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Transfer Park Campground

Elevation: 8,600 Feet (2680.8 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 25
Reservation Contact: Local
Reservation Remarks: 25 UNITS; UNITS 1-10 RESERVED
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Transfer Park Campground, at 8,600 feet, is a mile up the road from Florida Campground. The campground is 11 acres and offers cool settings under mixed conifers and small aspens. Two loops have 25 sites with a mixture of shade and sun, and there are large open play areas. The upper loop is mostly level with several long sites. The lower loop is near the river and has two large sites, a few short pull-throughs, and several excellent tent spots. Sites on this loop can be reserved through the Reservation Center. This is a low use campground.

The history of Transfer Park can be traced back to the mining era. The Park was used for transferring ore and supplies between pack mules and wagons.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Travel 15 miles on County Road 240, then go 8 miles on County Road 243 to campground entrance.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Late May through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: Starting Sept. 5th campground host are no longer on duty and camping fees are deposited in fee tubes.Toilets will remain open. If sites have water and trash service they are full price. Otherwise they are half price.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Fireplaces (firewood available

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open. Host at Florida Campground. Water. Cost per campsite $10.00. Updated: 2004-07-28 10:34:00.0

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Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: If you are looking to get away from it all-this is the place. We were in Durango before going to this campground and spoke to several locals who had never heard of it! It is a drive to get there, but it is soooo worth it. Go past Lemon reservoir, take a spin through the Florida Campground and then go on to Transfer Park. It is next to the beautiful Florida River and it feels so secluded! If you walk through the open meadow, there is a flat spot to, bravely, stupidly, go for a dip in the frigid water(this is fun if you are 2, 5 or 7, like my children, or 40 like my husband!) We took the hiking trail that runs from the campground and ran into a young guy and his horses who were taking supplies to the mountains for the guy tending the sheep! He told us about the government hired hunter who had killed a bear the day before just over the ridge. It was interesting talking to someone who had lived in this beauty his entire life! It is quite a drive to get to town, so bring all supplies. We still did the Durango stuff-train, shopping, etc, but it was fun to be able to come back to this place!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON RV Camping Convenient spaces; 26' maximum
ICON Tent Camping lower loop has excellent tent sites
ICON Camping Transfer Park Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Lemon Reservoir , Lost Lake, and Florida River
ICON Hiking & Walking Roads and trails nearby; also Weminuche Wilderness
ICON Horseback Riding Horse unloading area
ICON Mountain Biking Transfer Park/Windy Gap route

Related Activities
Highline Loop National Recreation Trail - Several trails traverse the high country, including the Highline Loop National Recreational Trail. The trail travels 17.0 miles through mountain parks, aspen groves, and spruce/fir forest, and along alpine ridge tops above timberline.

Transfer Park Recreation Area - The Transfer Recreation Area includes a campground and picnic area.

Transfer Park/Windy Gap Bike Route - Spectacular views are provided near the campground entrance, so bring your camera. The aspens gradually fade and the forest is dominated by stands of spruce and fir as the route climbs 2000 feet over the first eight miles.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

Visitor Information:

Columbine Ranger District, 367 South Pearl Street, P.O. Box 439 , Bayfield, CO, 81122, Phone: 970-884-2512, Fax: 970-884-2428, TTY: 970-884-1433


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