Road Canyon Campground

Area Status: Open
South West of Creede on forest road #520

This small campground, located at the head of Road Canyon Reservoir, usually has vacancy when other upriver campgrounds are full. The area is in a fully open meadow, with no trees, and it is not screened from Rio Grande Reservoir Road. It has 6 camping units, each with a parking spur, table, and fire ring. An undeveloped overflow camping area is directly across the road. A vault type toilet is provided, but no trash receptacles (Please pack out your trash).  No firewood or drinking water are available. There is fishing access and a boat launch at Road Canyon Reservoir.  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Full service ends on September 24, 2023. Shoulder season fees apply after that. No potable water will be available. Open Year-Round. May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Operational Hours: Open year around normally but usually drifted in with heavy snow from December through end of April.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: Single site - $26 to $30/night.
Day use - $12/day (picnicking).
Shoulder season - $10/night (after Labor Day)
Fee envelopes and a collection box located near the entrance.
Permit Info: 6 sites / no fee
Open Season: April
Usage: Light
Best Season: June through September
Busiest Season: JULY
Restrictions: On Road Canyon Reservoir, boats allowed, no wakes, trolling motors OK, primitive boat ramp
Closest Towns: Creede
Water: No
Restroom: 1 vault toilets
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Directions from Creede: Travel southwest fro, Creede on Highway 149 for about 20 miles, to the intersection of Highway 149 and Forest Road 520 (Rio Grande Reservoir Road), then drive almost 6 miles west on FR 520.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

6 sites

Lake and Pond Fishing

Road Canyon reservoir
Fishing Mode boats with trolling motors allowed-no wakes
Fish Species Rainbow \& Brook trout stocked
Water Temperature cold
Fishing Method flies, lures and bait where allowed
Water/Flow Level seasonal
Difficulty Level: Easy

Ice Fishing

Year round fishing at Road Canyon Reservoir
Fish Species seasonal
Special Designations Flies, lures \& bait where allowed
Fishing Mode Brook \& Rainbow trout
Water/Flow Level Easy

Day Hiking

Easy access to day hiking up Long Canyon
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


Big Game Hunting

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

Game Bird/Waterfowl

Viewing Wildlife

Wildlife viewing
Species deer, elk and water fowl
Difficulty Level: Easy


Access off forest road 520
Difficulty Level: Easy

Boating - Motorized

Road Canyon resevoir, trolling motors allowed - no wake

Difficulty Level: Easy

Boating - Non-Motorized

Road Canyon reservoir, trolling motors allowed - no wake
Difficulty Level: Easy


Snowmobile \& Ice fishing on Road Canyon reservoir - road 520 plowed
Difficulty Level: Easy

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
50 foot trailer parking slots

  Latitude : 

  Longitude : 

  Elevation :