Area Status: Closed
The Chris Park Group Campground, 1 mile south of Haviland Lake on Forest Rd. 166, has three group campsites offered through advance reservation only. Two groupsites accommodate 75 campers each. A third group site, which can accommodate up to 150 people, has a pavillion, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, electricity and RV access. The park is flat and open, partly shaded. Day hikers enjoy the nearby trailhead for the Rico-to-Rockwood Wagon Road, which was used in the late 1800s before the railroad opened.
At a Glance
This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777)
Two of the group sites accommodate 75 campers each. A third group site has a pavillion, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, electricity, and RV access.
Mostly flat and open, partly shaded by a few large ponderosa pines.
Water, trash pickup, vault toilets.
Attractions & Considerations
The Rico-to-Rockwood wagon road, which passed through Chris Park in the late 1800s, was in use for 6 years until the railway opened. A historical marker near the entrance tells the story.
Related Activities: Hiking, Cycling, Horseback Riding
Graysill Trail - This trail is a quick and easy way out of Cascade Canyon. The main attraction of this trail is to get to the Rico-Silverton Trail instead of going all the way to the end of Cascade Creek.
Rico-Silverton Trail - This trail ascends two high mountain passes, affording excellent views and good opportunities for photography.
Salt Creek Trail - The trail switchbacks down through meadows and aspen glades. The bottom of the trail is a bit rougher and steeper, so watch your step.
Other nearby trails are suitable for mountain biking. For road cyclists, Highway 550 has wide shoulders, scenic views, and some challenging climbs.
A commercial stable next to the entrance road offers horseback rides.
The Chris Park Group Campground, 19 miles north of Durango and a mile south of Haviland Lake Campground on Forest Rd. 166, is available through advance reservation only at www.recreation.gov
Area map of Chris Park Campground.