Conditions: good
Water Availability: no

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking West Elk Wilderness Area
ICON Camping Soap Creek Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Soap Creek
ICON Hiking & Walking West Elk Wilderness Area
ICON Horseback Riding West Elk Wilderness Area

Related Activities
Coal Mesa Trail - The trail climbs from Soap Creek to West Elk Creek. It follows a ridge for a distance with excellent views.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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