Rio Grande Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

South west of Creede on highway 149

Elevation is 8,800 feet.  7 sites of which 3 are gravel pull throughs and 4 are dead end gravel  spurs.

This is a small, developed camping area in a grassy meadow, right on the banks of the Rio Grande River. It is not recommended for large RVs or long/wide trailers because the access road going down into the site is narrow and steep.  The recently remodeled (2010) area has 7 camp sites with picnic tables and fireplace rings.  No trash facilities, so you must Pack Out all trash.  Pit toilets, NO POTABLE WATER. Volunteer host!  The river is right there and is a safety hazard to children if unsupervised.  Be careful !    14 DAY CAMING LIMIT.

The area offers fishing access to the Rio Grande River, and is a put in – take out point for summer rafting.  Even though the grounds sit next to State highway 149, there is little highway noise as the campsites sit down below the road in the river bottom. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: NO WATER - Open unless winter weather or muddy road closes access.  Normally open year around for camping and river access.  May be physically snowed in Dec-April.  Access road may be closed between March 15th and May 15th for the mud season.
Operational Hours: Normally open year around for camping and river access.  May be physically snowed in Dec-April.  Access road may be closed between March 1st and May 15th for the mud season. ....No Toilet Services or Water.
Reservations: None taken.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees There is no fee charged for this campground
Permit Info: 7 sites / no fee, volunteer host
Open Season: May 15 - December 1
Usage: Light
Best Season: June-September
Busiest Season: July
Restrictions: Road can not handle large RV's.......too narrow and steep. Must have a Colorado Fishing License to fish in the river.
Closest Towns: Creede, Colorado
Water: NO
Restroom: 2 vault toilets
Operated By: Forest Service - Divide Ranger District, 719-657-3321
Information Center: Click here for site descriptions. Call 719-657-3321 or 719-658-2556 for real time information on conditions.

General Information

Directions: From Creede, go 8.5 miles west on CO 149, then follow signs to Rio Grande Fisherman's Area

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Reservation InfoNot reservable
No. of Sites7 single site(s)
No. of Accessible sitesNone


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