Mix Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed

10,000-foot elevation. 22 campsites near Mix Lake. Convenient to the Conejos River, the San Juan Wilderness, Platoro Reservoir, and other nearby ponds and lakes. Numerous trailheads in the area. Mix Lake Campground is one mile west of Platoro in the Conejos River drainage. This is a good access point for the South San Juan Wilderness. Mix Lake, Platoro Reservoir, Conejos River, Lily Pond and Kerr Lake can all be accessed for fishing. Trail accesses include Lake Fork Trail 716 and Sawmill Gulch Trail. One can also visit the historic town of Platoro and the Mix Lake overlook is on-site. The campground has 22 sites with tables and fireplaces. 3 vault type toilets, refuse receptacles and pickup, ample parking with convenient trailer spaces and drinking water are provided

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed on September 8, 2023
Rentals & Guides: The nearby resort community of Platoro also offers boat and canoe rentals, trail rides, cook's night, there are outfitter-guides, cabins and a store.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets
Fees: Single site - $26 to $30/night.
$12 for day use (picnicking).
Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
Permit Info: 22 sites - 5 are pull through sites/ $19.00 - overnight
Usage: Light
Restrictions: There is private land in the area, secure permission before entering.
Closest Towns: Antonito - Near Platoro
Water: Yes
Restroom: Toilet (3)
Operated By: Concessionaire

General Information


Directions from Monte Vista, Colorado: Take Colorado Highway 17 south 12.0 miles. Take the Twelve Mile Road 12.0 miles west to the forest boundary where it becomes the Alamosa-Conejos River Road #250. Follow #250 17.0 miles up the Alamosa River and over Stunner Pass to Mix Lake.

Directions from Antonito, Colorado: Take Colorado Highway 17 west 23.0 miles to the Alamosa-Conejos River Road #250 at Elk Creek. Follow #250 23 miles up the Conejos River to Mix Lake.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 22 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

RV Camping

Some sites can accommodate units up to 40' in length

Status: Open

Lake and Pond Fishing

Mix Lake \& Platora Reservoir
Fish Species Browns \& Rainbow trout
Water Temperature cold
Fishing Method flies, lures and bait where allowed
Water/Flow Level seasonal
Difficulty Level: Easy


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


Picnic tables-no trash service or water
Difficulty Level: Easy

Scenic Driving

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

Boating - Motorized

Platoro Reservoir
Type of Craft motorized
Water/Flow Level seasonal

Boating - Non-Motorized

Mix Lake
Type of Craft non-motorized
Water/Flow Level seasonal
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

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