Lightner Creek Campground

Durango, CO
Durango, CO

Lightner Creek Campground

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Nestled in a protected box canyon surrounded by high cliffs of Douglas fir and Ponderosa Pine … LIGHTNER CREEK CAMPGROUND comprises 27 acres complete with a seasonal mountain stream that makes the perfect setting for nature lovers of all ages. The campground is family-owned and operated by outdoor enthusiasts and we enjoy sharing our passion of camping and the great outdoors. Whether you plan on sitting back and listening to the sounds of the surrounding nature, hiking the Dry Fork Trails of Perins Wilderness State Park, or visiting any of the other local attractions, the LIGHTNER CREEK CAMPGROUND experience is postcard perfect.

We are a full service campground with restrooms and showers with a mix of sites for camping in RVs, tents and shacks. In addition, we offer fully furnished cabins, lodges and a “tiny home for 2”. Be prepared to cook with charcoal or gas as we do not allow wood fires in our park. Your pet is welcome at your campsite, in a shack, creekside cabin, or in the “tiny home for 2”.

The paved county road off HWY 160W to our campground is well maintained, making the 1.5 mile drive easily accessible, regardless of what you are bringing. The drive to downtown Durango is a quick 5 miles. Our mountain climate is ideal: cool average temperature most evenings during the summer months. We are located at 7,000′ elevation, so our days can be tee shirt warm with evenings chilly enough for a sweater.

Enjoy a wide variety of recreational activities in the Durango area, including a plethora of hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing, river rafting, rock climbing, zip-lining, off-roading, horseback riding, shopping, dining and breweries, and much more … There is so much to see and do in the Four Corners Area! If you are looking for a memorable vacation experience in Durango, look no further than Lightner Creek Campground and Cabins … Where you come as a guest and leave as family!

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Water and Electric Creek or Canyon Site

A favorite for campers preferring rustic campsites. Campsites are smaller and limited to smaller campers only. A dump station is available in the campground and free to use. These campsites are non-smoking.

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Mountain Shacks

Mountain Shacks (10’x12’ wooden shelter) with a maximum occupancy of 4 persons and require bringing your own cooking and sleeping equipment. There is no water or electricity in the Mtn Shacks, please be prepared with battery powered lighting. Mountain Shacks include a charcoal grill and picnic table. These units are non-smoking. Pets are welcome and free!

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The Lodge

The Lodge is a duplex with two units featuring a privately fenced yard. The Lodge sleep 6 persons, featuring a private bedroom with queen, guest bedroom with bunk beds, and living room pull-out sofa. A set of linens and towels are stocked. Note we are not a hotel and do not exchange as needed. There is a laundry facility on site.


Units include full bathroom, stocked kitchen (dishes, pots and pans), and wood/gas stove and Direct TV. For a true camping experience take advantage of the private deck or patio space which features a propane fire pit, propane grill and picnic table. These units are non-smoking. Unit includes central heat but no air conditioning. 3 night minimum stay required. Pets are welcome and free!

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50amp and 30amp Full Hookup Creek or Canyon Site

 A favorite for campers with pets and children, with close access to Lightner Creek or the privacy of your camper nestled up to our forested canyon wall. These campsites are non-smoking.

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Tiny Home for Two

Tiny Home for Two, hidden amongst the Quaking Aspen trees, sleeps 2 persons with a queen bed, a half-bath, kitchenette, and Direct TV. Including private deck, charcoal grill and picnic table. A set of linens are supplied, please note we are not a hotel and do not exchange as needed. There is a laundry facility on site. These units are non-smoking. Pets are welcome and free! Requires a 3 night minimum stay.

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Creekside Cabins

The Creekside Cabins are 3 units on Lightner Creek. This cabin sleep 6 persons with a queen bed, twin bunk bed and pull-out sofa bed. A set of linens and towels are stocked, please note we are not a hotel and do not exchange as needed. There is a laundry facility on site.


Units include full bathroom, stocked kitchen (dishes, pots and pans), and Direct TV. For a true camping experience take advantage of the private deck and green space which features a charcoal grill and picnic table. These units are non-smoking. Unit includes central heat but no air conditioning. 3 night minimum stay required. Pets are welcome and free!

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50amp and 30amp Full Hookup, Pull Thru Site

A favorite of new RVers. A campsite that is open on both ends, allowing you to park your camper without needing to back up. These campsites are non-smoking.

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Premium Creek Tent Sites

Three secluded campsites in a private tenting area with creek access. Each campsite includes a charcoal grill and a picnic table. Ideal for large groups. Book all 3 sites and enjoy a private camping experience, with lots of space for children and pets to play! These campsites are non-smoking.

