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South Mineral Campground

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

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  • South Mineral Campground in the San Juan National Forest.- South Mineral Campground
  • View of the campground and trailhead from the trail near Island Lake, some 2,000 feet higher.- South Mineral Campground
  • The campground is surrounded by beautiful mountains right across the road from the Ice Lake Trailhead.- South Mineral Campground
  • Keep right on the one-way road inside the campground.- South Mineral Campground
  • Mountain view from the campground.- South Mineral Campground
  • Clear Creek immediately behind the campground.- South Mineral Campground
  • View from Clear Creek.- South Mineral Campground
  • Campsite next to South Fork Mineral Creek.- South Mineral Campground
  • View toward NF-585.- South Mineral Campground
  • Beautiful backdrop.- South Mineral Campground
  • Restrooms in the campground (open from May to September).- South Mineral Campground
  • Potable water in the campground (available from May to September).- South Mineral Campground
  • Beautiful wildflowers in the campground, especially around the creek.- South Mineral Campground
  • Ground detail of moss around the creek.- South Mineral Campground
  • The view from behind a campsite near the creek.- South Mineral Campground
  • Remarkably dark skies offer wonderful views of the stars, even with the moon out.- South Mineral Campground
  • Milky Way reflected on water near the campground.- South Mineral Campground
  • Milky Way right above a campsite.- South Mineral Campground
  • Dark skies allow for great views of the stars.- South Mineral Campground
  • Star trails around the North Star, shot from campsite 10 at South Mineral Campground.- South Mineral Campground
  • Sunrise over South Mineral Creek with alpenglow on the surrounding peaks.- South Mineral Campground
  • Sunrise over South Mineral Creek with alpenglow on the surrounding peaks.- South Mineral Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful lakes and waterfalls. Few people on weekdays. Beautiful fall colors.
Cons: 
Long drive from Denver. No reservations.
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Region:
San Juan Mountains, CO
Managed by: 
Concessionaire
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
No
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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South Mineral Campground, named after South Mineral Creek, is a small, 26-site campground surrounded by beautiful mountains, creeks and waterfalls in Colorado's San Juan Mountains. It offers access to the popular Ice Lake Trailhead, as well as other wonderful locations nearby.

All 26 sites are first-come, first-served, so it is recommended to come early or before the weekend during the summer. If the campground is full, there are a couple other campgrounds along NF-585, and camping is also allowed in some spots along the creek. Restrooms and potable water are available between May and September. 

The campground backs to Clear Creek and South Fork Mineral Creek, both of which form waterfalls worth exploring. The Ice Lake Trailhead is just across the road. The 8-mile hike with 3,000 feet in elevation gain offers wonderful views of beautiful alpine lakes and surrounded mountains. County road 12, just east of the campground, offers access to Clear Lake either by foot or four-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicles.

South Mineral Campground is a great summer destination in the San Juan Mountains. Come in the autumn as well to see Colorado fall colors in full display as aspen and willows turn to shades of yellow and red.

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