Cathedral Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

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Cathedral Campground is northwest of Del Norte and northeast of South Fork, on Embargo Creek. It was remodeled in 2010 and now has 22 sites.   17 are dead end spurs and 5 are pull throughs.  Sites vary from 35 to 45 feet in length.  This campground is located in a mature aspen and spruce  grove with a beautiful view of Cathedral Rock to the north. Embargo Creek flows alongside the east side of the grounds. There is ample fishing in Embargo Creek and hiking/horseback riding/mountain biking on Cathedral Creek Trail #794, Embargo Trail # 792 and Fremont's Camp Trail #885. Motorcycles may use both Cathedral and Embargo Trails. ATV’s are not allowed on the trails.The campground is composed of two large loops along Cathedral Creek. The left hand loop features a large meadow and a few open sites. The right hand loop has a dense Aspen and spruce (including Blue) woods and a more rustic feel.  Scroll down to Information Center for individual site details.

John Charles Fremont's winter camp is nearby. He attempted an ill-fated expedition across the Rocky Mountains for a transcontinental railroad route in late 1848.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: NO POTABLE WATER,  can filter water from nearby creek. Open until closed by snow, no trash service   PACK IN - PACKOUT
Operational Hours: Will stay open until deep snows physically shut it down usually by December 15th.  No Trash Service is provided........pack trash out.
Reservations: NONE TAKEN
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees NO FEE
Permit Info: 22 sites including 5 pull through sites and 17 dead end spur sites.  Must have State Fishing Licence to fish. 
Open Season: Mid-APRIL - Mid December
Usage: Light
Best Season: June to September
Busiest Season: July
Restrictions: Must have State Fishing Licence to fish Embargo Creek
Closest Towns: South Fork, CO
Water: NO
Restroom: 1 New Vault Toilet Accessible
Operated By: Forest Service - Divide Ranger District, 719-657-3321
Information Center: Click here for description of each site.

General Information

Directions:

From Del Norte, Colorado: Travel 8.75 miles west on U.S. Highway 160. Take Embargo Creek access road  north and east for 5.0 miles to Forest Road # 650. Take FR # 650 north for 3.0 miles to FR #640.  Follow # 640 west/northwest 7.0 miles to campground entrance.

 From South Fork, CO, take US 160 east 5.3 miles to Embargo Creek Rd. and County Rd. 18 signs. Turn left onto Rd. 18 and go 1.4 miles to a "T" intersection (County Rd. 15). Turn right onto Rd. 15 and go 0.3 miles to another "T" intersection (County Rd. 65) Turn left onto Rd. 65 and go 3.2 miles to "Y" intersection (Forest Rd. 640/650). Bear left onto Rd. 640 (dirt, single lane with no turnouts) 7.6 miles to campground sign. Right at sign into campground.


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Campground Camping

22 sites including 5 pull through sites

Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Sites 22 single site(s)
No. of Accessible sites None
Status: Open

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Picnicking

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Winter Sports

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Amenities

Camping trailer
Toilets
Accessible
Picnic tables
Tent camping
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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
  30 to 45 feet
  Latitude : 
37.8219922
  Longitude : 
-106.60486
  Elevation : 
9400 - 9400