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Tent Creek Site

A favorite for campers preferring rustic campsites. Each campsite includes a charcoal grill and a picnic table.These campsites are non-smoking.

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The Premium 50amp and 30amp Full Hookup Creek Site

Campsite includes a deck over the creek, with picnic table. These campsites are non-smoking.

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The Premium Mountain Tent Site

Three very private campsites along canyon forest with the best views of the Perins Peak Mountains. Requires parking all vehicles in overflow and hiking up a mountainside trail with gear in hand to the campsite.


Each campsite includes a charcoal grill and a picnic table. Ideal for large groups. Book all 3 sites and enjoy a private camping experience, with lots of space for children and pets to play! These campsites are non-smoking.

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About Lightner Creek Campground

Nestled in a protected box canyon surrounded by high cliffs of Douglas fir and Ponderosa Pine … LIGHTNER CREEK CAMPGROUND comprises 27 acres complete with a seasonal mountain stream that makes the perfect setting for nature lovers of all ages. The campground is family-owned and operated by outdoor enthusiasts and we enjoy sharing our passion of camping and the great outdoors. Whether you plan on sitting back and listening to the sounds of the surrounding nature, hiking the Dry Fork Trails of Perins Wilderness State Park, or visiting any of the other local attractions, the LIGHTNER CREEK CAMPGROUND experience is postcard perfect.


We are a full service campground with restrooms and showers with a mix of sites for camping in RVs, tents and shacks. In addition, we offer fully furnished cabins, lodges and a “tiny home for 2”. Be prepared to cook with charcoal or gas as we do not allow wood fires in our park. Your pet is welcome at your campsite, in a shack, creekside cabin, or in the “tiny home for 2”.


The paved county road off HWY 160W to our campground is well maintained, making the 1.5 mile drive easily accessible, regardless of what you are bringing. The drive to downtown Durango is a quick 5 miles. Our mountain climate is ideal: cool average temperature most evenings during the summer months. We are located at 7,000′ elevation, so our days can be tee shirt warm with evenings chilly enough for a sweater.


Enjoy a wide variety of recreational activities in the Durango area, including a plethora of hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing, river rafting, rock climbing, zip-lining, off-roading, horseback riding, shopping, dining and breweries, and much more … There is so much to see and do in the Four Corners Area! If you are looking for a memorable vacation experience in Durango, look no further than Lightner Creek Campground and Cabins … Where you come as a guest and leave as family!

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1567 C.R. 207, Durango, CO 81301

Activities

Things to do on or nearby the property

  • Adventure Park
  • Basketball
  • Biking
  • Canoeing / Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoe
  • Hot Springs
  • Hunting
  • Live Entertainment
  • National Park Access
  • Offroad Vehicle Access
  • Paddleboard
  • Snow Sports
  • Volleyball
  • Walking Trails
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Wildlife Watching
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Park Policy

You must cancel your reservation(s) before the arrival day. Reservations will not be cancelled on or after the arrival day. To submit a cancellation request please send an email to LCcampground@gmail.com with your reservation details. A credit for the amount paid (not including the non-refundable booking fee of $2.00 if applicable) will be applied to your account for a future stay, this credit will expire at the end of this camping season on our last day in September.


You must reschedule for a stay during the current camping season (May-September) via phone or email for your credit to be valid. There are no refunds on or after the booking day. If you don’t check in on the arrival day and fail to notify the campground of a delayed arrival [due to car trouble, etc.] your reservation will automatically become voided the next day. The campground reserves the right to cancel a reservation for any reason it is unsafe to operate; i.e. a campsite out of order, inclement weather, natural disasters etc. The cancellation policy is in effect no matter who the cancellation is implemented by.

Rules & Regulations

To ensure our campground will meet your needs, please read policies before completing a reservation. By purchasing a reservation with Lightner Creek Campground and Cabins, you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions.


TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR YOUR RESERVATION & DEPOSIT

DEPOSIT = Payment for your entire stay + Tax + $2.00 online non-refundable booking fee (if applicable). There

are no refunds on or after the day of booking. There are no refunds for an early departure. Please carefully read

our cancellation policy.


Lightner Creek is a beautiful, serene seasonal creek which winds through our park. Water in the creek depends

on Mother Nature. Site rate remains the same, whether there is water in the creek or not.


3 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY FOR THESE HOLIDAY WEEKENDS:

MEMORIAL DAY: May 26- May 29

JULY 4TH: June 30 - July 4

LABOR DAY: September 1 – September 5

Reservations for Labor Day Week will be limited and must be done via phone. During this time

period, a noise ordinance is in effect in our canyon. Motorcycles or trikes will be prohibited on

the property during the 4 Corners Rally.


