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Junction Creek Campground

Elevation: 7,300 Feet (2275.6 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 34
Reservation Remarks: Sites C-10 and C-14 handicapped accessible.
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Junction Creek Campground is a good base camp for Durango activities. The campground is on a south-facing hillside a small distance above Junction Creek. Three loops on 38 acres contain 34 sites. Many are level and well shaded by ponderosa pines. All sites are back-ins. Most can handle long RVs. Tables at two sites in the C Loop can accommodate wheelchairs.

Directions from Durango: Travel to North Main and turn on 25th street (across the street from the La Plata County Fairgrounds) which is 4.0 miles from the Forest boundary. Continue 1.5 miles to campground entrance.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: May through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: Starting September 15th, 2003 campground will be closed for construction.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee CLOSED

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed to the spring of 2005 for constuction. Updated: 2004-07-28 10:22:00.0

Ranger TipClosed starting Sept. 15 through Spring 2005 for construction.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON RV Camping
ICON Trailer Camping
ICON Tent Camping
ICON Camping Junction Creek Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Junction Creek is about 0.25 mile below the A Loop. Skilled fishermen may have good luck near the campground, but chances improve upstream.
ICON Hiking & Walking Colorado Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Junction Creek Road (Forest Development Road 171)
ICON Viewing Scenery

Related Activities
Animas Overlook Interpretive Site - A leisurely walk will take you along an interpretive trail to nine information signs, with topics including history, geology, wildlife, archaeology, ecology, and forest management.

Animas Overlook Trail - The self-guided interpretive loop trail points out geology, history, flora and fauna as it goes through ponderosa pine and Gambel oaks and offers spectacular views. The trail offers overlooks with great views of the Animas Valley and Needles Mountains.

Kennebec Pass Scenic Drive - Kennebec Pass ends at almost 12,000 feet. The last 3 miles are 4 WD only, but the walk to the top is well worth the view.

Kennebec Pass-Junction Creek Road Trail - This is a popular mountain bike loop near Durango which starting at Mayday, makes for a difficult workout. Alternatively, one can begin at Kennebec Pass which makes a long downhill run with most of the route on gravel road.

Sliderock Trail - The Sliderock Trail is a small portion of the Colorado Trail. This trail offers excellent views and photographic opportunities, especially on Kennebec Pass.

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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