There is fishing access to the Conejos River and Spectacle Lake. The lake is year round, with winter ice-fishing. Spectacle Lake Trail 730 begins 1/2 mile south on Forest Road 250. Ruybalid Trail 855 and Notch Trail 729 are also accessible. 2 sites have parking for two car groups. Both day and overnight use is permitted. The facility has 24 sites with tables and fireplaces (firewood is limited). 2 vault type toilets, refuse containers and pickup. There is a developed water system with 2 hand pumps. Most sites have a panoramic view of towering cliff walls. No boating is allowed on Spectacle Lake.
At a Glance
Campground will reopen Memorial weekend 2017
$17/Night for single unit. Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
24 sites - 13 are pull through sites / $ 17.00 - overnight, Camp houst site # 5.
Directions: From Antonito, CO, take US 285 south 0.3 miles to Hwy 17. Continue straight on Rd. 17 and go 21.9 miles to Platoro sign (Forest Rd. 250). At sign, turn right onto Rd. 250 (dirt) and go 6.3 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground.
some sites can accommodate units up to 40' in length
No. of Sites
24 single site(s)
No. of Accessible sites
River and Stream Fishing
Conejos River is a Gold Medal River. Please check Colorado Division of Wildlife regulations
Browns \& Rainbow Trout
Flies, lures \& bait where allowed
Lake and Pond Fishing
Browns \& Rainbow trout
flies, lures and bait where allowed
#855 Ruybalid and 4 miles north on forest road 250 to #724 Lower Southfork, 1/2 mile south to # 729 Notch trail, which leads to # 731 Elk Creek Trail and # 727 Valle Victoria trail that ends at Trail Lake and intersects with the Continental Divide Trail.
#855-8,800 to 11,200 at Ruybalid Lake, #724-8,950 to 11,400 at Blue Lake, #729 8,700 to 9,650 to intersection with #727-9,950 to 12,000 at CDT
Intermediate to Difficult
Spectacular views along Forest road 250 of the Conejos Canyon and River.
gravel and can be rough - Spectacle Lake
bear, deer, elk and birds
Spectacular scenery on forest road 250 including Conejos Canyon and River and Terrace Reservoir.