Directions to Lightner Creek Campground in Durango, CO
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DIRECTIONS: From downtown Durango; west on Hwy 160 - 3.5 miles to Lightner Creek Road or CR 207 (between mile markers 80 & 79) - north 1.5 miles to campground.
DIRECTIONS: From Colorado Springs, CO; south on Interstate 25 to State Highway 160 west at Walsenburg. Continue on Highway 160 to Durango.
DIRECTIONS: From Flagstaff, AZ; east on Interstate 40 to Highway 89A to Page, AZ to Highway 160 east to Tuba City, AZ, continuing east on Hwy 160 through Kayenta, AZ, The Four Corners Monument and Cortez, CO. Just before the Durango city limits and between mile markers 79 & 80 turn left (north) onto Lightner Creek Road or CR 207. Go 1.5 miles to Lightner Creek Campground - the entrance is on the left.
Things To Do In Our Area:
Our campground is near to so many exciting and diverse attractions. There's so much to see and do when you're here:
The Durango Area
Durango was founded in 1880 when the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad built a track to Silverton and established Durango as the hub of its rail system to transport ore from the mountains to smelters in Durango. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad now only hauls visitors to Silverton.
Discover the magic of river rafting and guided jeep tours with Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours in Southwest Colorado. They offer 77 trip options for ages 4 to 84. Options include whitewater rafting adventures on rafts or inflatable kayaks, beginner stand-up paddle boarding instruction, jeep trail tours and packages with a one-way ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train. Experience why Mild to Wild has earned the most referrals and repeat customers!
In the winter, there is easy access to five major ski areas including Purgatory (located just 25 minutes north of downtown Durango). Just 35 miles to the west is Mesa Verde National Park known for its Ancestral Puebloan Cliff Dwellings.
Durango is home to the Snowdown Festival, an event including fireworks and a parade. Durango also welcomes the annual Music in the Mountains Summer Music Festival, featuring performances by many of the world's finest classical musicians. For those of you that are bicyclist fans, don't forget the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. The Durango community invites riders to join the tradition every Memorial Day weekend!
Durango is a great place for families! Whteher you're interested in Full Blast Adventure Zipline, Paintball & Slacklining or maybe you would like to take the kids to the Durango Discovery Museum. When youa are in Durango, you will want to be outside, exploring and experiencing the outdoors and the fun. Check out the Rapp Corral for great horseback riding adventures, or maybe you would prefer to Go Fly Fishing in Durango with the Duranglers! Great experiences for you and your family!
Want to go hiking or biking? We have plenty of those opportunities, too!
The 208 is 1/2 mile from Lightner Creek. The 208 leads up to Dry Fork Trail making a nice loop, intersecting with the Colorado Trail. This is an excellent day hike or mountain bike ride for our guests. Directions to the Dry Creek Loop: From town take 160 west turn right on Lightner Creek Road and follow on Dry Fork Road onto the dirt where obvious Dept. of Wildlife signs are present. Take one more right at the split toward Silver Mountain Ranch and a final left at the split away from Silver Mountain Ranch. This parking area is the start of the Dry Fork Loop. Ride/hike/horseback up the singletrack that starts at the cattle guard on the west side of the parking area. Climb about 1 mile to a split and turn left. The next 3-4 miles is a pleasant climb through pine, scrub oak and eventually, stands of aspen. At the top of the climb turn right onto the Colorado Trail and climb a bit more. This 3-4 mile section is rolling then mostly downhill until it reaches the junction with Hofhein's Connection. Take a right on Hofhein's Connection and mostly descend for several miles until a creek crossing and a short climb. You will soon come upon your first trail junction take a left here and descend back down to the parking area and the start of the route. Ride length is approximately 12 miles.