Cross Creek Campground

Area Status: Open

There are 12 sites located on both side of Cross Creek just above the Beaver Reservoir inlet.  Fishing in nearby Beaver Reservoir and Beaver Creek. Hiking or ATV riding up Cross Creek Trail. Cross Creek Campground is in the Beaver Creek drainage southwest of the town of South Fork. Fishing sites include Beaver Creek and Beaver Reservoir (1/4 mile north). Cross Creek Trail 512 has the biggest Douglas fir tree in the Rio Grande National Forest. The facilities include 12 sites with tables and fireplaces (firewood is not provided), vault type toilet, trash cans, ample parking for cars, but turn around and parking space for trailers is limited. There is an RV waste station next to the Rainbow Grocery at intersection of US Rt. 160 and State Rt. 149 in South Fork, CO - no fee. Beaver Creek Reservoir is 300 acres - no wake boating.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Full service ends on September 24, 2023. Shoulder season fees apply after that. No potable water will be available.
Operational Hours: This campground is open year-round as the main access road is plowed in the winter. 
Reservations: None taken
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees: Single Site - $27 to $29/night
Special Site - $34 to $36/night
Shoulder Season - $10/night (After Labor Day weekend)
Day use - $12/day (picnicking).  
Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.  
Open Season: Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend
Usage: Light
Best Season: June to September
Busiest Season: July
Restrictions: On Beaver Creek Reservoir, boats are allowed, no wakes, motors OK, concrete boat ramp. Must have a Colorado fishing license to fish the reservoir or creeks. ATV use on the Cross Creek Trail is limited to registered (with Colorado State Parks) machines 50 inches wide or less. UTV's are not allowed on the trail, must stay on the roads system.
Closest Towns: South Fork, Colorado
Restroom: 2 Vault Toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Camp host may only be intermittently available. 

General Information

Directions: In South Fork, CO, at intersection of Hwy 149 and US 160, take US 160 west 1.4 miles to Beaver Creek Rd. sign (Forest Rd. 20). Turn left onto Beaver Creek Rd. and go 6.4 miles to campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground. NOTE: Forest Rd. 20 becomes gravel after 4 miles.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

#812-Cross Creek Trail
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Campground Camping

12 sites
No. of Sites 8 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

Lake and Pond Fishing

Beaver Creek reservoir
Fish Species Kokanee salmon, Rainbow \& Brown trout
Special Designations accessible
Fishing Mode concrete boat ramp
Water Temperature cold
Fishing Method flies, lures and bait where allowed
Water/Flow Level seasonal
Difficulty Level: Easy

River and Stream Fishing

Trout fishing in streams and Beaver Creek reservoir
Fish Species seasonal
Special Designations Flies, lures \& bait where allowed
Fishing Mode Rainbow \& Brook trout stocked
Water Temperature Easy
Fishing Method bank
Water/Flow Level cold

Ice Fishing

Year round fishing at Beaver Creek Reservoir
Fish Species seasonal
Fishing Mode Kokanee salmon, Rainbow \& Brown trout
Special Designations Flies, lures \& bait where allowed
Fishing Platform accessible
Water/Flow Level Easy

Day Hiking

#812-Cross Creek trail and Big Tree trail south of campground takes you to the largest tree in the Rio Grande NF - 66" diameter
Elevation desc # 812-8,400-9,000
Difficulty Level: Easy


Horse Riding

Trail #812 - this trails are also used by motorcycles \& ATVs. 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: Easy

Big Game Hunting

Open during hunting season - see Colorado Division of Wildlife regulations. Unit 80
Species deer, elk
Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Wildlife

OHV Road Riding

OHV Trail Riding

#812 motorcycles \& ATVs allowed
Staging Area no
Class of Vehicle ATV \& motorcycle
Difficulty Level: Easy


Picnic tables near lake shore \& boat ramp
Difficulty Level: Easy

Group Picnicking

Picnic tables near lake shore \& boat ramp
Difficulty Level: Easy

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized


Groomed snowmobile trails on road 360


Camping trailer:
Picnic tables:
Tent camping:

Related Information

Recreation Areas

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some are 40 feet long, Most just 30 feet

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  Elevation : 
8800 - 8800