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!
As we mentioned, we ended up camp hosting in a semi-remote National Forest, the San Juans in southern Colorado, this past summer. It was a ton of hard work, it was amazing in its beauty, and we got pretty good at the whole thing.
I don't really listen to the groundhog. Summer is on the way! It's been a while since I've checked in but we've been super busy with work and getting ready for Patrick's CDT Thru Hike and my move to Bridge Campground for hosting this summer. I am really looking forward to this, however, I have a real nostalgia for Ute Campground.
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