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CAMPGROUND NAME: Big Creek

VISIT DATE: 07/14/1999

UPDATE DATE: 7/28/2014

STATE: Colorado

REGION: Rocky Mountain

RANGER DISTRICT: Grand Valley

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Collbran

RESERVATIONS: No

DIRECTIONS:
In Collbran, CO, at "Access Grand Mesa" sign, take 58 « Rd. south
1.9 miles to "T" intersection.  Turn left, staying on 58 « Rd.
(which becomes 59 Rd.), and go 5.8 miles to Forest Rt. 521. 
Continue straight on Rt. 521 (gravel) and go 6.6 miles to
campground sign.  Turn right at sign and go 0.4 miles to
campground

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 10,000 ft.

The campground is located next to Big Creek Reservoir with some
sites overlooking the reservoir.  Englemann spruce provide shade
for most of the sites while others are located in wild flower-
studded open meadow areas.

This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques.  The
mosquitos are plentiful; bring repellent.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: No

Seasonal Comment:
Open July 1 through September 15

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $14 per day
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 3
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 23
   
   Total Sites: 26

Tent Pads: No
Open Sites: Yes
Wooded Sites: Yes
Equestrian Camping: No

No. Tables on Sites: 26
No. Grilles on Sites: 0

RV INFORMATION
Hookups: None
No. RV Pull Throughs: 7
Waste Station: No
Average Parking Apron Size: 14' X 33'

Comments:
The parking aprons are grass and gravel.

FACILITIES
Vaults: Yes
Flush Toilets: No
Hot Showers: No
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No

Public Phone: No
Playground: No
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1
  No. Threaded: 0

Comments:
The water spigot is a hand pump.

WATER SPORTS
Lake: Yes
Swimming (provided): No
Sailing: No
Boat Ramp: Yes
Boat Carry Down Access: Yes
Power Boating: Yes
Boating (no power): Yes
Water Skiing: No
Rafting (whitewater): No
Kayaking (whitewater): No

Comments:
Big Creek Reservoir is 65 acres.

HIKING - No

FISHING   
Cutthroat trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Cobbett Lake VISIT DATE: 07/16/1999 UPDATE DATE: 7/28/2014 STATE: Colorado REGION: Rocky Mountain RANGER DISTRICT: Grand Valley NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Cedaredge RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: From Cedaredge, CO, take State Rt. 65 north 15.7 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 10,300 ft. The campground is located along the shore of Cobbett Lake with sites nestled in thick grove of spruce trees. The campground is convenient to several of the Grand Mesa's 500 lakes, a Forest Service Visitor Center and the Gag Crest trailhead. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. This is also mosquito country; bring lots of repellent. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open June 13 through September 15. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $16 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 18 Total Sites: 18 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes Equestrian Camping: No No. Tables on Sites: 18 No. Grilles on Sites: 18 RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 5 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 14' X 42' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. The interior road is narrow with some tight turns. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 4 No. Threaded: 4 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: No Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Cobbett Lake is 5 acres. HIKING - No FISHING Rainbow, Brook and Cutthroat trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Cottonwood VISIT DATE: 07/14/1999 UPDATE DATE: 7/28/2014 STATE: Colorado REGION: Rocky Mountain RANGER DISTRICT: Grand Valley NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Collbran RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Collbran, CO, at "Access Grand Mesa" sign, take 58 « Rd. south 1.9 miles to "T" intersection. Turn left, staying on 58 « Rd. (which becomes 59 Rd.), and go 5.8 miles to Forest Rt. 521. Continue straight on Rt. 521 (gravel) and go 4.4 miles to campground sign (Forest Rt. 257). Turn right onto Rt. 257 and go 5 miles to another campground sign. Turn left at sign and go 0.2 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 10,000 ft. The campground is composed of three small loops near Cottonwood Lake among spruce trees and an understory of colorful wild flowers. A few sites have a view of the lake. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open from June 24 through September 15 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $14 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 9 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 27 Total Sites: 36 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes Equestrian Camping: No No. Tables on Sites: 36 No. Grilles on Sites: 36 RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 8 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 14' X 42' Comments: The parking aprons are dirt with a narrow interior road. The pull throughs are small and tight. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 6 No. Threaded: 5 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Cottonwood Lake is 96 acres. The boat ramp is 0.3 miles beyond campground on Forest Rt. 257. HIKING Lilly Lake Trail #509 - 0.8 miles Lake of the Wood #506 - 5.3 miles Cottonwood Trail #712 - 2 miles All trails are foot, horse and mountain bike FISHING Rainbow and Splake (hybrid) trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Crag Crest VISIT DATE: 07/14/1999 UPDATE DATE: 7/28/2014 STATE: Colorado REGION: Rocky Mountain RANGER DISTRICT: Grand Valley NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Collbran RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Collbran, CO, at "Access Grand Mesa" sign, take 58 « Rd. south 1.9 miles to "T" intersection. Turn left, staying on 58 « Rd. (which becomes 59 Rd.), and go 5.8 miles to Forest Rt. 521. Continue straight on Rt. 521 (gravel) and go 12.5 miles to campground sign. Turn right into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 10,100 ft. The campground is located above Eggleston Lake on a mountainside thick with Spruce trees. A few sites overlook the lake. Sites 5 and 6 are tent only - no turn around. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. The mosquitos are plentiful; bring repellent. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open June 24 through September 26 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $12 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 3 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 8 Total Sites: 11 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes Equestrian Camping: No No. Tables on Sites: 11 No. Grilles on Sites: 11 RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 1 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 12.5' X 27' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. Spur for sites 5 and 6 has no turn around. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump. WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Eggleston Lake is 130 acres. The boat ramp is located 0.4 miles west of campground off Forest Rt. 121. HIKING Crag Crest National Recreation Trail #711 (foot and horse) - 10.3 miles Accesses a network of trails. FISHING Brook, Rainbow and Cutthroat trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Island Lake VISIT DATE: 07/16/1999 UPDATE DATE: 7/28/2014 STATE: Colorado REGION: Rocky Mountain RANGER DISTRICT: Grand Valley NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Cedaredge RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Cedaredge, CO, take State Rt. 65 north 15.7 miles to campground sign (Forest Rt. 116). Turn left at sign onto Rt. 116 (gravel) and go 1.4 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 10,300 ft. This campground is one of the few in Grand Mesa National Forest not located on a lake. Most of the sites are nestled in a thick grove of mature spruce. A few sites have a panoramic vista of the Grand Valley and several of the lakes below. The 144-acre Island Lake is located 0.1 miles east of the campground on Forest Rt. 116. Firewood is available for a fee. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. Mosquitos are plentiful; bring lots of repellent. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open June 30 through September 8. RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $18 per day $6 per day additional for electric hookup Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 NOTE: Golden Age/Access Passport discount does not apply to electric hookup surcharge. CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 39 Total Sites: 39 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes Equestrian Camping: No No. Tables on Sites: 39 No. Grilles on Sites: 39 RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 3 No. RV Pull Throughs: 5 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 14' X 43' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 4 No. Threaded: 4 WATER SPORTS - None Comments: The 144-acre Island Lake is 0.1 miles from campground. HIKING Granby Trail #115 (4WD and ATV) - 6 miles FISHING - No Comments: Available at the nearby Island Lake are Rainbow, Brook, Brown and Cutthroat trout.

