Camping In Durango
Best Spots To Camp
About Camping In Durango
Durango’s surrounding wilderness is ideal for outdoor adventures. In a place that screams “FREEDOMM!!” you should be able to hop on a trail or cast out right from your front door. Maybe that front door is attached to a zipper, or it’s just an actual door because nylon mesh allows spiders to watch you while you sleep. Whether you love living outside or you’re more of a glamper, check out this list of private and public campgrounds nestled in absolute scenic serenity.
Most of these public lands campgrounds come with vault toilets, fire pits, and picnic tables. They do not provide potable water or RV hookups unless otherwise stated. Private campgrounds will have more amenities such as RV hookups, water, showers, and full bathrooms. Also, it’s good to know that collecting firewood is generally prohibited. Many campgrounds will sell firewood, or you can purchase some in town before heading out to your site. We encourage campers to be respectful of the land they are camping on by sticking to developed roads and sites, carrying out your trash, and practicing leave no trace.
Public Lands Campgrounds
This campground along the Florida River is managed by the Forest Service. Its proximity to Lemon Lake and trailheads leading to backcountry lakes make this a perfect spot for hiking, fishing, climbing, and boating.
Junction Creek Campground
Just 5 minutes out of Durango, this larger campground is more developed with electrical hookups, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and more. The campground offers immediate access to the Colorado Trail here.
The trailhead to the Weminuche Wilderness backcountry starts at this large, densely forested campground. Multiple creeks and nearby lakes make this an incredibly beautiful spot for fishing, kayaking, and overall exploring.
Hermosa Creek Special Management Area
This section of wilderness offers dispersed camping in a much-loved area for outdoor enthusiasts. Designated spots can be found along the Upper Hermosa Creek road that passes by an established campground.
Cherry Creek Road
This dispersed camping area is nestled in beautiful surroundings near Hesperus, about 20 minutes from Durango. The location is a great base camp for those exploring the La Plata Mountains and Mesa Verde National Park.