Durango, Colorado
Haviland Lake Campground, San Juan Forest

Haviland Lake Campground: San Juan Mountains

Location: 18 miles north of Durango, CO
RV Limits: Yes. 45 feet maximum
Elevation: 8100 Feet
Camp Sites: 43 Camping Sites
Group Sites: 0
Reservations: No. First come, first serve


Location and Directions. Haviland Lake Campground is 18 miles north of Durango, Colorado and is conveniently located just 1 mile east of Highway 550 on Forest Road 671. The entrance to the campground is just across the dam. It is just north of the Tamarron Resort.


Overview and Attractions

Haviland Lake Campground is very scenic and its 43 camping sites are shaded by stands of Ponderosa pines trees with sites fro RVs and tents. Some are located near the lake shore and all have views of the Hermosa Cliffs and the lake. It is a "wakeless" lake; only boats powered by electric troll motors or hand-rowed are permitted. A trail leads to Forebay Lake, about a mile away, offering a more secluded setting for fishing. A commercial stable next to the entrance road offers horseback rides.


Graysill Trail. This trail is a quick and easy way out of Cascade Canyon. The main attraction of this trail is to get to the Rico-Silverton Trail instead of going all the way to the end of Cascade Creek.


Rico-Silverton Trail. This trail ascends two high mountain passes, affording excellent views and good opportunities for photography.


Salt Creek Trail. The trail switchbacks down through meadows and aspen glades. The bottom of the trail is a bit rougher and steeper, so watch your step.


Other nearby trails are suitable for mountain biking. For road cyclists, Highway 550 has wide shoulders, scenic views, and some challenging climbs.


Haviland Lake Campground Facilities

Of the 43 campsites, 15 offer electrical hookups for additional fees. Many facilities are universally accessible, including barrier-free camping and picnic sites, and toilets. There are universally accessible piers. A campground host is on site. Firewood is available. There are no showers. There is day-use fee for the picnic area.


More Information

Columbine Ranger District
367 South Pearl Street
P.O.Box 439
Bayfield, CO 81122
(970) 884-2512


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