South Meadows Campground

18 09 2011

 

Double Site #52

Double Site #52

South Meadows is among the Federal campgrounds in Pike National Forest near Woodland Park, CO. Several campgrounds are found along each side of Colorado Highway 67 which connects to Highway 285 via Pine, Buffalo Creek and Deckers. This area was the origin of the worst wildfire in Colorado history when in 2002, the Hayman fire claimed 130 homes and buildings across nearly 140,000 acres of private, state and federal forests. A federal forest officer later was convicted of starting the fire.

South Meadow campground is set in a dense lodge pole pine forest to the west of Highway 67, just 5 miles north of Woodland Park. The campground is organized around a large loop that is split into 4 quarters and one “old” loop on the far south end. There are a total of 64 sites, most can be reserved with a few set aside for first-come, “walk-up” camping. There are 5 or 6 double sites, extra long pull-throughs that accommodate 2 camping units, up to 2 additional tents and a total of 16 people. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. There are vault toilets and water hydrants scattered throughout the campground.

We choose double site #52, basically in the center of the campground. Another good double site is at the far NW corner, #32. On the far southern loop, appearing to be the original campsites, #13 is a good double and single sites #14 (pull-through) and #15 (back-in) are quite private and overlook the creek and meadow area.

On Saturday, we explored nearby Mueller State Park, about 10 miles west of Woodland Park. Mueller is one of the largest parks in the Colorado system with 132 campsites organized along a long ridge with loops to each side. The best sites appear to be on the very first loop, sites #1 – #5. Other more private sites would be at the end of the various loops, #45 &#46, #116 & #117. After exploring Mueller, we checked out the Woodland Park Oktoberfest before returning to camp.

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