Area Status: Closed
The East Fork Campground is 5 miles southwest of Treasure Falls (11 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs) about 3/4 mile off of U.S. Highway 160, on the East Fork Road (Forest Rd. 667). Its 26 campsites with a few level pull-thrus are shaded on a bench above the East Fork of the San Juan River. There are 17 reservable sites and 9 non-reservable sites. Short, steep trails lead to the river bank, and there’s plenty of fishing upstream, as well.
The East Fork Road parallels the river for several miles on its way to and beyond the Continental Divide (4WD required beyond its junction with Forest Rd. 684). Two miles past the campground are trailheads for the Coal Creek and Quartz Ridge trails. The East Fork Road to Elwood Pass and Silver Falls is popular for 4WD and ATV use.
At a Glance
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There are 26 sites. Water, trash pickup, and vault toilets. No showers. Operated by concessionaire. Host on site.
Ponderosa pine and Gambel oak provide ample shade on a ridge above the East Fork of the San Juan River. There are a few level pull-throughs. Short but steep trails lead to the river bank. Some sites look down to the river but it's a long way down.
Attractions & Considerations
At 7,700 ft., this campground can be warmer than many of the other campgrounds in the area.
There is plenty of fishing here and along the East Fork, upstream from the campground. East Fork Road parallels the river for several miles before entering private land.
Trailheads for the Coal Creek Trail and the Quartz Ridge Trail are at Sand Creek, two miles past the campground. Beyond its junction with Forest Road #684, the East Fork Road is negotiable only by 4WD. Four-wheelers and ATV users will enjoy the upper section, to Elwood Pass. Mountain bikers can ride to Silver Falls in the scenic East Fork Valley.
Directions from Pagosa Springs, Colorado: Travel north on U.S. Hwy 160 for 9.75 miles, then turn east on Forest Development Road #667 for 0.75 mile.
East Fork Campground area map.