Lake Fork Campground

Area Status: Open
17.5 miles north of highway 17 on Forest Rd 250

The campground has 18 sites among Aspen and mixed conifers, adjacent to the Conejos River. Gold Medal trout fishing (fly-fishing only) in the Conejos River. Hiking on numerous area trails. The campground sits among Aspen and mixed conifer trees, with some sites overlooking the river. It is convenient to several trails, the resort community of Platoro and Platoro Reservoir.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Planned closing date of September 24, 2023
Reservations: Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance, but they must be made at least four days prior to your intended arrival date. Use web site for reservations, or call toll free 877-444-6777
Rentals & Guides: There are outfitter-guides, cabins and a store available in Platoro.
Area Amenities: Accessible, Tent camping, Toilets
Fees: Single Site - $19 to $23/night.
$12 for day use (picnicking).
Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance. 
Open Season: Memorial Day weekend - The second Tuesday of September.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Antonito, Colorado  
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: This campground is located near the community of Platoro. A campground host is available from mid-May through Labor Day weekend. The host is located in site #7. There are 18 sites - 8 are pull through sites.Camp host may only be intermittently available.  

General Information

Directions: From Antonito, CO, take US 285 south 0.3 miles to Hwy 17. Continue straight on Hwy17 and go 21.9 miles to Platoro sign (Forest Rd. 250). Turn right at sign onto Rd. 250 (dirt) and go 17.5 miles to campground sign. Turn left into campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 15 single site(s), 3 double site(s)
Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at
No. of Accessible sites None

RV Camping

Some sites can accommodate units up to 45'

River and Stream Fishing

Fish Species Browns \& Rainbow Trout
Special Designations Conejos River
Water Temperature cold
Fishing Method Flies, lures \& bait where allowed
Water/Flow Level seasonal

Day Hiking

# 716 Lake Fork to Big Lake, # 721 Bear Lake to Bear Lake \& Trail # 720 to Conejos Peak and Blue Lake \& #719 Tobacco Lake Trails
Elevation desc #716-9,480 to 9,880, #720 8,950 to 13,172 at Blue Lake
Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Viewing Wildlife

Wildlife viewing
Species bear, deer, elk and birds
Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Plants


Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Scenery

Spectacular views along Forest road 250 of the Conejos Canyon and River.
Special Feature gravel and can be rough
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Scenic Driving

Spectacular scenery on forest road 250 including Conejos Canyon and River and Terrace Reservoir.
Vehicle Clearence gravel
Size Restrictions Intermediate
Corrals Intermediate


Tent camping:
Toilets: vault
Accessible: handicap

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