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Location and Access

Lottis Creek Campground is nestled within the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests in Colorado. It is located about 27 miles north of Gunnison on the Taylor River Road.

Campground Features

The campground sits at an elevation of approximately 8,600 feet, offering cool temperatures in the summer. The surrounding area includes a mix of aspen, pine, and spruce trees, providing ample shade and a secluded atmosphere for campers.

Facilities and Amenities

Campsites: Lottis Creek Campground offers multiple sites that can accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. The campsites typically have a picnic table and fire ring.

Drinking Water: Potable water is available within the campground, but it is always a good idea to bring additional water or a water filtration system.

Restrooms: Vault toilets are available and are typically well maintained.

Trash Collection: There are services for garbage disposal, but campers are encouraged to practice 'Leave No Trace' principles and pack out what they pack in where possible.

Recreational Activities

  • Fishing: The Taylor River is renowned for trout fishing, which can be accessed easily from the campground.
  • Hiking and Biking: There are numerous trails in the vicinity for hiking and mountain biking, catering to various skill levels.
  • Water Activities: Besides fishing, water enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, and whitewater rafting on the Taylor River.
  • Wildlife Watching: The area is a habitat for a variety of wildlife, including deer, elk, and black bears, providing opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Reservations and Fees

Camping at Lottis Creek Campground typically requires a fee, and it's wise to check the current rates as they can change annually. Some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while others can be reserved in advance through a reservation system such as Recreation.gov.

Season and Weather

The campground is generally open from late spring through early fall but can vary based on snowmelt and weather conditions. It is important to check current conditions and campground status before planning your trip. Mountain weather can be unpredictable, and nights can be cold even in summer.

Regulations and Safety

  • Bear Safety: Proper food storage is crucial in bear country. Use bear boxes if available and never leave food unattended.
  • Fire Restrictions: Be aware of current fire conditions and restrictions. During dry periods, there may be bans on campfires.
  • Pets: If pets are allowed, they should be kept on a leash for their safety and the safety of wildlife.
  • Leave No Trace: Always aim to minimize your impact on the environment by following Leave No Trace principles.

Accessibility

Guests should verify the accessibility features of the campground if they require special accommodations, as terrain and facilities may vary across the campground.

Contact Information and Further Details

For the most current information and details about Lottis Creek Campground, it is recommended to contact the local ranger district or visit the official USDA Forest Service website for the GMUG National Forests.

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