Target Tree Campground

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Target Tree Campground is seven miles east of Mancos on the north side of Highway 160. Its namesake refers to the Ute Indians use of the area to harvest sap and bark of ponderosa pines as food supplements. They also used trees for target practice. Scarred trees remain; a short trail leads to one, and historical markers explain their usage.

The campground is known for a variety of birds; a sign lists species found in the vicinity. Its 25 sites on a south-facing hillside overlook Thompson Park; 17 are barrier-free. Most large and pull-thru sites require mechanical leveling of RVs. Many sites are shady, but can be hot on sunny days. Five campsites accommodate horse users.The campground also offers one group campsite that will hold up to 25 people, or up to 5 horse trailers. For information on how to reserve this site in advance, please contact the Dolores Public Lands Office at (970) 882-6800. The Narrow Gauge Trail begins in the lower parking lot and leads uphill about 1/2 mile to an old railroad grade.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Concessionaire

General Information

Directions:

Directions from Mancos, Colorado: Travel 7 miles east on U.S. Hwy 160 where you will find the campground just off the highway.

Target Tree Campground area map.


General Notes:

Picnic tables, composting vault toilets, fire grates, trash disposal, potable water. Adjacent picnic area.

No electricity, dump station, firewood, or showers.

Operated by concessionaire.

Attractions & Considerations

This campground's name refers to the Ute Indians' use of the area to harvest sap and bark of ponderosa pines as food supplements. They also used trees for target practice. Scarred trees remain; a short trail leads to one, and historical markers explain their usage.

The campground is known for a variety of birds; a sign lists species that can be seen in the vicinity. Its 25 sites on a south-facing hillside overlook Thompson Park; 17 with barrier-free access. Most large and pull-through sites require mechanical leveling of RVs.

Many sites are shady, but can be hot on sunny days. There are 10 picnic sites.

The Narrow Gauge Trail begins near campsite 37 and leads uphill 3.4 miles to an old railroad grade.


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  Latitude : 
37.3409
  Longitude : 
-108.1873
  Elevation : 
7800