Palisades Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Campgrounds still open between September and May have no services (water, electric, trash pick up or rest rooms). Please keep them clean and pack it out. Thanks!

Campgrounds still open between September and May have no services (water, electric, trash pick up or rest rooms). Please keep them clean and pack it out. Thanks!

This campground is only for people camping with livestock. A one-way loop offers pull-throughs and back-in units at 12 campsites. Each site has either a hitching rack or four-unit stall with feed manger. In addition to potable water for campers, there is a water tank for livestock. Grazing is not allowed in the campground, so bring adequate weed-free feed for your livestock.

To check availability and reserve specific sites please check Palisades at
www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Pagosa Springs

General Information

Directions:

The Palisades Horse Camp is located north of U.S. Highway 160 on Piedra Rd. (CR 600) at the end of Williams Creek Road just past the Cimarrona Campground on FSR 640.

Palisades Campground area map.


General Notes:

The campground has 8 single sites and 4 double sites that have both pull-through and back-in units. Each unit has camp/tent and use pads with wheelchair accessible tables and fire ring. Each campsite has either a hitching rack or a four-unit stall with feed manger. There is potable drinking water and water for livestock in tanks. The campground has vault toilets.

Attractions & Considerations

A trail connects the horse camp to Williams Creek Trail (587). Trailhead elevation is 8,360 feet. Campground is very close to Williams Creek. After the water at the horse camp is winterized, horses can be watered in this creek. There is a parking area at the trailhead that accommodates 14 horse trailers and 20 standard passenger vehicles. Hitching posts, unloading platforms and restroom are provided.

The horse camp was developed as an alternative to nearby dispersed camping which did significant damage to the surrounding meadows and streamside wetlands. Camping will be 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.

The camping closure area within the upper Williams Creek area will extend from the Forest Service RV dump station at 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.


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Status description: Horse camp only
Reservation required?: Y

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
37.5415

  Longitude : 
-107.1992

 



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