Chris Park Group Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Photo of Haviland Lake.

The Chris Park Group Campground, one mile south of Haviland Lake on Forest Rd. 166, has three group campsites. Two group sites accommodate 75 campers each. A third group site accommodates up to 150 people, has a pavillion, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, electricity and RV access. The park is mostly flat and open, partly shaded by a few large ponderosa pines. 

Services at all three group sites include water, trash pickup, campfire rings, picnic tables, electrical hookups and restrooms.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Check out our Campground Status for up-to-date information.
Reservations: Advanced reservations are required. Reservations can be made at or call toll-free 877-444-6777; TDD 877-833-6777
Fees $100/night - $220/night
Open Season: Late May - September
  • Quiet time is typically between 10pm - 6am. Please be a good neighbor and limit use of generators to no more than one hour at a time.
  • Dogs must be leashed or otherwise physically retrained. Do not leave pets unattended.
  • Check-out time: 12:00 pm; Check-in time: 2:00 pm - if the site is empty, campers may come in anytime.
  • Standard single site occupancy is 8, but a single family with > 8 members is acceptable.
  • Equipment with wheels (RVs, campers, cars) must fit in the parking spur.  There is not any overflow parking available.
  • Max RV size = 50 ft
Closest Towns: Durango, Silverton
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Columbine Ranger District  

General Information

General Notes:
  • Haviland Lake, a short drive from the campground, offers excellent fishing and non-motorized boating opportunities. The lake is managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
  •  The Rico-to-Rockwood Wagon Road passed through Chris Park in the late 1800s and was in use for 6 years until the railway opened. Day hikers can enjoy the nearby trailhead. A historical marker near the entrance tells the story.
  • Hiking opportunities directly from the campground: Chris Park Trail System Map
  • Nearby trails are suitable for mountain biking.
  • For road cyclists, Highway 550 has wide shoulders, scenic views, and some challenging climbs.
  • A commercial stable next to the entrance road offers horseback rides.


From Durango, CO: Travel 19 miles north on Highway 550. Turn right on Haviland Lake Road. After about 0.3 miles, turn right on Chirs Park Road and follow for approximately 1 mile.

Area map of Chris Park Campground


Group site 3 is a barrier-free group camp area.

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