CAMPGROUND NAME: Jumbo VISIT DATE: 07/17/1999 UPDATE DATE: 7/28/2014 STATE: Colorado REGION: Rocky Mountain RANGER DISTRICT: Grand Valley NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Mesa RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation DIRECTIONS: DIRECTIONS: From Mesa, CO, take State Rt. 65 south 12.8 miles to campground sign. Turn right into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 9,800 ft. The campground is located between Jumbo and Sunset Lakes among mature spruce and Aspen trees. The hilly terrain provides privacy for closely spaced sites and a challenge to drivers. Most sites have views of the lakes and are within easy walking distance. The nearby Mesa Lakes Ranger Station was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1941 and provides information to campers. There are lodges close by that provide for a cook's night out. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. The mosquitos are plentiful; bring repellent. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open from June 24 through September 26 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $18 per day $6 per day additional for electric hookup NOTE: Golden Age/Access Passport discount does not apply to electric hookup surcharge. Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 5 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 21 Total Sites: 26 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes Equestrian Camping: No No. Tables on Sites: 26 No. Grilles on Sites: 26 RV INFORMATION No. Full Hookups (includes waste): 0 No. Water Only: 0 No. Water and Electric Only: 0 No. Electric Only: 21 No. RV Pull Throughs: 1 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 17' X 35' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. Sites 25 and 26 are on a dead end with no turn-around. The interior road is a narrow, tree-lined road making it difficult for large RVs to maneuver. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 5 No. Threaded: 5 Comments: Hot showers are available, for a fee, at the nearby Mesa Lakes Lodge. WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: No Power Boating: No Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Jumbo Lake is 5 acres and Sunset Lake is 10 acres. Motors are not permitted on either lake. HIKING West Bench Trail #501 (foot, horse & mountain bike) - 3 miles FISHING Brown, Brook and Rainbow trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Little Bear VISIT DATE: 07/16/1999 UPDATE DATE: 7/28/2014 STATE: Colorado REGION: Rocky Mountain RANGER DISTRICT: Grand Valley NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Cedaredge RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Cedaredge, CO, take State Rt. 65 north 15.7 miles to campground sign (Forest Rt. 116). Turn left at sign onto Rt. 116 (gravel) and go 0.8 miles to another campground sign. Turn right just before sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 10,200 ft. The campground is composed of two loops along the shore of Island Lake with some sites along the shore of the lake. It is heavily wooded with spruce trees. There is a wheelchair friendly area with a fish cleaning station adjacent to the Island Lake Boat Ramp. The campground is convenient to several of the Mesa's 500 lakes, the visitor center and Crag Crest Trailhead. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. Firewood is available for a fee and bring plenty of mosquito repellent. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open June 24 through September 26 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $16 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 4 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 31 Total Sites: 35 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes Equestrian Camping: No No. Tables on Sites: 35 No. Grilles on Sites: 35 RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 10 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 10' X 49' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: Yes Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 5 No. Threaded: 5 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Island Lake is 144 acres. Boat ramp is 0.5 miles from campground on Forest Rt. 116. HIKING - No FISHING Brook, Brown, Rainbow and Cutthroat trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Spruce Grove VISIT DATE: 07/17/1999 UPDATE DATE: 7/28/2014 STATE: Colorado REGION: Rocky Mountain RANGER DISTRICT: Grand Valley NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Mesa RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Mesa, CO, take State Rt. 65 south 13.2 miles to campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 9,900 ft. The campground is a large loop in a thick grove of spruce trees. Most sites are pull-throughs that can accommodate large RVs. A convenient day trip is to Lands End Observatory, south of campground on Forest Rt. 100. A nearby lodge offers a cook's night out. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. Mosquitos are plentiful; bring repellent. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open June 24 through September 26 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $12 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 30 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 15 Total Sites: 15 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes Equestrian Camping: No No. Tables on Sites: 15 No. Grilles on Sites: 15 RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 10 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 16' X 48' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. The interior road is narrow. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 5 No. Threaded: 4 Comments: Showers are available at the nearby Mesa Lakes Lodge - fee is $3. WATER SPORTS - None HIKING - No FISHING - No

