Park Creek Campground

Area Status: Closed
Sout west of South Fork on highway 160

This small campground stretches along the banks of the south fork of the Rio Grande River among mature spruce and cottonwood trees. Many sites are adjacent to the river. US Highway 160 is very close by so some traffic noise is common day and night. With heavy understory, the campground has the feel of spacious seclusion and is very cool and shady. 
This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques.

There is fishing nearby in the South Fork of the Rio Grande and Park Creek. Wolf Creek Pass is 9.5 miles west from the campground. The facilities include 13 newly remodeled gravel sites with tables and steel fireplace rings (firewood is not provided), 2 vault type toilets, a centralized refuse bin and a developed drinking water system with hand pumps (in season) and adequate turn around and parking space for trailers.  This is a great nightly stop over campground for travelers on US Highway 160. 

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closes September 24, 2023
Reservations: First come, first serve.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees: Single site - $27 to $31/night.
Double site - $54 to $58/night.
$12 for day use picnicking. 
Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
Permit Info: There are 13 campsites, including some wider sites, which can accommodate larger RV's.
Open Season: Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day
Usage: Light
Best Season: June through August
Busiest Season: July
Restrictions: Must have a Colorado fishing license to fish in the South Fork of the Rio Grande.
Closest Towns: South Fork, Colorado
Water: Yes
Restroom: 2 Vault Toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Click here for site descriptions. Call 719-657-3321 for real-time information.  Camp host may only be intermittently available. 

General Information

Directions: In South Fork, CO, at intersection of State 149 and US 160, take Rd. 160 west 7.8 miles to Park Creek campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

Lake and Pond Fishing

4 miles to Big Meadows reservoir
Fishing Mode Good trail all around the lake shore, accessible fishing pier
Special Designations accessible
Fish Species Rainbow \& Brook trout stocked
Water Temperature cold
Fishing Method flies, lures and bait where allowed
Water/Flow Level seasonal
Difficulty Level: Easy

River and Stream Fishing

Access down to the South Fork of the Rio Grande River
Fish Species seasonal
Special Designations Flies, lures \& bait where allowed
Water Temperature Easy
Fishing Method bank
Water/Flow Level cold

Ice Fishing



Easy access off Hwy 160
Difficulty Level: Easy

Scenic Driving

Access to Hwy 160 and scenic drive over Wolf Creek Pass, Continental Divide \& Lobo Overlook
Pavement Type for Parking gravel
Vehicle Clearence good

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

On Park Creek road.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


On Park Creek road.


Camping trailer:
Picnic tables:
Tent camping:
Drinking water:

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Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
35 to 45 feet

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  Elevation : 
8500 - 8500