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Sig Creek Campground

Elevation: 9,400 Feet (2930.2 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 9
Reservation Remarks: 9 units
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Much of the gravel road leading to Sig Creek Campground follows the route of the Pinkerton Trail and Scotch Creek Toll Road, which ran between Rico and Animas Valley in the late 1800s. The route was abandoned in 1891 when the Rio Grande Southern Railroad reached Rico.

Nine sites on four acres sit on a south-facing hillside about 0.25 mile from the East Fork of Hermosa Creek. Even at 9,400 feet, it can get warm here on sunny summer days, since most sites have limited shade. Purgatory Ski Area is nearby.

Potato, Little Molas, and Andrews Lakes offer fishing near U.S. Highway 550. Fishing opportunities are also available at Sig Creek and Hermosa Creek. Mountain biking routes include Hermosa Park Road, Forest Road 578, and other nearby trails. Winter activities include cross-country skiing at Molas Pass.

Directions from Durango, Colorado: Travel north 25 miles on U.S. Highway 550, then turn left on Forest Road 578 and drive 8 miles.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Late May through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: Open after Labor Day to mid May with no services or water available. Toilet and gate will remain open. No fees. ) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Water, trash pickup, and vault

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open. No host. Water. Cost per campsite $8.00. Use fee tube for payment. Updated: 2004-07-28 10:30:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Tent Camping South-facing; limited shade
ICON RV Camping South-facing; limited shade
ICON Camping Sig Creek Campground
ICON Cross-country Skiing Molas Pass
ICON Cold Water Fishing Sig Creek, Hermosa Creek and near U.S. Highway 550
ICON Mountain Biking Hermosa Park Road, Forest Road 578, and other nearby trails
ICON Snowmobiling Molas Pass
ICON Viewing Scenery

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.

Hermosa Creek Trail - Renowned among mountain bikers, this trail offers a lengthy trip back to Hermosa, mostly paralleling the creek, with great side hikes and loop trips. This trail is also used by hikers, horses, motorcycles and ATVs.

Old Lime Creek Road Scenic Drive - If you have time and a sturdy vehicle, the Old Lime Creek Road (Forest Road 591) is a scenic alternate route that rejoins U.S. Highway 550 after 12 miles.

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.

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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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