CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. Will open May 2023. Booking for 2023 opens January 2023

Welcome to Lightner Creek Campground in Durango, CO!

Nestled in a protected box canyon surrounded by high cliffs of Douglas fir and Ponderosa Pine … LIGHTNER CREEK CAMPGROUND comprises 27 acres complete with a seasonal mountain stream that makes the perfect setting for nature lovers of all ages.

About us

The campground is owned and operated by outdoor enthusiasts and we enjoy sharing our passion of camping and the great outdoors. Whether you plan on sitting back and listening to the sounds of the surrounding nature, hiking the Dry Fork Trails of Perins Wilderness State Park, or visiting any of the other local attractions, the LIGHTNER CREEK CAMPGROUND experience is postcard perfect.

The paved county road off HWY 160W to our campground is well maintained, making the 1.5 mile drive easily accessible, regardless of what you are bringing. The drive to downtown Durango is a quick 5 miles.

Our mountain climate is ideal: cool average temperature most evenings during the summer months. We are located at 7,000′ elevation, so our days can be tee shirt warm with evenings chilly enough for a sweater.

Enjoy a wide variety of recreational activities in the Durango area, including a plethora of hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing, river rafting, rock climbing, zip-lining, off-roading, horseback riding, shopping, dining and breweries, and much more … There is so much to see and do in the Four Corners Area!

If you are looking for a memorable vacation experience in Durango, look no further than Lightner Creek Campground and Cabins … Where you come as a guest and leave as family!


We Provide The Best Amenities

Our beautiful Durango Campground includes the following features which we feel will make your Colorado camping vacation a memorable one


With convertible net for Badminton / Kids’ Volleyball

Heated Swimming Pool

With floaties and pool toys

Camp Store

Souvenirs, gifts, s’mores station, propane fire pit rentals

Clean Restrooms
& Showers

Propane refueling station

For bottles only

Pet Park

Pets are free!

Coin Laundry



Ways to stay

We Have Many Beautiful and Comfortable Cabins

Heather Robertson Google Review

Loved it here the site offered almost everything we needed while camping there. From selling ice, to renting a fire pit, propane tank refills, and even adapters for the RV plugs in the site. The place was clean and close to everything in the area

Nolan Lickey Google Review

We hold a Casita rally here every spring. It's a PERFECT campground for a get-together! Excellent facilities, lovely campground and a staff that really makes it all work

Tori Kingsley Google Review

Juniper and camp hosts work hard to give you a great experience. She is friendly, helpful and makes you feel like a special guest. When you pull in she will furnish you with whatever you need and wants to make sure you are satisfied with your stay. We stayed there 6 weeks this summer and hope to go back soon...


    What Clients Say About Lightner Creek


    There Are Many Tourist Destinations in This Area




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