North Fork Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

This campground is the highest elevation campground on the Salida Ranger District. The elevation is 11,000 feet and the campsites are situated on the north shore of the North Fork Reservoir. The campground is small with only 9 sites. The road to the campground is very rough and not recommended for vehicles towing trailers. High clearance vehicles are a requirement for reaching this campground.

Reservations are not taken for this campground.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: This is a first-come, first-served campground. No reservation is needed.
$18.00 fee per site for overnight camping. Two (2) vehicles is included in the camping fee. $6.00 for a third vehicle. 
$6.00 fee for day use if not camping overnight.
Fees are payable by cash, check or money order. Self-servicing fee tube is available.
First-come, first-served sites must be occupied the SAME NIGHT.
Golden Age and Golden Access Cardholder: 50% discount off the camping fee only.
Open Season: 06/05/2015
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to this campground:
  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • No discharge of firearms or fireworks.
  • Only licensed vehicles can operate inside campground.
  • Camping is NOT ALLOWED behind a LOCKED GATE.
Closest Towns: Salida, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Vault toilet

The Interagency Senior Pass (previously known as the Golden Age Pass) and the Interagency Access Pass qualifies for a 50% discount at concessionaire run campsites. The discount only applies to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass owner, not to any additional campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass owner's party.

Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company
Information Center: Visit Salida Ranger District or call at (719) 539-3591. 
Peak season: 05/15-09/14; Post season: 09/15-09/28. Peak season is a full-service time period. Post season has reduced service such as water, trash, or a host may not be available.

General Information


From Salida, CO, travel west for 5 miles to Poncha Springs, CO then continue west on Highway 50 for 6 miles to County Road 240. Turn right on CR 240 and stay on this road for 3 miles to the Angel of Shavano campground. From the campground the road continues west for 6 miles to the North Fork reservoir and campground.


This campground is not universally accessible.

General Notes:

The road from Angel of Shavano campground is extremely rocky and rough. High clearance vehicles are recommend.


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During peak season, the campground has full service. Pre- and post seasons have reduced services such as vault toilets, water, trash, or a host may not be available.


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11,000 feet