Area Status: Open
Campgrounds still open between September and May have no services (water, electric, trash pick up or rest rooms). Please keep them clean and pack it out. Thanks!
Snowslide Campground is 6 miles up the canyon from U.S. Highway 160 and adjacent to the LaPlata River with entrances on both sides of the road. Its 13 sites are well shaded. The maximum RV size is 35 feet. There is no potable water, but you can get water from Kroeger Campground. There is no trash pickup; trash must be packed out.
At a Glance
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La Plata Canyon is very popular in the summer. From Durango, go 12 miles west on U.S. Highway 160. Turn north on County Rd. 124 at Hesperus (which has a convenenience store/gas station and a post office, as well as a restaurant) and go 5 miles. The paved road turns to gravel at the National Forest boundary. Access to campgrounds is by 2WD gravel road, but, soon thereafter, the road becomes rugged 4WD.
Snowslide Campground area map.
Snowslide Campground is 6 miles up the canyon from
U.S. Highway 160, with campground entrances on both
sides of the road. Its 13 sites are well shaded; some are close to the La Plata River. Nights are cool during the summer at this elevation.
A host is on site. There is no potable water, but you can get water from Kroeger Campground just 1 mile up the road. Toilets are available at the Miners Cabin and Madden Dispersed Camping Areas.
Trash must be packed out. Bear-safe food storage is mandatory.
Attractions & Considerations
Kennebec Pass, a few miles north on Forest Road 124 (4WD is needed), offers outstnding panoramic views of the La Plata Mountains and other, more distant ranges.
Hiking trails may be accessed near the pass, including the Colorado Trail. A short, level hike to Taylor Lake is an option. Another is the Highline Loop National Recreational Trail. The trail travels 17.0 miles through mountain parks, aspen groves, and spruce/fir forest, and along alpine ridge tops above timberline. This high-elevation trail is somewhat difficult to follow but affords excellent views of Hermosa Creek.
Hardy mountain bikers can ride the Colorado Trail from Kennebec Pass to the trail's southern terminus at Junction Creek, near Durango. This epic ride is mostly downhill and all singletrack. An even more challenging version favored by some intrepid local cyclists is to ride from Durango up Hwy. 160 to the La Plata Canyon turnoff at County Road 124, to Mayday (where the pavement ends), then up to Kennebec Pass and down the Colorado Trail to Durango, making a loop ride (and a long day).