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North Canyon Campground

Elevation: 7,900 Feet (2462.6 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 21
Reservation Remarks: 21 units; 26' maximum trailer length
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

North Canyon Campground is open only during the peak midsummer season, and is 1/2 mile north of Graham Creek Campground. The area is a bit more open than Graham Creek and has large ponderosa pines scattered throughout. Willows separate the campground from Vallecito Reservoir, underbrush separates campsites for privacy and paths provide access to the water.

Directions from Bayfield, Colorado: Travel 14 miles north on County Road 501. Take a right on Forest Road 603 for 4 miles to the campground entrance.

Seasonal Information:
Closed for 2003: . through . .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Water, trash pickup, tables, f

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 Other Watercraft Boat rentals available at Vallecito Reservoir
ICON Boat Launching Public boat launch on east shore
ICON RV Camping Some sites are level, suitable and convenient for large RVs (26' maximum)
ICON Tent Camping
ICON Camping North Canyon Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Brown, Northern Pike
ICON Hiking & Walking Roads and trails around Vallecito Reservoir
ICON Horseback Riding Stables nearby
ICON Big Game Hunting In season
ICON Resort Lodging Resorts located around Vallecito Reservoir
ICON Recreation Cabin Use Cabins for rent around Vallecito Reservoir
ICON Canoeing Vallecito Reservoir
ICON Viewing Scenery Beautiful location

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.

North Canyon Trail - The trail takes you through ponderosa pine and aspen forests. A scenic overlook of Vallecito Reservoir is available on a side trail along the way.

Old Timers Campground - Old Timers Campground sits on the east shore of Vallecito Reservoir. Eleven well-shaded sites provide a cool, intimate setting on a gentle hillside near the water, with an adjacent gravel boat ramp.

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
Frequently Asked Questions
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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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