Colorado Horse and Equestrian Property

Trails and Horse Camping in Colorado

HIGHLIGHTS
Located in the southern San Juans, the Weminuche Wilderness is the largest wilderness area in Colorado. There is a newer horse camping, campground, the Palisades Campground, with a host, (as of 2013)(who rides the trails with his mules) at the Williams Creek Trailhead.

The Palisades Horse Camp is located north of U.S. Highway 160 on Piedra Rd. (CR 600) at the end of Williams Creek Road just past the Cimarrona Campground on FSR 640.

The campground has 8 single sites and 4 double sites that have both pull-through and back-in units. Each unit has camp/tent and use pads with wheelchair accessible tables and fire ring. Each campsite has either a hitching rack or a four-unit stall with feed manger. There is potable drinking water and water for livestock in tanks. The campground has vault toilets.

A trail connects the horse camp to Williams Creek Trail (587). Trailhead elevation is 8,360 feet. Campground is very close to Williams Creek. After the water at the horse camp is winterized, horses can be watered in this creek. There is a parking area at the trailhead that accommodates 14 horse trailers and 20 standard passenger vehicles. Hitching posts, unloading platforms and restroom are provided.

The horse camp was developed as an alternative to nearby dispersed camping which did significant damage to the surrounding meadows and streamside wetlands. Camping will be allowed only within developed campgrounds (Palisades, Williams Creek, Teal and Cimarrona) and at two dispersed campsites that will be designated with signs as open to camping.

The camping closure area within the upper Williams Creek area will extend from the Forest Service RV dump station at the intersection of FDR 640 and FDR 631 to the Williams Creek Trailhead. The closure will extend one-fourth mile on either side of FDR 640. Camping is not allowed at trailheads.

 DIRECTIONS
From Durango, take Highway 160 east 60 miles to Pagosa Springs. Turn left onto Piedra Road and travel north 20 miles. Piedra Road becomes a well-maintained gravel road after the first few paved miles. Turn right onto Williams Creek Road to access the campgrounds, reservoir.

ELEVATION

15,900 feet (Williams Creek Reservoir).

RESOURCES

See: San Juan National Forest for more information




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