Area Status: Closed
Williams Creek Campground, 23 miles north of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, offers both shaded and sunny campsites with some located creek-side. Visitors enjoy the area for its fishing, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding, and scenic opportunities. The campground is one mile from Williams Reservoir, a popular fishing and kayaking spot. There are several ATV and hiking trails approximately one to five miles beyond the campground.
This campground is situated among cedar, aspen and ponderosa pines and is often full on summer weekends. Some of the 67 sites are located on the banks of Williams Creek, which runs along the eastern edge of the campground; some have spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
The campground offers many single family sites, some with water and sewer hookups and many with views of the surrounding mountains. There are two double sites and one triple site, suitable for larger family gatherings. There are a few level pull-through and back-in sites appropriate for larger RVs. Vault toilets and drinking water are available. Firewood may be purchased from the camp host.
At a Glance
||Reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov
||Fees charged from approximately Memorial Day to Labor Day. These non-electric sites run from $20-$60 per night. Check www.recreation.gov for details.
||Memorial Day to Labor Day
||Vault Toilet (8)
||There are many fishing opportunities in the creek and in the nearby reservoir. A popular hike nearby is Piedra Falls, located a short distance from the campground. ATV enthusiasts enjoy Poison Park Road which is several miles from the campground, or traveling to East Fork Road to enjoy this four-wheel drive-only road to Silver Falls. Just a few miles north of Williams Creek Campground, is the Cimarrona Trail which begins across the road from its campground namesake. The Williams Creek Trail begins at the end of the Williams Creek Road, at the Palisades Horse Camp. Both run through the Weminuche Wilderness to connect with the Continental Divide Trail. In addition, the town of Pagosa Springs offers many festivals on the weekends and the hottest, deepest hot springs in the country.
From Pagosa Springs, turn north on Piedra Road (Forest Road 361.) Turn right at the intersection of FS 631 and FS 640, about 3 miles north of Bridge Campground. The entrance is approximately 1/2 mile from the junction
Williams Creek Campground area map.
Except for the few sites with water/sewer hookups, there is no dump available for RVs after you leave Pagosa Springs. Dispersed camping is not allowed within 300 yards of the campground.
Attractions & Considerations
Fishing near the campground is usually good in the late spring and fall, but only fair in summer. Williams Creek Reservoir is large and stocked with kokanee salmon and trout. The Colorado Division of Wildlife offers fishing access through the campground to the dam.
Motorized boating is allowed on Williams Creek Reservoir, but water skiing and sail surfboards are prohibited, because the reservoir is restricted to wake-free boating.
Although this end of the lake has no boat ramp, lightweight boats can be carried the short distance to the water. You’ll find a National Forest boat ramp 1/2 mile north of the ampground. Motorized boating is allowed on Williams Creek Reservoir, but water skiing and sail surfboards are prohibited, because the reservoir is restricted to wake-free boating.