Mancos State Park

5 07 2012
Mancos State Park #5

Mancos State Park #5

We’ve arrived at Mancos State Park between Durango and Cortez in southwestern Colorado.  The drive across Wolf Creek pass is always exciting.  Pagosa Springs was busy and fully decked out in 4th of July decorations and events.  The State Park is located about 5 miles north of the small town of Mancos.  The park has 32 non-electric campsites in two campgrounds, the main sites being along the spillway and dam of Jackson Gulch Reservoir.  The western sites, reserved primarily for tenting and small rigs, is on the opposite side of the lake.  We’re in sites #4 and #5 in the main campground.  Both back-in sites, one is on the outside of the loop overlooking the damn and spillway, the other is on the inside of the loop near a water faucet and vault toilet facilities.  Water is available, however the faucets are not convenient for RV filling.  Upon arrival we had to back-in to an already occupied site #9 and stretch two hoses to reach the faucet.  Set in tall lodge pole pines, both sites offer good privacy and full shade.

Mancos State Park #4

Mancos State Park #4

Other good sites here at Mancos include #9, a pull-through paired with #8 on the inside loop.  #1 is a lone pull-through that is very private and near the dam.  #7 would also be a very good back-in, lone site.  There are also 2 yurts available for rent at $70/night.

This park has plenty to do.  There are multiple trails for biking and hiking.  A park ranger leads a group hike weekly for discovery of animals and plants that live in the park.  Fishing is allowed from the lake, and there are boats for rent. Various games are available from the park office such as horse shoes.  After a relaxing morning, we’ve decided to do some bike riding and exploring.  A few thunderstorms keep us close to camp and our rain awnings.  We’ll hope for better weather tomorrow for our explorations of Mesa Verde.

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