Palisade Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

On the Rio Grande River, this is the only campground between Creede and South Fork. It is located adjacent to Colorado Highway 149 for easy access to travelers passing through. Highway 149 runs along the northeast side of the campground and there is no screening between the two,  there is heavy highway traffic year-around. Some of the 12 sites are open, while other sites are screened with cottonwoods/aspen/spruce/fir. There is a vault type toilet with lights that is accessible to the handicapped, but not to those in wheelchairs. Firewood is not provided. There is ample parking. A host is stationed at the campground and campfire programs are presented periodically in the summer. Fishing, tubing, and rafting in the river.This is a popular area and heavily used, it tends to stay full from mid-June through August, early afternoon arrival is recommended. The Rio Grande is considered a Trophy Fishing River and is very popular with rafters.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open until weather closes access. No water or trash service after Labor Day.
Operational Hours: Open until snow closes access road.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $18/Night for single unit Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
Permit Info: 12 sites / $18.00 - overnight
Open Season: Mid-May
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Mid-June through August
Closest Towns: South Fork, CO
Water: Potable Water-Hand Pump
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Concessionaire - Divide Ranger District, 719-657-3321

General Information


From South Fork, CO, take Hwy 149 west 7.3 miles to campground sign. Turn left into campground.

Directions from Creede, Colorado: Travel 12.1 miles southeast on Colorado Highway 149 to campground entrance.

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Campground Camping

12 sites
Reservation InfoNot reservable
No. of Sites12 single site(s)
No. of Accessible sitesNone

RV Camping

Some sites can accomodate up to a 36 ft. unit.


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