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Mcphee Campground

Elevation: 7,400 Feet (2306.7 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 76
Reservation Contact: National Reservation System: 877-444-6777
Reservation Status: Accepted Reservations accepted for Pinyon Loop only, units 1-30.

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General Description

McPhee Recreation Complex, on the south side of McPhee Reservoir, has the most modern camping facilities on the forest. The complex has 76 sites on two loops and have paved access and parking. There are showers, flush toilets, a sanitary dumping station, grills, fire pits, drinking water, asphalt roads, campground hosts, and 16 sites with electric hookups. Two sites have tables and toilets which accommodate wheelchairs. Twelve sites are walk-ins with tent pads near scenic overlooks. Only Piñon Loop sites may be reserved through the Reservation Center.

Directions from Dolores, Colorado: Travel south on Highway 145 and west on Highway 184 for about 7 miles to County Road 25. Turn north off this road and into the McPhee Recreation area complex on Forest Road 271.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Memorial Day Weekend through Varies per season (NOTE: Call 1-877-444-6777 to reserve a space or go on-line at www.ReserveUSA.com) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Sites with electrical hookups

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open for season. Fee $12 per night. Electricity is $3 extra. 5 spaces have full hookups for $5 extra. Located on south shore of McPhee Reservoir. Follow the signs on Colorado Highway 145, seven miles west of Dolores. The campground is on a mesa overlooking the reservoir. Flush toilets, sanitary dumping station 16 sites with electrical hookups. Twelve sites are walk-in with tent pads near scenic overlooks. Showers. Boat ramp is open. Courtesy dock is in. Updated: 2004-05-13 07:50:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boating McPhee Reservoir
ICON Camping Trailers, RV's and tents
ICON Cold Water Fishing McPhee Reservoir
ICON Hiking & Walking Roads and trails around McPhee Reservoir
ICON Mountain Biking Roads and trails around McPhee Reservoir
ICON Viewing Scenery McPhee Reservoir

Related Activities
Mcphee Boat Launch - Six-lane concrete boat ramp, fish cleaning station, two courtesy boat docks, flush toilets, drinking water, Marina.

McPhee Reservior Recreation Area - McPhee Reservoir is the largest reservoir in the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests.

McPhee Reservoir Documentary Site - Even if you do not actually see individual animals, you will find the type of natural habitat where they can be found. Most species are best seen during very early morning hours or late afternoon and evening.

McPhee Trail - McPhee Trail runs from Piñon and Juniper Loops before reaching McPhee Overlook (0.5 mile). Splendid views of the lake and local sandstone cliff formations can be enjoyed all along its route.

McPhee/House Creek Bike Route - This mountain bike route follows paved and gravel roads with views of House Creek drainage.

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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