The Transfer Recreation Area includes a campground and picnic area 11 miles
northeast of Mancos. Take Colorado Highway 184 north for 1/4 mile and turn east
on the West Mancos Road (Forest Rd. 561). After the road turns to gravel, continue
about 7 miles to the campground turnoff on the right.
The campground has 12 campsites in a mostly level aspen grove. All sites and
restrooms are barrier-free, and most accommodate RVs. Although livestock is not
allowed in the main campground, there are campsites for stock users outside the
main campground on the opposite side of Forest Rd. 561, with 5 sites adjacent to a
The campground offers a group picnic area with 5 double picnic tables, large
serving table, and cooking grills. For information on how to reserve this site in advance,
please contact the Dolores Public Lands Office.
Aspen Guard Station: North of Transfer Campground on West Mancos Road
(#561), this historical ranger station houses the San Juan National Forest Artist-in-
Residence Program. Applications are accepted annually from
January - March, with those selected residing at the cabin from
June - September. Visit the San Juan Web site for information
on how to apply at: www.fs.fed.us/r2/sanjuan/about.
Jersey Jim Lookout Tower: North of the Aspen Guard
Station on West Mancos Road (#561) is this historic fire lookout tower, available for
limited seasonal reservations through the nonprofit Jersey Jim Foundation by calling
970-533-7060. For information on the program, visit the San Juan Web site at: