Erickson Springs Campground- Paonia RD

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Erickson Springs Campground is in a dense spruce and fir forest setting near Anthracite Creek and receives little sunlight so it is cooler than much of the surrounding area. Each site has a tent pad and can accommodate smaller camping trailers, a picnic table and combination fire ring/grill. There is a picnic area prior to the campground with 2 tables and a restroom and a separate ATV parking area near the campground.  The Dark Canyon Trailhead is just past the campground and accesses the Dark Canyon Trail #830.  The parking area accommodates horse trailers for equestrian access into the Raggeds Wilderness Area. OHV/ATV users ride the nearby Forest Road #795 (Munsey Creek Road) that extends north from Erickson Springs Campground to the Raggeds Trailhead, Raggeds Trail #820.  Campground Brochure

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Treated water. No water as of 10/1/16.
Reservations: No Reservations. First-Come, First-Serve Camping.
Fees $14.00 per night per camping unit; $4.00 per day for Picnic or Day Use in campground; $6.00 per vehicle Overflow Parking; $6.00 firewood bundle; $5.00 per bag Trash disposal non registered guests.
Open Season: Mid May
Usage: Medium
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: ATV use in the Campground is not allowed
Closest Towns: Paonia, CO
Water: Treated Water.
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Passes: America the Beautiful Senior & Access Passes
Operated By: Concessionaire

General Information


From Paonia, travel northeast on Highway 133 for approximately 15 miles to County Road 12, Kebler Pass Road. Turn onto CR 12 and continue east for approximately 6 miles to the intersection with the Erickson Springs Campground Road, just after crossing the bridge. This road is for Erickson Springs Recreation Area that includes the Campground, Picnic Site and the Dark Canyon Trailhead.

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Reservation Info No Reservations
Size Restrictions Max Spur length 35'
No. of Sites 18

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Reservation Info No Reservations
No. of Sites 18 single sites


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