Lower Piedra Campground

Area Status: Open
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The Lower Piedra Campground is just north of U.S. Highway 160 on the west side of the Piedra River, about 18 miles east of Bayfield and 25 miles west of Pagosa Springs. It is about a half mile up Forest Rd. 621 on the west side of the river (not to be confused with the First Fork Road [Forest Rd. 622] on the east side of the river). The campground offers 17 large, level sites with plenty of shade. Fishing opportunities are available.

NOTICE: Dispersed camping is not allowed within 100 yards of either side of Forest Road 621 leading to the Lower Piedra Campground (from the cattle guard to the camp-ground boundary).

At a Glance

Open Season: Memorial Day
Usage: Light
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: No
Operated By: Concessionaire

General Information

Directions:

Directions from Pagosa Springs, Colorado: Travel west on U.S. Hwy 160 25.0 miles, then turn north on Forest Development Road #621 (Behind Chimney Rock Store) for 1.0 mile.

The Lower Piedra Campground is just north of U.S. Highway 160 on the west side of the Piedra River, about 18 miles east of Bayfield and 25 miles west of Pagosa Springs. It is about a half mile up Forest Rd. 621 on the west side of the river (not to be confused with the First Fork Road [Forest Rd. 622] on the east side of the river).

Lower Piedra Campground area map.


General Notes:

The Lower Piedra Campground is located on the west bank of the Piedra River. The campground offers 17 large, level sites with plenty of shade. The river is heavily fished, but good catches are still possible. Drinking water is not available at the campground.

Dispersed camping is not allowed in the area next to the Lower Piedra Campground within 100 yards of both sides of Forest Road 621 leading to the campground (from the cattle guard to the campground boundary).

Attractions & Considerations

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area is nearby. To visit Chimney Rock, head four miles south on Colorado Highway 151 to the entrance road for the Visitor Center on your right. Guided tours are offered in summer by the nonprofit Chimney Rock Interpretive Association. The lower tour is easy to negotiate as it follows a barrier-free interpretive trail to Ancestral Puebloan sites. The mountaintop part of the tour heads steeply uphill to a Chacoan-style Great House site. Tours are offered from May 15 - Sept. 30. Call 970-883-5359


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  Latitude : 
37.2429
  Longitude : 
-107.343
  Elevation : 
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