River Hill Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

South west of Creede on forest road #520

River Hill Campground is located 28 miles west of Creede, Colorado at an elevation of 9,250 feet. The double loop campground is situated in a meadow surrounded by willows and spruce trees close to the banks of the River. Campers come here to fish for trout, camp by the river, and enjoy the beautiful views of the nearby forested hills and rock bluffs. Situated on the Rio Grande river just below Rio Grande Reservoir, this campground offers kayaking & fishing in the river, hiking in the San Juan mountains, and general peace & quiet. This campground has many sites that are screened well with trees. It is located adjacent to the Little Squaw Resort. Fishing is possible on the Rio Grande River, Squaw Creek, Weminuche Creek and Rio Grande Reservoir (2.3 miles to lower end). There is trail access to the Continental Divide and Weminuche Wilderness, via Weminuche Creek Trail 818 and Squaw Creek Trail 814.  Forest Road 533 is a nearby 4 WD road. Stage Station Flat is on Forest Road 533. In 1874 a Brewster Stage Line swing station was located here. This is a popular campground which remains full from mid-June through August. There are campground hosts stationed here. There are 20 sites which have a parking spur, table and fireplace ring. Most sites will accommodate any sized trailer up to 30 feet and some sites can take a 40 foot unit. 2 vault toilets, with lights, have been designed for handicapped, but not wheelchairs.
Drinking water is provided with two well hand pumps and sink water disposal is possible. Garbage cans are centrally grouped. Firewood may be provided by Concessionaire vendor or gathered nearby from Forest land. There is limited parking for fishermen not camping in a site. This is black bear country, so you must practice safe food storage techniques. . 
 At a Glance Scroll down to Information Center to see individual campsite details.  14 DAY CAMPING LIMIT.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open
Operational Hours: Closed and gated during the winter months. Open annually from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Reservations: Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance but they must be made at least four days prior to your intended arrival date. Reservations are available by internet  www.recreation.gov or by toll free phone call to 1 877-444-6777
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $26/night for single unit, $52/night for double unit,  $13 for day use picnicing.  Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance. Reservations and payment made through recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777
Permit Info: 20 sites, $22/Night for single unit, $44/Night for double unit,  $11 for day use picnicing.
Open Season: Memorial Day Weekend
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: June, July, August
Busiest Season: JULY
Restrictions: Near the Rio Grande Reservoir & Road Canyon Reservoir, boats allowed, no wakes, trolling motors OK, primitive boat ramp.  Also near the upper stretches of the Rio Grande River. Must have Colorado Fishing License to fish lakes and streams.
Closest Towns: Creede, Colorado
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: 2 vault toilets
Operated By: This campground is part of the NRRS. There are 18 units that can be reserved. These units are #1-18.
Information Center: Click here for site descriptions. Call 719-657-3321 or 719-658-2556 for real time information on conditions.

General Information

Directions: Directions from Creede: Travel southwest on Colorado Highway 149 for 20.1 miles, to the intersection of Colorado Highway 149 and Forest Road #520 (Rio Grande Reservoir Road), then 9.5 miles west on Road #520.

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Campground Camping

No. of Sites 20 single site(s)
Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at http://www.recreation.gov
No. of Accessible sites None

RV Camping

Some sites can accommodate up to a 40 ft. unit.


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Picnic tables
Drinking water
Interpretive Site summer programs
Boat ramp
Tent camping
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30 to 40 foot camper parking slots

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9250 - 9250