La Junta Canyon

Area Status: Closed

Fishing access.  Also popular with motorcylists Facilities: 8 family units, toilets, drinking water, trailer mobility - under 36' Attractions: Adjacent to Rito la Presa Fishing Trailhead to La Cueva Lake Trail #8 and Duran/Policarpio Trail #13.  A family unit consists of parking for at least 1 vehicle, a picnic table and a grill.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campers should bring their own water as it is currently not available.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
  • Campsite (includes parking for one vehicle) $12/night
  • Campsite for Senior or Access pass holders $6/night
  • Extra vehicle $6/night
  • Day use parking $6/day
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: 4 miles north east of Tres Ritos along Forest Road 76, off of State Highway 518.
Water: 3 pumps
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: For more information contact the Camino Real Ranger District.  

General Information


Four miles north east of Tres Ritos along Forest Road 76, off of State Highway 518.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Opens *May 15 through September 21 *weather permitting.  Eight campsites at elevation 9,400.

No. of Sites Eight sites
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

River and Stream Fishing

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and a few Rio Grande Cutthroat can be caught at La Junta.

Photo of La Junta

Photo of La Junta

Day Hiking

OHV Trail Riding


Camping trailer: Trailer mobility - under 36'
Picnic tables: Four in the Upper Canyon area
Tent camping: Eight family units.
Toilets: Two (one in Upper Canyon, one in Lower Canyon)
Drinking water: Three pumps

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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9,400 feet