Williams Creek Campground
Williams Creek Campground offers both shaded and sunny campsites with some located creek-side. This campground is situated among cedar, aspen and ponderosa pines and is often full on summer weekends. Some of the 61 sites are located on the banks of Williams Creek, which runs along the eastern edge of the campground. It offers many single family sites, some double sites and some with water and sewer hookups and many with views of the surrounding mountains. There are 32 reservable sites and a few level pull-through and back-in sites appropriate for larger RVs.
Services include potable water, trash pickup, vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire grates.
Except for the few sites with water/sewer hookups, there is no dump available for RVs after you leave Pagosa Springs. Dispersed camping is not allowed within 300 yards of the campground.
Visitors enjoy the area for its fishing, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riding, and scenic opportunities. The campground is one mile from Williams Reservoir, a popular fishing and kayaking spot. There are several ATV and hiking trails approximately one to five miles beyond the campground.
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.|
Preminum (water/sewer): $35
|Open Season:||May - September|
|Busiest Season:||Memorial Day to Labor Day|
|Closest Towns:||Pagosa Springs, CO|
|Restroom:||Vault Toilet (8)|
|Information Center:||Pagosa Ranger District|
From Pagosa Springs, CO: Travel about 2.5 miles west on U.S. Highway 160. Turn right on Piedra Road (FS 600) and drive about 16 miles. Continue on FR 631 for 6.2 miles. Turn right onto Williams Creek Road (FR 640) and head about 1/2 mile to the campground entrance.
- Fishing: There are many fishing opportunities in the creek and in the nearby reservoir. Fishing near the campground is usually good in the late spring and fall, but only fair in summer. Williams Creek Reservoir is large and stocked with kokanee salmon and trout. Check with Colorado Parks and Wildlife for more information.
- Boating: Although this end of the lake has no boat ramp, lightweight boats can be carried the short distance to the water. You’ll find the Teal Boat Ramp 1/2 mile north of the campground. Motorized boating is allowed on Williams Creek Reservoir, but water skiing and sail surfboards are prohibited, because the reservoir is restricted to wake-free boating.
- Hiking: A popular hike nearby is Piedra Falls, located a short distance from the campground. Just a few miles north of the campground, is the Cimarrona Trail which begins across the road from its campground namesake. The Williams Creek Trail begins at the end of the Williams Creek Road, at the Palisades Horse Camp. Both run through the Weminuche Wilderness to connect with the Continental Divide Trail.
- OHV: ATV enthusiasts enjoy Poison Park Road which is several miles from the campground, or traveling to East Fork Road to enjoy this four-wheel drive-only road to Silver Falls.
- Town of Pagosa Springs offers many festivals on the weekends and the hottest, deepest hot springs in the country.
- NOTICE: The dispersed camping closure within the upper Williams Creek area extends from the intersection of FDR 640 and FDR 631 to the Williams Creek Trailhead. The closure will extend ¼ mile on either side of FDR 640. Camping is not allowed at trailheads. Previous dispersed camping did significant damage to the surrounding meadows and streamside wetlands. Camping is only allowed ONLY within developed campgrounds (Palisades, Williams Creek, Teal and Cimarrona) and at two dispersed campsites that will be designated with signs as open to camping.
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