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Chris Park Campground Wedding Guide Durango

Updated: Feb 22, 2023

Chris Park Campground Guide - 2022 (1)
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Please use this only as a helpful guide and info sheet to help you plan your event better at the Chris Park Campgrounds and Pavilion.

  • Online Reservation: Request Information

  • Check in: 3PM

  • Check out: 11AM

  • Minimum Stay: 1 days

  • No Online Reservations Within: 2 days of arrival

  • No Reservations More Than: 12 months from today

  • Reservation Cancellation: Allowed any time before arrival date

  • Cancellation Refund: NONE

  • Environments: Forest

  • Agency: US Forest Service

PEAK SEASON: May 6, 2022-September 25, 2022

Getting there: From Durango, travel north on Highway 550 for about 18 miles until you see the horse crossing signs and the brown chris park and haviland lake turn right signs, located at Haviland Lake Road. Turn right at the Haviland Lake sign, cross a cattle guard, continue for a half-mile, then turn right at the Y intersection. Left takes you to Haviland Lake, Right takes you down 1 mile to Chris Park Campgrounds. Chris Park Booking Windows Group sites at this campground operate on a 12-month rolling basis: Availability is released from Fri, May 6th 2022 through Sun, September 25th 2022. Facility Rates: Group shelter electric / pavilion: $240/night Group shelter non electric / no pavilion: $115/night * Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, taxes, or incremental charges.


The campground offers three group sites. Sites 1 and 2 can accommodate up to 75 people each. Site 3 can accommodate up to 150 people, and includes a picnic shelter/pavilion with electricity and grills. A volleyball court is located near this site as well. Picnic tables and campfire rings provided, as are vault toilets and drinking water.

Natural Features

The campground is situated in a mostly flat, open area, shaded by scattered ponderosa pine trees. Haviland Lake is a short drive from the site.


Several trailheads are in the vicinity, including Forebay, Goulding, Elbert Creek and Purgatory Flats. The historic Rico-to-Rockwood Wagon Road passes through Chris Park. Built in the late 1800s, the road was used for six years until the railway opened.


Hiking, Fishing, Camping, Boating


Accessible Vault Toilets, Drinking Water, Fire Pit, Grills/Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Platform, Accessibility, BBQ, Electricity Hookup

Nearby Attractions

Beautiful Haviland Lake is less than two miles from the campground. The 80-acre, no-wake lake offers boating, canoeing and fishing. Accessible fishing docks are located on the lakeshore.

Bears Ranch, carries on a 40 year equestrian tradition and sits at the entrance to Chris Park and Haviland lake (51 Haviland lake road) and offers sleigh rides in the winter and horseback trail rides throughout the summer. Bears Ranch is open to the public in the summer, offering local area info, grab-n-go sandwiches, snacks and SUP rentals for Haviland lake. More info can be found at

Chris Park Pavilion SPECS

Inside Pavillion

23 mobile and heavy picnic style table seating, figure 8-10 adults to a table.

Table size: 8 feet x 29 1/2 inches

No lighting unless rented or self-provided.

8 total support ceiling beams

8 Electrical outlets, one for each beam but on opposite sides staggered.

Outside Pavilion

Cooking Area

Cement slab - 32 feet x 40 feet wide

2 Large Metal covered storage shelves, brown metal bins.

4 feet x 30 inches

2 Small Metal shelves

4 feet x 18 inches

1 drinking fountain outside of Pavillion

4 Charcoal Grills

3 feet x 3 feet

3 Metal Serving Food Tables

8 feet x 29 1/2 inches

Fire Pit

South side of Pavilion

57 1/2 Round

12 - 8 feet x 10 inch benches surround the fire pit, great for S’mores around the fire.

Best to bring your own wood, if there is no fire ban in place at time of event.*


3 Vault bathrooms around campground sites 1,2,3.

1 Main bathroom/2 toilets for campsite 3 group shelter/pavilion- 1 Male and 1 Female side.

2 other bathrooms at campsites 1 and 2 / vault toilets located across from the campsite 3.

No lighting at night, suggest bringing male/female toiletry bathroom kits and battery operated lanterns for night.

Volleyball court

South side of Pavilion and fire pit ring.

30 x 50 feet, a net is usually set up for summer, BYO volleyball to be safe.

Horseshoe pits

Southwest of Pavilion and Volleyball courts

2 sets of railroad tie horseshoe pits

BYO horseshoes to be safe.

Common wedding ceremony site, reception follows in the pavilion.

There is a nice ‘ceremony’ site off the Southeast end of the pavilion, follow the trail footpath and road and you’ll come upon a nice semi-flat ponderosa tree overlook, with views of the hermosa cliffs and ponderosa forest around. About a 5 minute trail walk up to site.

We rented benches and chairs for immediate / older family to sit for our ceremony, and

we’re fortunate to have a family friend make us an aspen branch ‘alter’.

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