8.4 Good
     
South Fork, Colorado

Big Meadows Campground

South Fork, Colorado


FR410 off Hwy 160
South Fork, Colorado 81132
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Sites: 53
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 37.538849058797
Longitude: -106.79685906515

Elevation: 9261' (approximate)
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) no
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • 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
Amenities
  • 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 no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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9 Reviews

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Review Count: 319
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 79

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate reflects a 50% Senior Pass discount. This is a very pleasant National Forest Service campground about 10 miles outside of South Fork. Most of the sites are relatively large and level. Most of the dead and dying trees have been removed, so most sites are open without shade. However, at an elevation of 9,500 feet, it was very pleasant even in the middle of summer. There is water but not for filling a tank. Some of sites have a view of the pleasant lake, some are set back up the hill. Many of the sites are reservable, but we did not have a problem getting a first-come site with great views of the lake. There is no dump station. Rainbow Market in South Fork provides both fresh water for filling tanks and a dump station free of charge. We made for sure we patronized them as repay. We had no problem getting DirecTV and had a very usable Verizon LTE signal at our site. There is a camp host, but he was not really a presence. Even so, it was a quiet camping experience over a holiday weekend. We camped at Big Meadows Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

It is a pleasant 1.5 mile hike around lake. The Archuleta trail branches off of this trail to follow a stream up the hill. -- a very pleasant, not-too-steep trail. The drive past the campground on the Forest Service road will take you to even higher elevations with a nice short hike to Hunter's Lake. Rainbow market in South Fork has gas, propane, and some food. However, if coming through Pagosa Springs, City Market is a great store to stock up..

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

We miss all the trees that had to be clear-cut to remove the pine beetle kill, so there isn't any shade areas now. However, satellite tv and internet 4G access is easy now. Being close to the reservoir was nice and hubby enjoyed fishing for trout.

However, the sites are full of weeds, some are noxious weeds that need to be removed. Picnic tables in bad need of repair, painting or staining. All are warped and dried out from the winters and sun. Company in charge need to increase their maintenance costs. We camped at Big Meadows Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
site 11
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Fishing right there at reservoir, close to Creede, an old fashion mining town. Two Rivers BBQ restaurant in South Fork is great. Rainbow Grocery has everything...their motto is "if we don't have it, you don't need it". Their homemade breakfast sausage and brats are delicious.

We will be back next July.

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

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We pulled up to this campground and it was love at first sight. Will definitely be back. Sites are spread out with plenty of privacy. No electricity or water. I believe water is available at the host's site. We camped at Big Meadows Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Feed the little rock squirrels and whistle pigs! They are tame around the water. Be sure and hike around lake - it's beautiful. We wished we would have brought our fishing gear.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

I have camped here several times over the years. The camp has been closed for renovation and redesign (and for a major fire that closed the entire South fork area two years ago... but didn't touch the camp area). The sites look like new. The pit toilets are very clean. There are very scenic views of the lake and mountains from many of the sites. There is a camp host, and water and firewood are available at his site. The camp sports a beautiful little reservoir (stocked) and Big Meadows is really quite comfortable, but it is a "boondocking" experience (no hookups). You can reserve sites on http://www.recreation.gov/camping/big-meadows-del-norte/r/campgroundBookingWindow.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70537. We camped at Big Meadows Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 21
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Location is 40 minutes from Pagosa Springs (over Wolf Creek Pass) and Creede (in the other direction), only 20 minutes from South Fork, and less than an hour from Alamosa. There are some very nice restaurants (not fast food) in Pagosa Springs and South Fork, and you can rent a shower or laundry at several of the nearby private parks.

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Review Count: 117
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a really fun National Forest Service (NFS) campground. It has recently been refurbished and has sites to accommodate rigs up to 60 feet. At this time it does not take reservations but I had no problem finding a site on a Sunday afternoon in August. The campground was only a third filled. This campground has been closed for several years for dead tree removal and then for renovation. Like many other NFS parks in CO the record cold winter of 2013 destroyed its water pipes. Who knows when they will be repaired so bring your own water. This is a great place to overnight especially if you have Golden Age Pass. It is only 1 1/2 miles off Hwy 160 on a good wide road. There is no traffic noise. Some sites are shaded, but it is best to bring your own shade. Activities are fishing, boating and hiking. In August the campground was covered in wild flowers. Sites are very large. There are 3 loops. A loop is on the lake and is the most popular but also has the smallest sites and the least privacy. C loop is the farthest from the lake, but offers the largest sites and the most privacy. I loved this place and will be back with my trailer in 2014. We camped at Big Meadows Campground in a Tent.

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Review Count: 205
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is still closed until the summer season of 2013. We camped at Big Meadows Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a wonderful campground for boon docking. It is nestled in a grove of evergreen trees adjacent to the Big Meadows Reservoir, a beautiful stocked fishing lake. But, they are redoing the entire campground. That includes drilling a new water well. The site's water quality has always been a problem, and this year, campers had to go off-site to get water. Sadly, the the campground will be closed for the entire 2010 camping season while this makeover is in progress. You can still fish the reservoir and hike the area's trails. We camped at Big Meadows Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2008 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed at Big Meadows Campground twice and both times we really had beautiful private sites. Very nice place for taking evening walks and enjoying nature. We travel with children and this is one of their favorite spots. We will definitely go again in the future. there is a lake for fishing. We didn't catch any fish, but the kids enjoyed it anyway. We camped at Big Meadows Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2007 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Loved this place! We camped here three nights. There are no hookups, but the water faucets near the pit toitets can have hoses screwed onto them. This allows you to fill your water tanks before parking. The sites are heavily wooded and the camp elevation is over 9,000 feet. Sites include a picnic table and fire ring. Aspen firewood can be purchaesed from the camp manager. The sites are adjacent to Shaw Lake. It is pretty and stocked with rainbow trout. There are hiking/horse trails on both sides of the lake. We were only 3 miles from the highway and 7 miles from Southfork for shopping, restaurants and showers. Lots of wildlife. Fishing was great and we had a 10-point buck deer visit our site. This was boondocking at it's best! We camped at Big Meadows Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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