Bristol Head Campground

Area Status: Closed

This campground contains 15 sites (11 are pull through) ranging from 35 to 55 feet in length. There are both dead end spurs and pull through sites. Sits in a meadow on a bench above South Clear Creek. A short trail from the campground leads to an overlook of the Clear Creek Canyons and a waterfall. The campground stretches 0.6 mile along a "bench" (a level area) above South Clear Creek. The grassy field between camping sites and creek are dotted with wildflowers. Every site has a view of towering mountains dominated by Bristol Head Peak. Spruce and Aspen line the meadow and provide some shade. The campground is an excellent area for viewing wildlife, especially moose. Quiet & secluded. Fishing in the creek nearby.  

14 Day Camping Limit.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed September 4, 2023
Reservations: None taken.
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Toilets, Drinking water
Fees: Single Site - $26 to $30/night.
$12 per day-use 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 through September
Busiest Season: July
Closest Towns: Creede, CO
Water: Potable water from hand pump
Restroom: 2 new vault toilets - Accessible
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center:  Visitors must have a Colorado fishing license to fish in nearby South Clear Creek.  Camp host may only be intermittently available. 

General Information

Directions: From Creede, CO, take Hwy 149 south (toward Lake City) 21.6 miles to North Clear Creek Road sign (Forest Rd. 510). Turn right at sign onto Rd. 510 (gravel) and go 0.3 miles to campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

15 sites
No. of Sites 15 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

RV Camping

Some sites can accommodate up to a 40 ft. unit.  Not too much shade is available but plenty of maneuver room for setting up large RVs.

River and Stream Fishing

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

Day Hiking

Trail from campground to a small waterfall - 1/4 mile.
Difficulty Level: Easy


Big Game Hunting

Open during hunting season - see Colorado Division of Wildlife regulations. Unit 76 hunting nearby
Species elk
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Viewing Wildlife

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

Viewing Plants


Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Scenery

Mountain views from each campsite
Special Feature short hike to small waterfall
Difficulty Level: Easy


Just 1/2 mile off Silverthread Scenic Byway - quiet & secluded

Difficulty Level: Easy

Group Picnicking

Just 1/2 mile off Silverthread Scenic Byway - quiet & secluded

Difficulty Level: Easy

Scenic Driving

Silver Thread Scenic Byway, highway 149. Improved forest roads (# 509, 510 \& 513) in area for sidetrips to North Clear Creek falls, Rito Hondo reservoir.
Pavement Type for Parking gravel
Vehicle Clearence good


Camping trailer:
Tent camping:
Drinking water:

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
55-foot-long trailer parking

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  Elevation : 
9500 - 9500