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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > San Juan National Forest > Columbine Ranger District

Quick Facts

Chris Park Group Site

Elevation: 8,000 Feet (2493.8 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 3
Reservation Contact: National Reservation System: 877-444-6777
Reservation Remarks: 3 group areas, operated by concessionaire.
Reservation Status: Required

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Chris Park Group Site Reservations

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General Description

Chris Park Group Campground has three sites which each accommodate 75 people but are available by reservation only, through the Reservation Center. The park is mostly flat and open, partly shaded by a few large ponderosa pines.

The Animas and Silverton wagon road passed through Chris Park in 1876 and was used for six years until the railway opened. An historical marker near the entrance to the campground explains the story.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Travel north on U.S. Highway 550 for 18 miles. Turn right on a Forest Road (sign on highway) for 1.0 mile. Turn right at marked intersection 2.0 miles. lefthand fork goes to Haviland Lake.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Late May through Early September (NOTE: Closed for the 2003 season due to construction.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Group Call for Current Fee $30.00 1-25; $40.00 26-50; $50

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open. Call Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 for Reservations after May 21st. Updated: 2004-07-28 10:14:00.0

Ranger TipBegins taking reservation May 25th.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON RV Camping Plenty of spaces
ICON Cross-country Skiing Trails nearby
ICON Cold Water Fishing Haviland Lake and Forebay Lake and Creek nearby
ICON Games & Play Baseball field in Group Area 2
ICON Horseback Riding Stable within 2 miles
ICON Wildflower Identification
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Elwood Pass historical marker near the entrance
ICON Mountain Biking

Related Activities
Graysill Trail - This trail provides a quick and easy way out of Cascade Canyon. The main attraction from this trail is to get to the Rico-Silverton Trail instead of going all the way to the end of Cascade Creek.

Haviland Lake - Haviland Lake Fishing site is a scenic area located about one mile off U.S. Highway 550. Fishing can be good and row boating is permissible.

Haviland Lake Campground - Haviland Lake Campground has scenic and convenient campsites a mile off of U.S. 550. With the Hermosa Cliffs in the background, morning views across the reservoir are memorable.

Rico-Silverton Trail - This trail ascends two high mountain passes, thus affording excellent views and good opportunities for photography.

Salt Creek Trail - The trail switchbacks down through meadows and aspen glades. The bottom of the trail is a bit rougher and steeper, so watch your step.

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

Links to other sites:
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com


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