Cathedral Campground

Area Status: Open
typical site 10

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 through sites.  The 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) forest 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: Single Site - $10/night
Day use - $10 (picnicking)
Envelopes and fee tube are available near the entrance.
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
Information Center: No potable water is available.
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 >

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

#792 Embargo Creek Trail
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Campground Camping

22 sites including 5 pull through sites

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

River and Stream Fishing

Trout fishing in streams and beaver pond
Fish Species seasonal
Fishing Mode Brook Trout
Special Designations Flies, lures \& bait where allowed
Water Temperature Easy to Intermediate
Water/Flow Level cold

Day Hiking

Three nearby trails, Embargo #792, Cathedral #794 and Freemont's Camp # 885
Elevation desc #792-8,500' to 12,000', #794-9,400' to 10,960', #885-9,400' to Fremont's Christmas camp Dec. 1848.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate


Horse Riding

Three nearby trails - Embargo #792, Cathedral # 794 \& Fremonts Camp #885, these trails are also used by motorcycles. No grazing available, guest is responsible to bring certified weed free hay or pelletized feed. You may use portable panels or electric fence to corral horses outside the campground.
Water Availability nearby creeks
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Big Game Hunting

Open during hunting season - see Colorado Division of Wildlife regulations. Unit 79, access to Embargo Creek drainage
Species antelope, deer, elk
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Viewing Wildlife

Wildlife viewing
Species elk, deer, antelope, small birds \& mammals
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

OHV Trail Riding

Motorcycle trails up Embargo #792 \& Cathedral #794. ATVs NOT ALLOWED - too narrow \& hazardous
Staging Area no
Class of Vehicle Motorcycle
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


Secluded tables in Aspen grove a good choice for solitude \& quiet
Difficulty Level: Easy

Group Picnicking

Secluded tables in Aspen grove a good choice for solitude \& quiet
Difficulty Level: Easy

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

snowshoe trails near campground

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
30 to 45 feet

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  Elevation : 
9400 - 9400