Elk Creek Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is 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 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 throughs with no tables and only seven grilles. 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
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 $ 26/night for single unit. $31/night for full hook-up. $13 for day use (picnicing). Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
Permit Info: 34 sites - 6 are pull through sites / $ 22.00 - overnight, campground host site is # 25
Open Season: May 29th
Usage: Light
Restrictions: There is private property in the vicinity
Closest Towns: Antonito
Water: YES
Restroom: UNKNOWN Toilet (3)
Operated By: Concessionaire Conejos Peak Ranger District, 719-274-8971

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

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Highway 17 is part of Los Caminos Antiquos scenic byway. FR 250 Conejos Canyon
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