Big Meadows Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Located near the south shore of  Big Meadows Reservoir. Big Meadows Reservoir is 600 acres and is a no-wake lake. The reservoir also has a handicapped-accessible fishing pier. Big Meadows is 1 1/2 miles west of U.S. Highway 160, 11.6 miles west of South Fork. The campground meanders up a mountainside above Big Meadows Reservoir in a series of loops. This area looks very different now due to the removal of dead and dying trees, a result of the spruce beetle. Shade is very limited.  The boat ramp and Archuleta Trail are co-located across the reservoir from the campground.HIKING: Cascade Falls Trail (foot) - 0.25 miles, Archuleta Trail #839 (horse and foot) - 6 miles accesses the Weminuche WildernessFISHING : Rainbow, Brown and Brook Trout" Fishing (for stocked fish), hunting, and boating at the reservoir. WILL CLOSE AFTER LABOR DAY ON 9/9/2015FOR THE WINTER MONTHS

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground is OPEN
Reservations: Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance but they must be made at least four days prior to your arrival date. Go online to for reservations, or toll free 877-444-6777
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $20/Night for single unit, $40/Night for double unit This is a fee campground. Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance. Reservations and payment made through or call 877-444-6777
Permit Info: 46 sites - 7 are pull thru sites/ $20.00 - overnight, $40.00 overnight for double sites, camp host site # 43
Open Season: Memorial weekend
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: June, July, August, Sept.
Busiest Season: July
Restrictions: On Big Meadows Reservoir, boats allowed, no wakes, trolling motors OK, boat ramp north shore. 14 day camping limit in Campground. Must have a Colorado Fishing License to fish the reservoir and streams.
Closest Towns: South Fork, CO
Water: Yes
Restroom: yes
Operated By: This campground is part of the NRRS. There are 34 sites that can be reserved. Reserve these units by

General Information


Directions from Del Norte, Colorado: Travel 27.5 miles west on U.S. Highway 160 to Forest Road # 410. Take FR # 410 west for 1.4 miles to "Y" intersection (Forest Rd. 410). Bear left onto Rd. 410 and go 0.4 miles into campground.

Directions from South Fork, Colorado: Travel west on U.S. Highway 160 8.0 miles to Forest Road # 410. Take FR # 410 west for 1.4 miles to "Y" intersection (Forest Rd. 410). Bear left onto Rd. 410 and go 0.4 miles into campground.

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46 sites

Reservation InfoThis site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at\&parkId=70537\&topTabIndex=CampingSpot
No. of Sites47 single site(s), 7 double site(s)
No. of Accessible sites3 of 54


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Boat ramp
Picnic tables
Tent camping
Drinking water Will be available later in the summer