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Little Molas Campground

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

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  • A typical campsite at Little Molas Campground.- Little Molas Campground
  • A typical campsite at Little Molas Campground.- Little Molas Campground
  • Overlooking the Little Molas Lake Day Use Area at Little Molas Campground.- Little Molas Campground
  • A typical campsite at Little Molas Campground.- Little Molas Campground
  • Several of the campsites at Little Molas Campground are well shaded and spacious.- Little Molas Campground
  • Spacious campsite at Little Molas Campground.- Little Molas Campground
  • Spacious camping at Little Molas Campground.- Little Molas Campground
  • Most sites at Little Molas Campground overlook Little Molas Lake.- Little Molas Campground
  • Little Molas Lake near Little Molas Campground.- Little Molas Campground
  • The facilities at Little Molas Campground.- Little Molas Campground
  • Little Molas Lake near Little Molas Campground.- Little Molas Campground
  • Looking at Little Molas Campground from Little Molas Lake.- Little Molas Campground
  • Looking south from Little Molas Lake and Little Molas Campground to Snowdon Peak.- Little Molas Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Free. Nice views.
Cons: 
Small. Rough roads.
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Region:
San Juan Mountains, CO
Managed by: 
Forest Service
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Reservations possible: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Alongside the San Juan Scenic Byway, Highway 550, Little Molas Campground is a quiet, cost-free reprieve for campers visiting the San Juan Mountains. A small, informal campground that gets more visitation for its nearby fishing at Molas Lake and the Colorado Trail (segments 24 and 25 begin here), Little Molas Campground offers dispersed camping, RV sites, and hitching posts for livestock in a beautiful setting high in the San Juan Mountains near Molas Pass.

The campground consists of one loop with tent campsites in its inner circle and RV sites along its southern rim. While there are no amenities at the campground other than vault toilets, both tent and RV campsites have pleasant views over Little Molas Lake to Snowdon Peak, sitting on a shelf 20 or 30 feet in elevation above the lake. Set well away from the 550, highway noise is of little concern, though incoming traffic seeking use of the Colorado Trail or the day use area can liven things up. Most campsites have a rudimentary fire ring, and tent sites are relatively flat. The access is a little rough, though low-clearance vehicles should have no problem as long as caution is used.

Nearby Little Molas Lake is stocked annually with Colorado River cutthroat trout, and the Colorado Trail offers numerous hiking destinations in the area. Close access to Highway 550 brings most adventures in the San Juan Mountains within striking distance; Silverton is less than 4 miles north, while Durango is roughly 30 miles, an hour’s drive, to the south.

For those looking for more comfortable amenities, Molas Campground is less than five minutes away. That said, as long as there is a comfortable site at Little Molas, there’s little reason to stay anywhere else.

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