15% Discount for Instagram promotion. To receive this discount please book online to make your reservation with the Instagram promo code.

10% Discount for Retired and Active Military. To receive this discount please call to make your reservation (with

proof of Military ID).


Pets are welcome and free! 2 pets maximum per reservation.


All prices are based on 2 people. Additional persons $6.50 per day. Kids 17 years old and under are free.


All campsites and cabins: No more than 6 persons per site (Tiny Home for Two: max 2 persons) (Mountain

Shacks: max 4 persons). All campsites and rental units are non-smoking.


One type of camping equipment per site + tow vehicle. Extra equipment must be approved by office management prior to arrival and will incur a $10.00 per day fee. Extra equipment will not be allowed to be parked at your site and will be kept in a designated storage area, which is limited and requires reserving space in advance. Any vehicle without a car pass will be towed from the property.


Special instructions for Dry-camping during Autumn months only: You will need to fill your fresh water tank in

advance. There will be no dump station during this time period. The Main Bath House will be open and heated.


Do not arrive to the campground without a reservation. The campground will close intermittently for

upgrades/renovations or due to inclement weather.


Special instructions for lodging during Winter months only: Do not arrive to the campground without a

reservation. Campground will close intermittently for upgrades/renovations or due to inclement weather.


Winter reservations can only be made 3 days prior to arrival day, depending on the current condition of the campground.


CHANGING DATES: If you would like to change dates or drop days from your original reservation. You must make changes to your reservations before the arrival day. Reservations will not be adjusted on or after the arrival day. To submit a change of dates request please send an email to LCcampground@gmail.com with your reservation details. Changes will be made based on availability. There are no refunds on or after the booking day.


WELCOME to LIGHTNER CREEK CAMPGROUND AND CABINS

Campground Policies 2022

The following Policies have been chosen for your enjoyment of the pleasant atmosphere in the Campground.


Rv/ Tent/ Mtn Shack Check-in Time: 1:00pm Mountain Time

Lodge / Creekside Cabin / Tiny Home for Two Check-in Time: 3:00pm Mountain Time (We cannot accommodate early check-ins)

Departure Time: 11:00am Mountain Time. (We do not allow late checkout)

Late checkouts will be charged the equivalent of an additional day's rate. If failure to vacate your site interferes with the check-in of another guest at that site, you will be charged the additional day rate and a $100 penalty fee. Please plan your departure time accordingly.


Rv Requirements:

-RVIA approved, self-contained, clean, well maintained, and have a 3” sewage hookup. Sewer connections must be

sealed and the sewer line bridged to comply with La Plata County health regulations.

- RV & any other vehicle washing is prohibited


Rv Sites:

- Maximum of one (1) RV and one tow vehicle per site. Car passes should be visible at all times. - Sites

should be kept clean and neat. No food is to be left outside due to attracting bears and other wildlife. -

Clotheslines and hammocks are prohibited.


Parking:

- Please keep in mind that there is NO parking in the street.

- Overflow parking is very limited and based on availability and should be reserved in advance. -

Charges apply at $10/night per vehicle for all additional vehicles and when overflow parking is utilized


Occupancy:

- No more than six (6) persons inclusive of visitors will be registered per campsite.


Children:

- Children should have adult supervision. After 10:00pm persons under 18 years of age must return to their site, unless accompanied by their parents.


Visitor Policy:

- It is necessary to register ALL visitors by phone, email or in person at the Front Office.

- Visitor Passes are available and can be obtained during office hours. There is a $10.00/day per person fee in addition to any additional vehicle fees ($10/day per extra vehicle).


Fire Restrictions:

- No Wood Campfires.

- No Tiki or fuel torches.

- Propane and Charcoal are allowed, and must not be left unattended. Fire pits, grills and other open-flame devices shall not be operated on cabin decks or picnic tables.

- All types of fireworks are prohibited.

-At anytime additional fire restrictions may be imposed.


Firepit and Propane Rentals:

Fire pits and propane tanks may be rented in person during office hours (1 pm to 7 pm). If a fire pit or propane tank is missing or damaged you will be charged up to $250. It is the Rentor’s responsibility to insure the proper return to the campground office of all rental equipment. We do not fill propane rentals. Empty cylinders will be exchanged upon request for an additional rental fee. Fire pit rentals will be charged an additional nightly fee if not returned to the office by 11 am.

-Fire Pit rentals: $10.00/nightly

-20 pounder Propane Tank rentals: $25.00 per cylinder (to refill a rental cylinder there is a $25.00 fee).


