Thistledown Campground - Ouray RD

Area Status: Open
Photo of typical campsite.

Thistledown Campground is adjacent to the historic site of Thistledown and the Weehawken Trailhead in Canyon Creek near Ouray, CO. This campground is heavily used by people planning to hike into Mount Sneffels & other nearby trails, enjoying the wildflowers in Yankee Boy Basin or driving on the local jeep trails. Tent camping is recommended.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open while roads are accessible.
Reservations: No Reservations. First-Come, First-Serve Camping. $10 per night per camping unit
Open Season: Late May - Late fall
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Ouray, CO.
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:  Campers are required to store food and other items in a hard sided vehicle or camping unit constructed of solid non pliable material. Click here for more information.

General Information


Travel south on Colorado State Highway 550 from Ouray, CO. Turn right (west) at end of town on County Road 361 (Canyon Creek Road). Turn left at campground sign.

General Notes:

There are hiking and OHV trails nearby.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 9 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None


Related Information

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Recreation Activities


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8,739 feet