7.8 Good
Durango, Colorado

Haviland Lake, San Juan National Forest

Durango, Colorado

Durango, Colorado
Phone: (970) 247-4874

Sites: 43
Recent Rate: $28 6/2015

Latitude: 37.5313312842196
Longitude: -107.812240576477

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

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8 Reviews

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

I really wanted to love this camp, the forest was stunning and the lake was amazing. But the actual sites - and getting in/out of the sites - was not easy for our 38'er. The entire road through the RV campground is dirt, with massive potholes that you couldn't drive around since it was a narrow one-car road. The road was also one-way, so to exit the campground you had to take a lengthy drive down the same extremely rough road. We checked out sites beforehand on maps and Google Earth, but that did not show the numerous trees, drop offs and rock circles that sat in front of some campsites, making maneuvering difficult. The lake was pretty but very few sites had a view; since the sites were staggered up the hill, there were constantly people walking through our site to get to the lake or the dumpsters below. The actual sites were clean and well maintained - a nice firepit and picnic table on groomed gravel. We couldn't enjoy them due to the clouds of mosquitoes that were around day and night. My kids did enjoy the numerous chipmunks in the area though, and the area was definitely peaceful and quiet. Hookups were electric only but there were numerous water spigots throughout the camp to fill up. We camped at Haviland Lake, San Juan National Forest in a Fifth Wheel.





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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

I'll state right up front, this is one of our very favorite campgrounds. It's a National Forest CG it has about 35 sites of which approx 12 have electricity. The sites are situated in the woods above a beautiful lake and surrounded by huge mountains. There are pit toilets, but these are not your normal smelly unpleasant pit toilets they are cement and cinder block with a great ventilation system that really eliminates the yuck factor.

There is no water for filling RV tanks, but each loop has a water pedestal and you can fill water jugs there that you can put in your RV. For us the lack of water hasn't been a big deal.

One of the nice features of the National Forest CGs is that they allow the discharge of grey water (only!) in these areas. So, that simplifies longer stays in the CG. There is no RV Dump station in the CG.

The sites can be reserved for up to 2-weeks and are reserved up to 6-months in advance on recreation.gov. It's a busy CG in the summer, especially with locals reserving all the weekends early in the season. There are non-reservable sites available on a first come basis, but none with electricity.

The campground is approx 15 miles north of Durango on Hwy 550 as you climb to the Durango Mtn Ski Resort and the road continues over a pass to Silverton, etc.

The sites are gravel and fairly level. Plenty big for Big Rigs, not too close to other campers and always surrounded with forest and a mixture of Aspen and Pine trees. There are some sites that are challenging for bigger RVs, especially the "pull-throughs" which are wide spots in the road. There are 4 "double" sites with room and electric for two RVs side by side.

For us this CG is ideal, comfortable and very relaxing. We camped at Haviland Lake, San Juan National Forest in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

There is an RV dump with potable water 5 miles north of the Campground at a Store/Gas station called "Needles." So, there is no need to find one in town or at another campground.





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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Come with water in your tank. Water restrictions in effect. They asked us not to fill our tank. Stop at hosts' sites and register before entering campground. Easy access, all sites wind around on hillside. Mostly level. A few lake sites. Roads in bad shape, drive slow. Vault toilets in good shape, clean, little or no smell. Beautiful lake. Nice to have electric in NF. Would stay again. We were in a small rig. We camped at Haviland Lake, San Juan National Forest in a Motorhome.

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Joy C

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

If you are looking for a cushy park with lots of amenities, this is not the place for you. We didn't have reservations, but the park holds a few sites for first come first serve. We found a spot that our RV would fit in although there were no utilities. You can run a generator between 8am and 10pm. The weather is nice and cool and the park is so quiet. We slept with the windows open and the weather was perfect for it. Would definitely stay here again. If you want a spot on the lake, with power, be sure to go to the website and reserve it well in advance because they stay pretty booked up in the summer. We camped at Haviland Lake, San Juan National Forest in a Motorhome.

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God Bless America

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice dry camping campground. NO WATER connections for any type of hose, so no re-filling or topping off RV water tanks. Very clean and very well maintained. Only downside is if you are not comfortable with narrow roads, as they are indeed narrow if your are in a large motorhome as we were. We stayed one night while passing through and would stay again if needed place to stop and were prepared to dry camp. We camped at Haviland Lake, San Juan National Forest in a Motorhome.

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stella fouche

Review Count: 67
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects Senior Pass. This is a very nice quiet campground in the San Juan National Forest. Haviland Lake is great for trout fishing. Site was large enough to get our 36 foot fifth-wheel in, clean site with fire ring & picnic table. We had 50 amp electric & had no problems. Vault toilets were clean, there are no showers. Would definitely stay here again. We camped at Haviland Lake, San Juan National Forest in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

I stayed at this campground as a one-night stopover while traveling through Colorado. The campground hosts were both friendly and helpful. The site was easy to get in and out of and the electrical hook-up worked fine. The vault toilets were very clean. There are no showers at this campground. I would have stayed longer and explored the hiking trails had it not been for the rainy weather. This is a very scenic and quiet park. I would definitely consider camping here again, We camped at Haviland Lake, San Juan National Forest in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 147
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

The season is mid-May to mid-Sept. From Durango, go 17 miles north on Highway 550, Turn east (right) onto F.R. 671 (there is a sign) and there is a horse rental corral at the corner, go about one mile on paved one-lane, two-way road. It is very close with a big rig because you will go between two steel posts but it's doable. Look ahead for oncoming vehicles on this stretch. The campground roads are gravel and one lane with one-way signs. It is in a beautiful setting. Only electric motors are allowed on the lake which is trout-stocked. There is a boat ramp and picnic area. The campground receives very heavy usage so if you don't have reservations get there early in the day. 26 sites are reservable and 17 sites have 30/50A electric. The vault toilets are kept very clean and odor-free. The hosts are very friendly. There are no showers, no dump station, no water fill so come prepared. There are water spigots throughout the campground but you can't fill an RV or do any kind of bathing/hair-washing or teeth-brushing, dish-washing which is great! Those activities make a very unsanitary mess of water spigot areas! The spigots are only for filling a pot or small container. Firewood is sold and if a host sees a log overhanging the fire pit you're out of the park - good rule for cutting down on large fires. The sites are mostly in shade and a handful are on the lake. There are various prices - lakeside #39-45 are $22 plus $5 if they have electric. Other electric sites are $17 plus $5 electric. Non-electric sites are $17. Check out is Noon. Verizon phone and air card work great! Elevation is around 8,000 ft. Golden Age Passports are accepted but not for the electric add-on. Approximately one-half of the sites will accommodate a 40' motorhome but since the sites are along a single lane road and there are many trees you have to be careful. This is our third visit and we'll return. We camped at Haviland Lake, San Juan National Forest in a Motorhome.

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