Tucker Ponds Campground

Area Status: Closed
South west of South Fork off highway 160

This high-altitude campground (9,600 feet) is a single loop tucked into a grove of spruce trees adjoining an open grassy meadow. Many of the mature spruce trees within the campground have been killed by the Spruce Bark Beetle and were all removed during the spring of 2015.  Today the campground is way more open and sunny with open views of Fox Mountain.  The two Tucker Ponds are across the road from the entrance to the campground and offer a good family fishing experience. The 2 Tucker Ponds are about 10 acres each. Rainbow trout (stocked) are usually plentiful and fishermen can also fish in Pass Creek by hiking west of the campground.   Pass Creek can be fished with artificial flies and lures only and all cutthroat trout must be released immediately back into the creek (Rio Grande Cutthroat recovery area).  For hiking adventures, going on south of the campground you can drive forest road 390 to Campo Molino and then take forest road 388 to the Bonito Pass trail which takes you to the Continental Divide Trail.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Reservations: First come, first serve.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: Single site - $26 to $30/night.
Double site - $52 to $56/night.
Day use - $12/day (picnicking). 
Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
Open Season: Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day
Usage: Light
Best Season: June through August
Busiest Season: July
Restrictions: There is a 14-day camping limit. Visitors must have a valid Colorado fishing license to fish in Tucker Ponds and Pass Creek.
Closest Towns: South Fork, Colorado
Water: Potable Water, Hand Pump
Restroom: 2 Vault Toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Call 719-657-3321 for real-time conditions.
Double sites can accommodate up to 16 people.

General Information

Directions: In South Fork, CO, Hwy 160 west 13.5 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign onto Rd. 390 (gravel) and go 2.7 miles to another campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground.NOTE: Forest Rd. 390 is single-lane with turnouts.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

15 sites

Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None
Hours of Operation:
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Lake and Pond Fishing

Easy access to stocked fishing pond, accessible path \& docks
Fish Species Rainbow trout
Special Designations accessible
Fishing Mode accessible path \& docks
Water Temperature cold
Fishing Method flies, lures and bait where allowed
Water/Flow Level seasonal
Difficulty Level: Easy

River and Stream Fishing

Trout fishing in Pass Creek
Fish Species seasonal
Special Designations Flies, lures \& bait where allowed
Fishing Mode Brook Trout
Water Temperature Easy
Fishing Method bank
Water/Flow Level cold

Day Hiking



Easy access off forest road 390, just 2 milles of Hwy 160
Difficulty Level: Easy

Scenic Driving

Access to Hwy 160 and scenic drive over Wolf Creek Pass, Continental Divide \& Lobo Overlook
Pavement Type for Parking gravel
Vehicle Clearence good

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Cross country ski trail along forest road 340 - campground closed
Nearby Resorts Wolf Creek Ski area
Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Groomed snowmobile trails - campground closed
Difficulty Level: Intermediate


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Recreation Areas

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9700 - 9700