If you and your friends or family are planning a Fido-friendly group getaway in Colorado’s San Juan National Forest, consider camping at Chris Park Campground! Depending on your group size, you might not need to sacrifice too many of your creature comforts -- Site 3, which fits up to 150 people, has electricity (and access to a horseshoe pit and volleyball court), though Sites 1 and 2 (75 people) don’t have any hookups. None of the sites have access to showers.
But with such a furrific location, who can complain? The campground might not look like much to start -- it’s located in an open field, and the forest isn’t exactly dense around the sites, though most spots are shaded by the tall pines.
However, Chris Park is close by to some amazing recreation options! Haviland Lake is just a bone’s throw away from camp. The accessible fishing piers provide plenty of opportunities for anglers, and canoe and boat rentals are nearby. Just make sure that your buddy wears a doggy lifejacket if you’re heading out on the water.
Hound-dog hikers will get the most out of a stay here -- many of the trails in Chris Park have entrances right in the campground. Four-pawed fitness freaks looking for a challenge might enjoy a trek on the Rico-Silverton Trail, an eight-mile loop that rewards those who can handle its punishing inclines with fabulous mountain views on the way up to a wildflower-filled meadow.
There’s no entrance fee to Chris Park, and sites range from $100 for Sites 1 and 2 to $220 for Site 3. The US Forest Service has designated Chris Park a medium-usage campground, but it’s still a good idea to make your reservation early. Wifi isn’t available, and cellular coverage varies from network to network. Remember to bring waste bags for your doggo, and have a pawesome time!