You will not find a more beautiful spot to camp than in the San Juan Mountains in SW Colorado. Bridge Campground is situated at an elevation of around 8,000 feet. The developed sites (no electric or water) all have access to Williams Creek waterfront.
The campground is a bit deceptive as you drive in as it is difficult to see just how big the sites are and how much privacy most of the sites provide.
The area has several of the NFS Campgrounds on the same road. Bridge is the first on the road up to Williams Reservoir heading north. The views are breathtaking. There is plenty of wildlife - as a matter of fact, a few marmots have entertained campers for years as they scamper up and down the rocks on the other side of the creek. In the spring, the trees take on an ornamented appearance as migrating birds show their full colors. There are eagle, hawks, and osprey that live and hunt along the waterway.
Many of the Bridge campers come to make use of the extensive trail system. Hiking trails are well maintained and the easier ones are very popular. You can connect up to the entire Continental Divide Trail which runs from Mexico to Canada. There are ample routes available for off-road vehicles such as ATVs and dirt bikes.
We love the Pagosa Springs and Durango area and highly recommend Bridge - or any of the other Forest Service campgrounds!
This is one of our favorite places and we make at least a short stop at Riverside (Caballo Lake State Park). It lies just below the Caballo Dam along the Rio Grande - it is not listed separately from Caballo Lake State Park, however, it is a bit further down the road.
This campground offers green grass, a low number of goathead thorns (always an issue in this area of the country), and the ability to boondock along the river without giving up things like showers and electricity.
The campground has a nice variety of hook up sites, either back in or pull through, tent or boondocking sites, and a rally site for larger groups. There are two bath/shower houses. The park is open year round.
The photo was one taken just south of our campsite early in the morning. Lovely to site this family of deer!
Well, I gotta tell you, it's hard to argue with spending the summer in southern Colorado! Even though we were far out of range of all of the internet, all of the television, all of the cell phone ranges (well, sometimes a bird would flyover....) we had a fine time. So here we are and Jaco's chillaxin right next to the Rio Grand. This is the lovely Riverside area of the Caballo Dam Campgrounds, part of Caballo Lake State Park. There was a Chilli Challenge going on so we were forced to boondock and it was quite nice!
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