Thistledown Campground - Ouray RD

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

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 Sneffles & other nearby trails, enjoying the wildflowers in Yankee Boy Basin or driving on the local jeep trails. Tent camping is recommended.

At a Glance

Reservations: No Reservations. First-Come, First-Serve Camping.
Open Season: Late May
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.

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8,739 feet


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!