Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Trip to Big Meadows

We took the Mossman’s to see Big Meadows Reservoir, which Jim and I consider the Crown Jewel of the Rio Grande National Forest.BM Reservior (4)

See what I mean?  Isn’t it beautiful?  They are doing major renovations to the campground on the other side of the reservoir and we took the chance to check it out.  They have only completed the first loop (there are three loops), but what they have finished is gorgeous!!!!!  IF and that is IF there were full hookup (and there aren’t) Big Meadows would be a five-star resort!

Just take a look at some of the campsites on the first loop.

Big Meadows CG (1)
New kiosk, old pay tube
Big Meadows CG (2)
Big Meadows CG (3)
Pretty site by the water
Big Meadows CG (4) This will be a popular site.
Big Meadows CG (5)
Wood outlines the site
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Big Meadows CG (7)
Left side pull-thru
Big Meadows CG (8)This site has the table up on the hill with steps
Big Meadows CG (9) Big Meadows CG (10)
Big Meadows CG (14) big meadows double site_thumb

Lots of beautiful wood back drops--what do you call them?-- in the back. Nicely graveled with new treated wood picnic tables and fire rings.

But then we saw these two brand new tables destroyed by a fallen tree during the winter….tables had never been used even once!!!!!

smashed table at Big meadows_thumb

The second loop is going to be worked on come April, but Big Meadows won’t be opened till 2013, hopefully!  Any one interested in coming to work with us up there in Big Meadows 2013 or 2014?  Camphosts will have water and sewer and a gas allowance for your generator.  There will be new restrooms, new water system and new water stations. I’m sure the campground will be full most of the time because it’s been closed since 2009 and everybody is excited about going back and seeing all the positive changes they are making.

Here are a couple more photos of the area.  There’s a 2 mile trail around the reservoir, many longer hiking trails in the area, great trout fishing (they stock the pond weekly) and the 9,500 foot altitude makes for cool weather all summer.

BM Reservior (2)      BM Reservior (3)

Am I tempting you????????  If so contact me and we’ll talk.

Remember, you are loved.


  1. I noticed the snow in the background, are those new photos? If so there is a lot more snow in the high mountains than I thought. I will have to check that out.

    Hope to get over to see you guys soon. Company is all gone and FV is beginning to empty.

  2. Hi Chapmans I really enjoy your post and love that country up there. My daughter were thru there last year when we were headed to her first year of college. We fished in several areas , but our best fishing was that lake behind the ski resort at the top of Wolf Creek pass, I dont remember the name , but I remember going thru the parking lot at the resort and winding down a narrow road to the lake, we were the only ones there. we caught Rainbows and Cutthroat on dry flies, had lunch in a small place in South Fork that was really good. Hope your having great weather....Scott

  3. Alan, the photos were taken back in June but I just got around to post them on my blog.


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