Mancos State Park in Southwestern Colorado is a haven for the year-round outdoor enthusiast and traveler.
In the spring, summer and fall, canoeists, kayakers and wakeless power boaters enjoy the calm waters of Jackson Gulch Reservoir. Fishing enthusiasts have pulled numerous species of fish, including yellow perch and rainbow trout, out of the reservoir. Travelers from other parts of the state and country use Mancos State Park as their camping headquarters when they visit the numerous attractions in the area, including Mesa Verde National Park, the San Juan Skyway and Durango.
In the winter, hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails await in the San Juan National Forest. The West Mancos Trailhead is just two miles from Mancos State Park. Ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also popular at Mancos in the winter.
The park has two campgrounds – Main and West – on two sides of the reservoir with a total of 32 campsites. All sites have fire pits and picnic tables. The campgrounds have vault toilets and drinking water, but no electrical hookups. Vault restrooms have been added in the main campground and in the west campground. Along the northwest side of the reservoir, there are nine campsites (primarily for tent campers) with toilets but no drinking water nearby.
In addition to the campsites, two yurts are available at sites 22 and 24. Reservations are required. A valid State Parks vehicle pass is required on each vehicle.
The Mancos yurts and campground are open throughout the winter. Sites in the main campground are open and plowed. Drinking water is available at the campground throughout the winter. The west road and campground are not open after the first significant snow of the season.
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