Big Cimarron Campground - Ouray RD

Area Status: Open

Big Cimarron Campground stretches along the Big Cimarron River with sites shaded by a mix of Spruce and Cottonwood trees. There are 10 campsites with about half of the sites adjacent to the river. The campground is especially popular during hunting season. A horse corral across from the campground may be available if not being used by range permittees for ranching operation. There is no drinking water at this site, but water is available 2 miles south at the Silver Jack Campground. There are no close communities to get provisions so visitors need to bring everything they need. This is bear country. Please practice safe food storage techniques.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Some units closed for social distancing; no water.
Reservations:  No Reservations. First-Come, First-Serve Camping.
Fees: $12 per night per camping unit; $4 per day for day use/picnic if in a campsite; $10 per firewood bundle.
Open Season: June 1 - Sept. 14
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Cimarron, CO
Water: Yes - 1 mile south at Silver Jack Campground
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Concessionaire
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


From Montrose, CO drive east on U.S. Highway 50 to County Road 858 (Forest Access/Silver Jack Reservoir sign). Turn south on County Road 858 and travel 16 miles south to Big Cimarron Campground sign. Turn right into campground.

General Notes:

There are hiking and OHV trails nearby.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 10 single site(s), 2 double site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

RV Camping

Reservation Info Not reservable
Pavement Type for Parking No
Hookup - Water No
Hookup - Sewer No
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No

River and Stream Fishing


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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log cabin with red roof in meadow surrounded by aspens in leafing out in early spring

Silesca Ranger Station- one of several cabins you can reserve on our forest.

tent in woods

Just about all the shelter you need for a night in the backcountry!

fire in ring with RV in background

RV camping with many of the comforts of home!