The Alamosa River forms high in the South San Juan Mountains into Terrace Reservoir, where the mountains meet the San Luis Valley. This small campground sits along the river 4.5 miles above the reservoir. There are five campsites with picnic tables and campfire rings and vault toilets. Campers can fish on the shores of the reservoir or hike nearby trails. The river itself is milky and acidic, not from old mines in the canyon, though there were plenty. The mountain slopes that feed the river unleash natural minerals into the water, so fishing in the river itself above the reservoir is poor. The campground is located along Forest Service Road 250.
- There is no drinking water at this campground – and the acidic Alamosa River water is undrinkable, so bring plenty.
- There is no fee to use this campground.
- Hikers can explore the area on the Alamosa Trail or continue up the canyon to Elwood Pass, with easy access to the Continental Divide Trail.
Recommended season(s): Spring – fall.
—R. Scott Rappold