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Mogote Campground Overview

Location: Mogote Campground is situated within the Rio Grande National Forest in Colorado, United States. The nearest town is Antonito, Colorado.

Natural Features: The campground is located in a stunning forest setting along the Conejos River. It's surrounded by mixed conifers and aspen groves, providing ample shade and scenic beauty. The elevation is approximately 8,500 feet, offering cooler temperatures during the hot summer months.

Recreation: The Conejos River offers excellent opportunities for fly fishing, with brown and rainbow trout being the primary catch. Hiking and mountain biking are also popular activities, with several trails accessible from the area. Wildlife viewing is another attraction, with the forest home to elk, deer, and various bird species.

Facilities and Amenities

Campsites: The campground offers several sites suited for tent camping, RVs, and trailers. Not all of the sites provide hookups, so it's essential to check specifics when booking.

Facilities: Basic amenities include vault toilets and potable water. Each campsite typically features a picnic table, fire ring, and a grill. There are no electric hookups, dump stations, or shower facilities available.

Access and Reservations

Access: Access to the campground can vary depending on the season, as snow and weather conditions can make the roads impassable. Generally, access is via local roads off of State Highway 17.

Reservations: Reservations can be made for Mogote Campground online through the National Recreation Reservation Service (Recreation.gov) or by phone. Some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, but it's advisable to book in advance, especially during peak season.

Seasonal Information

Operating Season: The campground is typically open from May through September, with peak season occurring during the summer months. It's necessary to check the current operating status before planning a trip, as it can vary based on weather conditions and forest service management.

Things to Consider

  • Altitude Awareness: Given the elevation, visitors should be mindful of altitude sickness and take necessary precautions.
  • Bear Safety: As in all wild areas, there's a possibility of bear activity. Proper food storage and awareness of wildlife are essential.
  • Leave No Trace: Campers should practice Leave No Trace principles to maintain the natural beauty of the campground and surrounding areas.
  • Pets: If you're planning on bringing a pet, make sure to check the campground's rules regarding animals.
  • Weather Preparedness: Mountain weather can be unpredictable, so bringing gear for various conditions, even during the summer, is wise.

For the most current and detailed information, it's best to contact the Rio Grande National Forest office or check the official website before visiting Mogote Campground.

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