BIG MEADOWS DEL NORTE, CO

Big Meadows is located in the San Juan Mountains in south-central Colorado, about 11 miles west of South Fork. The campground is lightly wooded with spruce trees, creating a beautiful meadow atmosphere. The Rio Grande National Forest spans 1.86 million acres in south-central Colorado...
Status: Open through Sun Sep 14 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • Electric hookups are not available
  • This campground has first-come, first-served sites
  • A fee will be charged for additional vehicles
  • The 14 day stay limit is strictly enforced. Camping for a period longer than 14 days during any 30-consecutive day period is prohibited. If you have booked back-to-back reservations, you will be asked to cancel all days after the first 14.
  • Click here for more information on the Rio Grande National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

Big Meadows is located in the San Juan Mountains in south-central Colorado, about 11 miles west of South Fork. The campground is lightly wooded with spruce trees, creating a beautiful meadow atmosphere.

The Rio Grande National Forest spans 1.86 million acres in south-central Colorado. The Continental Divide runs for 236 miles along most of the forest's western border, presenting a myriad of ecosystems from alpine desert to dense wilderness.

Natural Features:

The campground meanders up a mountainside above Big Meadows Reservoir in a series of loops. As a sub-alpine region, the campground gets more rainfall than the opposite side of the lake, resulting in plentiful wildflowers and aspens surrounding the campsites.

Recreation:

An accessible fishing pier, located on the north shore of the reservoir, allows anglers to cast for rainbow, brown and brook trout. Hunting, boating and hiking are also popular pastimes.

Hikers and horseback riders will enjoy the 6-mile Archuleta Trail. The trail accesses the Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado's largest wilderness, which boasts the headwaters of dozens of major streams and rivers that feed into the Rio Grande and San Juan rivers.

Facilities:

Each site has a campfire ring and picnic tables. Drinking water is available.

The nearest dump station is 13 miles away, and a boat ramp is located on the north shore of the reservoir.

Nearby Attractions:

The surrounding area has plenty to keep visitors busy, with attractions like Great Sand Dunes National Park, Native American ruins, remnants of the Spanish Conquistadors and gold rush ghost towns. The Sangre de Cristo and San Juan Ranges are laced with trails for avid hikers.

Booking Window

GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Sat Sep 06 2014 - Wed Sep 02 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

RV NONELECTRIC

Sat Sep 06 2014 - Mon Mar 02 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Sat Sep 06 2014 - Mon Mar 02 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Walk In Tue Sep 02 2014 Sun Sep 14 2014
Peak Fri May 22 2015 Mon Aug 31 2015
Walk In Tue Sep 01 2015 Mon Sep 21 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Host
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Pit Toilets
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Amphitheater
  • Bait Shop
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fuel Available
  • Pay Phone
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Walk In Season
Sep 02 2014 -
Sep 14 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $18.00-$36.00
RV NONELECTRIC $18.00-$36.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $65.00
Peak Season
May 22 2015 -
Aug 31 2015
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $18.00-$36.00
RV NONELECTRIC $18.00-$36.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $65.00
Walk In Season
Sep 01 2015 -
Sep 21 2015
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $18.00-$36.00
RV NONELECTRIC $18.00-$36.00
GROUP STANDARD NONELECTRIC $65.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.53806, -106.79611
37°32'17"N, 106°47'46"W

From South Fork, Colorado, take Highway 160 for 13 miles west, turn onto Forest Road 410 SW, and go 1.8 miles to Big Meadows Campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

BIG MEADOWS DEL NORTE
DIVIDE RD 13308 W. HIGHWAY 160
DEL NORTE  CO  81132

Phone Number:

Information:  (719)657-3321