Rio Grande Campground

Area Status: Open
South west of Creede on highway 149

This is a small, developed camping area in a grassy meadow, right on the banks of the Rio Grande River. It is not recommended for large RVs or long/wide trailers because the access road going down into the site is narrow and steep. The area offers fishing access to the Rio Grande River, and is a put in – take out point for summer rafting.  Even though the grounds sit next to State highway 149, there is little highway noise as the campsites sits down below the road in the river bottom. The river is very near the campground and is a safety hazard to children if unsupervised. Be careful.   

The area has 7 camp sites with picnic tables and fireplace rings. Three sites are gravel pull-throughs and four sites are dead-end gravel spurs. Download campsite descriptions (.docx).

Elevation is 8,800 feet. A volunteer host is on-site.

Camping limit is 14 days.

Amenities: No trash facilities, you must Pack Out all Trash. No potable water. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible/closed due to Weather, Snow or Muddy Season.
Operational Hours: Year-round, weather dependent. May be get snowed in Dec-April. Access road may be closed between March 1st and May 15th for the mud season. 
Reservations: First come, first serve.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees: Single site - $10/night.
Day use - $10/day (picnicking).
Fee envelopes and a collection box located near the entrance.
Open Season: Year round- Weather dependent
Usage: Light
Best Season: June-September
Busiest Season: July
  • Must have a Colorado Fishing License to fish in the river. 
  • Area not recommended for large RVs or long/wide trailers due to narrow and steep access road.
Closest Towns: Creede, Colorado
Water: No potable water
Restroom: Vault Toilets (2)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Divide Ranger District, (719) 657-3321. Call district or (719) 658-2556 for real time information on conditions.

General Information


From Creede, CO go 8.5 miles west on CO Highway 149, then follow signs to Rio Grande Fisherman's Area

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 7 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

River and Stream Fishing

Trout fishing in the Rio Grande River
Fish Species seasonal
Special Designations Lures \& flies only
Fishing Mode Browns \& Rainbow Trout
Water Temperature Easy
Fishing Method bank
Water/Flow Level cold

Ice Fishing



10 miles south west of Hwy 149, Silver Thread Scenic Byway. Just off forest road 520.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Scenic Driving

Silver Thread Scenic Byway, highway 149.
Pavement Type for Parking gravel
Vehicle Clearence good

Boating - Non-Motorized

Put in and take out for rafters.  Water is swift with some rapids.


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