Elk Creek Campground

Area Status: Open
22.6 miles west of Antonito on highway 17

Elk Creek Campground is for day use and overnight use. Firewood is not provided. There are 31 campsites (6 are pull-through) with tables and fireplaces, 3 vault type toilets, drinking water (3 hand pumps) and refuse receptacles for your convenience. Camping sites 29 through 42 are located in the overflow loop (no picnic tables or fireplaces). The campground is composed of three loops, including overflow camping. All other sites are side-by-side pull-through with no tables and seven grills. It is lightly wooded with spruce and some ponderosa pines. The understory is grass with some sites located next to Elk Creek. The campground is convenient to the South San Juan Wilderness. There is public access to the Conejos River and Elk Creek. Elk Creek Trail 731, Duck Lake 732 and Posos Trail 732 can be accessed from here. Consider a day trip on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad (steam) which offers a 64-mile journey through abandoned mining towns. One access to the train is in Antonito, CO, online Cumbres-Toltec Scenic Railroad or call (719) 376-5483 for more information.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
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: www.recreation.gov  for reservations or call toll free 877-444-6777. Direct link for reservations.
Fees: Single site - $29 to $33/night
Special site - $34 to $38/night
$12 for day use (picnicking).
Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
Open Season: Memorial Day weekend - The second Monday of September.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Antonito, Colorado
Water: Yes
Restroom: Toilet (3)
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Campground host site is #25. 
Please be aware there is private property in the vicinity. 

General Information

Directions: From Antonito, CO, take US 285 south 0.3 miles to Hwy 17. Continue straight on Hwy 17 and go 22.6 miles to campground sign. Turn right onto dirt road and go 0.1 miles to a "T" intersection. Turn left , go 0.4 miles to a "Y" intersection. Bear right and turn into campground

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 26 single site(s), 4 double site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

RV Camping

Some sites can accommodated units up to 45'

Status: Open

River and Stream Fishing

Elk Creek
Fish Species Browns \& Rainbow Trout
Water Temperature cold
Fishing Method Flies, lures \& bait where allowed
Water/Flow Level seasonal

Day Hiking

# 731 Elk Creek Trail \& #732 Duck Lake Trail, both lead into South San Juan Wilderness
Elevation desc #731-8,800' at trail head, to 11,750' trail end at Dipping Lakes, # 732-8,900 to 10,040 end at Duck Lake
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


Viewing Wildlife

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

Viewing Plants


Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Scenery

Highway 17 is a secenic byway, Los Caminos Antiguos. Spectacular views along Forest road 250 of the Conejos Canyon and River.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Scenic Driving

Highway 17 is part of Los Caminos Antiquos scenic byway. FR 250 Conejos Canyon
Size Restrictions Easy
Corrals Easy

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

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