Camping at Mancos
The next time you’re headed to Southwestern Colorado’s numerous attractions, including Mesa Verde National Park and Durango, think about escaping to a small campground nestled in a Ponderosa Pine forest with views of Jackson Gulch Reservoir: Mancos State Park. Launch your hand-powered boat or sailboat in the wakeless reservoir or take a nature hike on one of the many trails, including the connection to the Denver-to-Durango Colorado Trail.
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32 campsites in two campgrounds
The park has two campgrounds – Main and West – on two sides of the reservoir with a total of 32 campsites. View a Mancos State Park Area Map for campground locations. All sites have fire pits and picnic tables. The main campground has vault toilets and drinking water, but no electrical hookups. Along the northwest side of the reservoir, the west campground has nine campsites (primarily for tent campers) with toilets but no drinking water nearby.
Check-out time is at noon. A dump station is located at the exit of the main campground for the use of those holding a valid camping pass and vehicle pass. Please use this facility for disposal of all waste water to protect water quality and maintain a clean and healthy environment within the park. There are some campsites and restrooms accessible to persons with disabilities. The campsite fee is $16 per night and a valid State Parks vehicle pass is required on each vehicle (see Fees).
In addition to the campsites, two yurts are available at sites 22 and 24. Reservations are required. Yurts are $70 per night and a valid State Parks vehicle pass is required on each vehicle.
Call 1-800-678-2267 (303-470-1144 in the Denver area) to make a campsite or yurt reservation or follow the links on the website. Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of your arrival.
Firewood: Mancos State Park sells bundles of firewood for $5/bundle. We encourage you to purchase this locally harvested wood. Firewood brought in from outside Colorado can carry devastating, non-native tree insects and diseases. All of our firewood comes from forest health treatments, fire fuels reduction, and hazard tree removal in the park. The wood is processed and bundled by park volunteers and sold through the park retail program. By purchasing local firewood in Mancos State Park you are supporting the ecological health of the park and protecting our healthy trees from invasive and harmful pests.
Mancos State Park provides a great overnight stop or a beautiful location for an extended stay. Summer is a fun time to camp at Mancos State Park. There are fun activities in the park such as fishing, hiking, and boating. Mancos is centrally located to make a good base for daily outings to Mesa Verde, Durango, and the nearby San Juan National Forest. The park is at 7800 ft elevation so it doesn't get too hot here and the ponderosa forest keeps the campground shady during the summer months. The park is popular during the summer so campsite and yurt reservations are recommended (800-678-2267 or in Denver: 303-470-1144).