Cathedral Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

typical site 10

No potable water available.

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: Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Operational Hours: Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Reservations: First Come-First Serve
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees No Charge
Permit Info: 22 sites including 5 pull through sites and 17 dead end spur sites.  Must have State Fishing Licence to fish. 
Usage: Light
Best Season: June to September
Busiest Season: July
Closest Towns: South Fork, CO,  and Del Norte, CO
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet Accessible
Operated By: Forest Service - Divide Ranger District, 719-657-3321
Information Center: Click here for description of each site.

General Information


From Del Norte, Colorado: Travel 8.75 miles west on U.S. Highway 160to Embargo Creek Rd. and County Rd. 18 signs. Turn right 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.. 

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 follow directions above from >

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