CAMPGROUND NAME: Ward Lake VISIT DATE: 07/16/1999 UPDATE DATE: 7/28/2014 STATE: Colorado REGION: Rocky Mountain RANGER DISTRICT: Grand Valley NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Cedaredge RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: From Cedaredge, CO, take State Rt. 65 north 15.6 miles to Forest Rt. 121 and camping symbol sign. Turn right onto Rt. 121 and go 0.5 miles to campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 10,200 ft. The campground meanders along the shores of Ward Lake among spruce trees. Some campsites are on the shore while others overlook the lake. Still others are tucked back and away from the Lake. Shoreline sites are mostly open and on an unmarked spur while remaining sites are shaded and more secluded. The campground is convenient to several of Grand Mesa's 500 lakes. Firewood is available for a fee. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. This is also mosquito country; bring lots of repellent. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open June 17 through September 26 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $16 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 0 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 40 Total Sites: 40 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: Yes Wooded Sites: Yes Equestrian Camping: No No. Tables on Sites: 40 No. Grilles on Sites: 40 RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 12 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 17' X 39' Comments: The parking aprons are gravel. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 7 No. Threaded: 4 WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: No Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: No Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Ward Lake is 74 acres. HIKING - No FISHING Rainbow, Brook, Brown and Cutthroat trout

CAMPGROUND NAME: Weir & Johnson VISIT DATE: 07/14/1999 UPDATE DATE: 7/28/2014 STATE: Colorado REGION: Rocky Mountain RANGER DISTRICT: Grand Valley NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Collbran RESERVATIONS: No DIRECTIONS: In Collbran, CO, at "Access Grand Mesa" sign, take 58 « Rd. south 1.9 miles to "T" intersection. Turn left, staying on 58 « Rd. (which becomes 59 Rd.), and go 5.8 miles to Forest Rt. 521. Continue straight on Rt. 521 (gravel) and go 7.2 miles to campground sign (Forest Rt. 126). Turn left at sign onto Rt. 126 and go 2.8 miles to campground. GENERAL COMMENTS: The elevation is 10,500 ft. The campground is a single loop located between the Weir & Johnson and Sackett Reservoirs. The trees are primarily Englemann spruce. Some sites overlook one or the other reservoir. This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques. The mosquitos are plentiful; bring repellent. SEASONS Open Seasonal: Yes Open All Year: No Seasonal Comment: Open July 1 through September 15 RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED Rate: $14 per day Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 16 CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION No. RV Sites: 0 No. Tent Sites: 8 No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 4 Total Sites: 12 Tent Pads: No Open Sites: No Wooded Sites: Yes Equestrian Camping: No No. Tables on Sites: 12 No. Grilles on Sites: 12 RV INFORMATION Hookups: None No. RV Pull Throughs: 0 Waste Station: No Average Parking Apron Size: 18' X 33' Comments: The parking aprons are dirt. FACILITIES Vaults: Yes Flush Toilets: No Hot Showers: No Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: No Public Phone: No Playground: No No. Water Spigots (non-site): 1 No. Threaded: 0 Comments: The water spigot is a hand pump. WATER SPORTS Lake: Yes Swimming (provided): No Sailing: No Boat Ramp: Yes Boat Carry Down Access: Yes Power Boating: Yes Boating (no power): Yes Water Skiing: No Rafting (whitewater): No Kayaking (whitewater): No Comments: Weir & Johnson Reservoir is 31 acres and the Sackett Reservoir is 5 acres. HIKING Leon Lake Trail #717 (foot, horse, mountain bike) - 1.8 miles FISHING Rainbow and Cutthroat trout




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