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

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Transfer Group Picnic Ground

Elevation: 8,500 Feet (2649.6 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 1
Reservation Contact: (970) 882-1435
Reservation Remarks: 1 site. Operated by concessionaire. Handicapped accessible.
Reservation Status: Required

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General Description

The group picnic area has five double tables, a large group area, a serving table, and cooking grills, as well as a large fire pit and amphitheater, ideal for evening storytelling. Smaller, free family picnic sites are also available. Group picnic sites may be reserved through the Reservation Center. The sites have good morning and evening shade, but most get midday sun. Several can accommodate medium-size RV's. The elevation is 8,500 feet, and the area is mostly level.

Directions from Mancos, Colorado: Travel 1/2 mile north on County Road 184, then turn right on Forest Road 561 for 10.5 miles.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Late May through Mid-November (NOTE: Transfer Campground is open with host on-site. Call (970) 882-2294 for reservations for group site.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Picnicking, Group Call for Current Fee $30 up to 30 people, $40 up to

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed. reservations can be made by calling (970)882-2294. Updated: 2004-04-22 14:58:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing Several of the Forest roads in the Mancos area are maintained during the winter for cross-country skiing.
ICON Cold Water Fishing Fishing is good in the West Mancos River, 0.75 mile down the Transfer Trail from the campground. Plan to take your time on this hike, because the trail is steep in places. It begins across the road from the campground entrance. 5.0 mile south to Jackson Gulch Reservoir
ICON Group Picnicking Transfer Group Picnic Ground
ICON Hiking & Walking A 0.5 mile barrier-free trail leads to dramatic canyon and alpine views. Many trailheads are nearby the picnic area.
ICON Mountain Biking A nearby trail is suitable for mountain bikes and ATVs.
ICON Scenic Driving Many of the unpaved roads in the Mancos area are suitable for Scenic Drives for passenger cars.
ICON Snowmobiling There are plowed parking areas for snowmobile access.
ICON Viewing Scenery

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More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

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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