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Old Timers Campground

Elevation: 7,900 Feet (2462.6 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 11
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Old Timers Campground sits on the east shore of Vallecito Reservoir, at an elevation of 7,900 feet. Eleven well-shaded sites provide a cool, intimate setting on a gentle, grassy hillside near the water, with an adjacent gravel boat ramp. This is a very popular area during the peak summer season, and sites fill quickly.

Directions from Bayfield, Colorado: From Highway 160, follow County Road 501 north 16 miles until you reach the turnoff to the Vallecito Dam area. Old Timers Campground is on Forest Road 603, 1 1/2 miles from the dam, on the east shore of Vallecito Reservoir.

Seasonal Information:
Closed for 2003: . through . .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Tables, fireplaces (firewood a

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed until further notice, due to damage from Missionary Ridge fire. Updated: 2004-03-01 15:27:00.0

Ranger TipClosed until further notice, due to damage from Missionary Ridge fire.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boating Gravel boat ramp is located adjacent to campsites with day use parking available.
ICON Trailer Camping Limited trailer space and parking
ICON Camping Old Timers Campground
ICON Cross-country Skiing Seasonal, when snow permits.
ICON Cold Water Fishing Vallecito Reservoir and Creek
ICON Hiking & Walking Easy to more difficult trails. Some access the Weminuche Wilderness.
ICON Picnicking
ICON Viewing Scenery Beautiful view of the lake and mountains with grassy shoreline

Related Activities
Graham Creek Campground - About two miles north of Old Timers Campground is Graham Creek Campground, with 25 sites and a rough, natural-surface boat ramp. The hillside sites are about 100 yards from the high-water line, and offer a choice of sun or shade.

Middle Mountain Campground - Middle Mountain Campground is on the east shore just across the Pine River from Pine Point Campground. Middle Mountain Campground offers 24 sites with southern exposure and easy access to the water of Vallecito Reservoir.

North Canyon Campground - North Canyon Campground is open only during the peak midsummer season, and is 0.5 mile north of Graham Creek Campground. Although the 21 sites are several long, level ones suitable for large RVs.

Pine Point Campground - The Pine Point Campground is 1/2 mile north of North Canyon Campground, at the upper end of the lake. The campground offers good views of the high, often snowcapped peaks to the northwest.

Pine River Campground - Pine River Campground and Trailhead are located four miles beyond Middle Mountain Campground. This area is often used as a temporary base camp and parking area for hikers and backpackers.

Vallecito Reservoir - The lake is a very popular fishing spot with anglers going after German brown trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, kokanee salmon and northern pike.

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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