Looking for a scenic place to stay during your Fido-friendly Rocky Mountain getaway? Well, look no fur-ther than Williams Creek Campground! Situated twenty-three miles away from Pagosa Springs, facilities at Williams Creek are on par with other US Forest Service campgrounds in the area -- that is to say, on the rustic side. You won’t find any showers or electricity. Some sites do have water and sewage hookups though, and these also come with dump stations.
The campground’s location might go some way towards making up for it, though! Perched on the banks of the gently burbling Williams Creek, most of the 67 sites boast waterside views. You can also expect breathtaking mountain vistas! Many of the spots are shaded by the ponderosa pines dotted around camp, but not all are sheltered -- just another reason to make your reservation early! There’s no entrance fee to the area, and sites start at $14. Be prepared for some noise, though -- the area around Williams Creek is fairly popular with off-roading enthusiasts.
You and your buddy certainly won’t be bored during your stay! The creek provides ample angling opportunities, and Williams Reservoir, just a mile away, is a great place to cast your line for trout fishing. Keep in mind that the fishing is best in late spring and early autumn! As you may have guessed from the location, hound-dog hikers should find themselves thoroughly entertained. Laid-back lapdogs looking for a short but scenic stroll might enjoy the Piedra Falls Trail. This one-mile out-and-back stretch runs through wooded wonderland and past striking volcanic rock formations on its way to the stunning falls themselves. The Williams Creek Trail is a pawesome option for fitter furry friends, and the six-mile route leads to the mutts-visit Weminuche Wilderness.
Wifi isn’t available at Williams Creek, and cellular coverage ranges from spotty to non-existent, so this isn’t the best camping choice for those who need to remain in constant contact. Otherwise, set that out-of-office email response and relax! Campfires are permitted, and you’ll find drinking water available on-site. Remember to bring waste bags for your four-pawed pal, and have a grrr-eat time!