East Fork Campground

Area Status: Open

The East Fork Campground is located on a ridge above the East Fork of the San Juan River. Nestled amongst the Ponderosa pines and Gambel oaks are 26 campsites containing 17 reservable sites and the remaining first-come, first-serve. A few sites offer level pull-throughs.  Although some sites look down to the river, the river is a long way down. Short, steep trails lead down to the river bank, offering plenty of fishing. At 7,700 ft., this campground can be warmer than many of the other campgrounds in the area.

Services include potable water, trash pickup, vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire grates.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Check out our Campground Status for up-to-date information.
Reservations: Reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777
Fees: $27
Open Season: 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 restrained. 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 = 35 ft
Closest Towns: Pagosa Springs, CO
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet (3)
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Pagosa Ranger District

General Information

General Notes:
  • OHV Riding: The East Fork Road parallels the river for several miles on its way to and beyond the Continental Divide. The road beyond the East Fork Road and Forest Road #684 junction is negotiable only by 4WD. The East Fork Road to Elwood Pass and Silver Falls is popular for 4WD and ATV use.
  • Hiking: Trailheads for the Coal Creek Trail and the Quartz Ridge Trail are at Sand Creek, two miles past the campground.
  • Fishing: There is plenty of fishing here and along the East Fork, upstream from the campground. East Fork Road parallels the river for several miles before entering private land.
  • Mountain Biking: Mountain bikers can ride to Silver Falls in the scenic East Fork Valley.


From Pagosa Springs, CO: Travel north on U.S. Hwy 160 for 9.75 miles, then turn east on Forest Development Road #667 for 0.75 mile.

East Fork Campground (This sketch map is not drawn to scale.)

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