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South Mineral Campground

Elevation: 9,800 Feet (3054.9 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 26
Reservation Remarks: 26 units
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

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.

Seasonal Information:
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.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Normally has: Water, trash pi

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open. Host on site. Water. Cost per site $12.00. Updated: 2004-07-28 10:32:00.0

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Filed By: Stephen Hicks (Olathe, KS)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I had a campsite next to the stream. One of the most beautiful sites I have ever been to. Want to go back soon. The first evening I was there, I was sitting in front of the perfect campfire as darkness fell. Some one a few site over started playing a fiddle that could be heard throughout the valley we were in. It was a trip I'll never forget.
Conditions: Went the last week of July. Perfect weather, perfect conditions.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is it! No reservations required.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON RV Camping
ICON Tent Camping
ICON Camping South Mineral Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Clear Lake; Ice Lake; Mineral Creek
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Ophir Pass and Black Bear Pass
ICON Hiking & Walking Trails to Clear Lake; Ice Lake
ICON Mountain Biking Trails to Clear Lake; Ice Lake
ICON Viewing Scenery Nearby peaks; waterfall

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

More Information
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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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