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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Mancos-Dolores Ranger District

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Transfer Campground

Elevation: 8,500 Feet (2649.6 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 12
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

This four-acre campground has 12 sites in a small aspen grove northeast of Mancos. Some sites and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. The campsites have good shade, but most get midday sun. Several can accommodate medium sized RV's. The campground sits at an elevation of 8,500 feet. The area is mostly level. There are some horse camping sites.

Directions from Mancos, Colorado: Travel 1/4 mile north on Highway 184, then turn right on West Mancos Road (Forest Road 561) and travel10.5 miles to the campground. Most of the road is unpaved but has a good gravel surface.

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, single unit Call for Current Fee

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open for the season. Located 11 miles north of Mancos on Forest Rd. 561. This is a barrier-free facility with 12 sites. Also has a multi-sectioned corral and adjacent to Group picnic area. Reservations for group area can be made by calling (970) 882-2294. Water. Fee per night is $10. Updated: 2004-05-13 07:56:00.0

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Filed By: Hunt Magee, Jeff Jasmin & Tom Kimler (Phoenix, AZ)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great escape from the heat of the onsetting Phoenix summer! Very quiet and snow-covered mountains were beautiful! Once you get there I would recommend lunch at the campgorund on your grill or fire pit. It takes a while to get back down the dirt/ gravel road to town. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL WITH LOTS OF GREAT HIKES!!!
Conditions: Beautiful conditions during first week of May! Snow covered mountains had the streams full with run-off but posed no hazard. Aspens were just starting to bloom. I would imagine it is beautiful right now ( late May)
Water Availability: We were only there for one night but there is no water available. Closest store is 12 miles down the mountain to town.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: 6-13-01 Great Campground- Un-crowded mid week. West Mancos Trail to Golconda and Chicken Creek Trail connecting back to Rim Trail were fine hikes. Not too long and not too difficult but still very good exercise. Very scenic, very serene. Saw no other hikers! Would recommend highly.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON RV Camping RV's up to 26 feet.
ICON Camping Transfer Campground
ICON Hiking & Walking Forest Service Trail #'s 565 and 617. Easy to more difficult trails. Some of Big Al Trail is Barrier-Free.
ICON Mountain Climbing Easier to more difficult peaks. Hesperus, Centennial and Sharkstooth.
ICON ATV Riding Starts outside of campground.
ICON Motorcycle Riding Starts outside of campground.

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Kennebec Pass-Junction Creek Road Trail - This is a popular mountain bike loop near Durango which starting at Mayday, makes for a difficult workout. Alternatively, one can begin at Kennebec Pass which makes a long downhill run with most of the route on gravel road.

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Visitor Information:

Dolores Public Lands Office, 29211 Hwy 184 , Dolores, CO, 81323, Phone: 970-882-7296, Fax: 970-882-6841, TTY: 970-882-6842


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