Propane:

- The Park can fill propane bottles brought to the office during scheduled hours.

- $20 for a 20 pounder tank or smaller

- $30 for a 30 pounder tank


Quiet Hours:

- 10:00pm to 8:00am. Any activity that may disturb other guests is not allowed. Disruptive guests will be asked to leave without refund.

- No generators allowed at any time.


Alcohol/Smoking:

- No open alcoholic beverages inside/outside the Front Office, laundry rooms, or bath houses.

- Alcoholic beverages or consumption by those under age 21 is prohibited. Colorado laws, including those prohibiting open alcohol containers and driving under the influence, apply to all operators of ALL motorized and non-motorized vehicles within the Park.

- This is a non-smoking park. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property. Please do not leave your cigarette butts on the ground; anyone caught littering may be asked to leave without refund, in addition to a $25 fine per incident for littering.


Security:

- To promote security within the Park, all guests and visitors are required to display car passes issued by our front desk.

- No soliciting is allowed in the Park.

- No firearms or lethal weapons of any kind are not permitted on Park property.

-Any person causing damage to Park property, whether accidental or intentional, will result in a fine according to incident and cost of repair or replacement.


Trash Disposal:

- Due to frequent BEAR activity, outdoor trash containers are not permitted. Trash must be removed from the site and taken to the BEAR-PROOF dumpster, which is locked every night at 9pm.

-Unacceptable items placed in the dumpster or left behind in the campsite will result in a $25 - $100 disposal fee: i.e. appliances, tv, grill, mattress, furniture, dog beds, carpets, tents, cigarette butts and etc. You may take these items to the Recycling Center and Trash Disposal, at 710 tech center drive, Durango Co 81301, on the way to town.

-Littering of any kind, including cigarette butts and pet waste, on the Park premises will not be tolerated and guests may be asked to leave without refund, in addition to a $25 fine per incident for littering.

-Incorrect disposal of raw sewage resulting in spillage on park property will result in a fine of $100.


On Wheels:

- The speed limit within the Campground is 5 mph. All operators of motorized vehicles must be at least 16 years of age and possess a valid driver license. All Motor Vehicles must be in good operating condition and carry liability insurance.


Swimming Pool:

- The rules posted in the pool area are for your safety and must be observed. No glass containers permitted. A

responsible adult must accompany children under 12 years of age. There is no diving, no head first jumping in the pool, no running at any time. There is no lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk.


Restrooms, Showers and Laundry Room:

- closed daily 11am-1pm for cleaning.

- We pride ourselves on very clean facilities. Please let us know if any of the facilities require attention.


Pet Policy & Agreement:

1. You may have up to two pets in the Park.

2. Any dogs exhibiting aggressive behavior will not be permitted in the campground. If your dog can not get along with any other pets or people please board your dog before arriving at the campground.

3. Please be aware that any visitors you have may not bring their pets.

4. Your pet must be on a leash always, unless in the Pet Park. Local Law requires pets to be on a short leash (6 feet or less) at all times. Pets should not be left unattended in the Pet Park.

5. For the respect of other guests’ pets are not permitted in the playground, inside buildings or in the pool

area.

6. Solid waste must be picked up and disposed of immediately.

7. Please keep pets off your neighbor’s sites. Do not let your pets relieve themselves on your neighbors’ site. 8. Your pets should not be left outside unattended, at any time. Barking must be controlled to avoid disturbing others.

9. You may not tie your pet up to trees or our utilities. If you do tie your pet up outside, your tie up must be kept in your site and within 6 feet of your RV.


LIABILITY:

- Guests agree to release and forever discharge the Lightner Creek Campground insurance carriers, agents, servants, successors and assigns, herein after the “Released Party”, from any claims, demands, actions, causes of action and liability whatsoever, in any manner arising or to arise out of, said Released Party’s decision to provide facilities and services to guests.


Guests acknowledge that the Released Party in no way can guarantee that acts of vandalism, theft, fire or other damage will not occur. Further, guests agree to specifically indemnify and hold harmless the Released Party for all injuries and personal property damage that arise at the Park even though same may have resulted from the comparative, joint, concurring or contributory act, omission, fault or negligence, whether passive or active, of the Park or any agents thereof. The Park Management reserves the right to amend, revise and add to the Park Policy at any time.


FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY ONE OR MORE OF THESE POLICIES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE

VISITOR AND PET POLICES MAY RESULT IN YOUR LEAVING THE PARK WITH NO REFUND AND FUTURE

RESERVATIONS BEING CANCELLED.