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

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Mcphee Group Site

Elevation: 7,400 Feet (2306.7 Meters)
Length of Stay: 30 Days
Reservation Contact: National Reservation System: 877-444-6777
Reservation Remarks: ENTIRE 2 UNITS UNDER RESERVATION SYS;SHOWERS BY ENTRANCE STATION RUN BY CONCESSIONAIRE;ELEC. HOOKUP;NO SEWER.
Reservation Status: Required


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General Description

McPhee Group Area has camping and picnicking sites, which are next to McPhee Campground. The 2 group unit (7 family units each) camping areas are available through the Reservation Center (reservations required). Volleyball posts, a ball field, and horseshoe pits are provided.

Campgrounds offer tables, grills, fire circles, trash disposal, drinking water, asphalt road and parking spurs. There is a trailer dump station.
On the south side of the reservoir, the Big Bend access point offers fishing and boat launching from Colorado Hwy. 184. The Dolores access site has fishing and barrier-free access from Colorado Hwy. 145. On the north side, you can fish at the Sage Hen launch site and at Dry Canyon.

All of these locations have toilets and parking areas. Dispersed camping is allowed at Sage Hen and Dry Canyon, but no camping is permitted at the Dolores and Big Bend sites. There are handicapped accessible sites.

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: Mid-May through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: Open, call 1-877-444-6777 for reservations.) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Group Call for Current Fee Four group sites; two on Natio



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open for the season. May be reserved through the Reservation Center @ 1-877-444-6777. Updated: 2004-05-13 07:50:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boating McPhee Reservoir
Yes
ICON Camping Trailers, RV's and tents
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing McPhee Reservoir
Yes
ICON Games & Play Yucca/Cactus volleyball, ball park, kids' play area
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Roads and trails around McPhee Reservoir
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery McPhee Reservoir
Yes



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

Mcphee Group Picnic Ground - McPhee Group Area has camping and picnicking sites, which are next to McPhee Campground. Volleyball posts, a ball field, and horseshoe pits are provided.

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 PiƱon 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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