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Overview of Chris Park Campground

Chris Park Campground, situated in the breathtaking San Juan National Forest in Colorado, offers a serene and picturesque outdoor experience for campers. It is strategically located near the town of Durango, which provides easy access to a range of outdoor activities and points of interest. The campground is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Campsite Details

The campground features a number of sites suitable for tents, trailers, and RVs. Each site typically provides:

  • A picnic table
  • A fire ring with grate
  • Tent pads
  • Access to vault toilets
  • Potable water spigots available in the campground

Electric hookups are not usually provided, so it is important to come prepared for a more rustic camping experience. Sites can often be reserved in advance, but some may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Activities and Amenities

  • Fishing: The nearby Haviland Lake is well-known for its trout fishing.
  • Hiking: There is an array of trails surrounding the campground, ranging from easy to challenging.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to a variety of wildlife, including elk, deer, and numerous bird species.
  • Boating: Non-motorized or electric motor boats can be used on Haviland Lake.
  • Mountain Biking and Horseback Riding: Some trails are open to these activities as well.

Campers can find basic amenities, such as firewood for sale, and they may have access to recycling bins but should be prepared to pack out all their trash.

Access and Local Attractions

The campground is relatively easy to reach by road. Local attractions include:

  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad: A historic train ride offering stunning views of the wilderness.
  • Historic Downtown Durango: Offers dining, shopping, and cultural experiences.
  • Mesa Verde National Park: A UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring ancient Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings.

Reservation and Fees

Reservations for campsites can typically be made through the National Recreation Reservation System or by calling their toll-free number. The fees for camping vary depending on the type of site and time of year. Visitors should check current pricing and availability prior to their trip.

Important Rules and Regulations

  • Fire Safety: Due to the risk of wildfires, campfires may be restricted during certain times of the year.
  • Wildlife Precautions: To avoid attracting bears and other wildlife, all food and scented items should be stored properly.
  • Leave No Trace: Visitors are encouraged to follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact on the environment.
  • Pets: are typically allowed but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.

Weather Considerations

The weather in the San Juan National Forest can be highly variable. Summer days can be warm while nights are cool. Thunderstorms are common in the afternoons. Winter conditions can be harsh, and the campground may be closed or have limited services during the off-season months.

Campers should check the latest weather forecasts and be prepared for changing conditions. It’s always recommended to bring layers of clothing and rain gear regardless of the season.

Contact Information

For the most current information, campers should contact the:

San Juan National Forest Supervisor's Office 15 Burnett Court Durango, CO 81301 Phone: (970) 247-4874

Alternatively, information can be often be found online through the U.S. Forest Service website or through local tourist information centers in the area. It's always best to check for any alerts or updates before planning your trip.

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