The Ute Campground is 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs on U.S. Highway 160 and campground is on north side of the highway. Ute Campground has 26 campsites on a gentle, south-facing slope. Ponderosa pines give shade, but the area gets very warm in summer. The hillside above the campground offers excellent views of the pinnacles of Chimney Rock Archaeological Area.
At a Glance
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Directions from Pagosa Springs, CO: Travel west on U.S. Hwy 160 for 18.0 miles and campground is on north side of the highway.
The campground is on a gentle, south-facing slope just off the highway. Ponderosa pines provide shade, but the area gets warm on sunny summer days.
Attractions & Considerations
The hillside above the campground offers excellent views of the pinnacles of Chimney Rock Archaeological Area. 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.