Kroeger Campground is located in beautiful La Plata Canyon, with 10 campsites shaded by a mixture of spruce, fir, aspen, and cottonwood. One site has a double table and large parking area. Another is suitable for a long RV; most sites do not accommodate larger RVs. There is one pull-thru. Please do not trespass on the private property adjacent to the campground.
Services include include water, fire grates, picnic tables, and vault toilets and a host on site. There is no trash pickup; trash must be packed out. Bear-safe food storage is mandatory.
Camping is allowed only in developed campgrounds and designated dispersed camping areas. Campfires are allowed only in the metal fire grates provided for your use.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Check out our Campground Status for up-to-date information.|
|Reservations:||All sites are first-come, first-serve.|
|Open Season:||May - September|
|Closest Towns:||Hesperus, Durango|
|Restroom:||Vault Toilet (1)|
|Information Center:||Columbine Ranger District|
General InformationGeneral Notes:
- Fishing: Some fish in the nearby La Plata River , but success rates are only fair.
- Scenic Driving: The road continues up the canyon for 8 miles to the Kennebec Pass Scenic Overlook parking lot at 11,600 feet. The last few miles are 4WD, and the last 2 miles have steep dropoffs. Your reward will be outstanding panoramic views of the La Plata Mountains and surrounding distant ranges.
- Hiking: Several trails, including the Colorado Trail, traverse the backcountry from Kennebec pass.
- Taylor Lake: Short, easy hike to a lovely high alpine lake along wildflower-filled hillsides.
- Highline Loop National Recreational Trail: The trail travels 17.0 miles through mountain parks, aspen groves, and spruce/fir forest, and along alpine ridge tops above timberline. This high-elevation trail is somewhat difficult to follow but affords excellent views of Hermosa Creek.
- Mountain Biking: Hardy mountain bikers can ride the Colorado Trail from Kennebec Pass to the trail's southern terminus at Junction Creek, near Durango. This epic ride is mostly downhill and all singletrack. An even more challenging version favored by some intrepid local cyclists is to ride from Durango up Hwy. 160 to the La Plata Canyon turnoff at County Road 124, to Mayday (where the pavement ends), then up to Kennebec Pass and down the Colorado Trail to Durango, making a loop ride (and a long day).
From Durango, CO: Travel 12 miles west on U.S. Highway 160. Turn north on County Rd. 124, La Plata Canyon Road, at Hesperus. The campground is located 5 miles up County Rd 124. The small town of Hesperus has a convenience store/gas station and a post office, as well as a restaurant.
The paved road turns to gravel at the National Forest boundary. Access to campgrounds is by 2WD gravel road, but, soon thereafter, the road becomes 4WD.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information