South Mineral Campground is the last developed camping area along U.S. Highway 550 on the San Juan National Forest. Two miles west of Silverton, Forest Road 585 heads west along the creek. Overflow camping is permitted in several spots along the road, but there is no water or garbage pickup in these areas. Please pack out your trash.
The campground has 26 sites which are mostly level, at 9,800 feet. Some sites are handicapped-accessible. Several camping loops and well-spaced sites offer plenty of privacy. Spruce and fir give lots of shade, but there are some sunny sites. A few sites are along the creek, and some have large parking areas. Nearby peaks have cliffs of brilliant color-contrasting reds and grays. A waterfall on the creek just upstream from the campground adds to the attraction of the area.
There are a number of recreational activities in this area. For those in search of fishing opportunities, Clear Lake is a 3 mile hike north of the campground, while Ice Lake is a 3 mile hike west. Mineral Creek is another option. Four-wheel drive roads lead in all directions from Silverton. North of South Mineral Creek, routes lead west off U.S. Highway 550 to Ophir Pass and Black Bear Pass.
Directions from Silverton, Colorado: Travel west for 2 miles on U.S. Highway 550, then turn west on Forest Road 585 and go 4 miles to the campground entrance.
Normal Services Available:
Late May through Late September
(NOTE: Campground and dispersed camping in the area. Usable all year but the road is not plowed.)