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Sunshine Campground Overview

Location: Sunshine Campground is situated in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests in Colorado. The campgrounds are known for their beautiful settings and access to a range of outdoor activities.

Elevation: The specific elevation can vary within the national forest, but the campground is set at a high elevation, which typically means cooler temperatures, especially at night.

Camping Season: The campground is generally open from late spring to early fall. However, exact opening and closing dates may vary depending on the weather conditions and snow levels. It's important to check for current conditions and exact dates when planning a trip.

Campground Amenities and Facilities

Campsite Details: Sunshine Campground typically offers basic facilities including:

  • Tent pads
  • Fire rings
  • Picnic tables
  • Drinking water
  • Vault toilets

Capacity: The campground may have a limited number of campsites that can accommodate various lengths of stay. It's advised to make reservations in advance, particularly during peak camping seasons, to ensure availability.

RV Accessibility: There may be restrictions on the length of RVs and trailers due to the natural terrain and road conditions. It’s best to contact the Forest Service for the most current limitations if planning to bring an RV or trailer.

Nearby Activities: Popular activities include hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing, and during the winter season, snow sports like cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.

Reservation and Permits

Reservations: Campsite reservations can often be made at Recreation.gov or through the Forest Service. Some sites may be first-come, first-served, but reserving a spot is usually recommended.

Permits: Special permits may be required for certain activities, like cutting firewood or group events. Check with the local Ranger District for permit requirements.

Rules and Regulations

Food Storage: Bear-safe practices are a must in bear country. Proper food storage in bear-proof containers or vehicles is often required to prevent wildlife encounters.

Pets: Pets are typically allowed but must be kept on a leash at all times. Owners are expected to clean up after their pets.

Campfires: Campfires may be permitted in designated rings, but this can vary with fire danger levels. Always check current fire restrictions before lighting a campfire.

Quiet Hours: Quiet hours are usually enforced to ensure a peaceful environment for all campers. These are often between 10 PM and 6 AM.

Safety Considerations

Weather: Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions and cool temperatures due to the high elevation.

Wildlife: Store food properly and maintain a safe distance from wildlife. Always follow the guidance provided by the Forest Service to reduce the risk of wildlife conflicts.

Health Precautions: At higher elevations, visitors may experience altitude sickness. Stay hydrated and acclimatize appropriately.


For the most current and specific information regarding Sunshine Campground within the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, it's best to contact the local Forest Service office or visit official websites before planning your trip. Regulations, amenities, and access can change due to environmental impacts and management decisions.

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