Thirty Mile Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

West of Creede on forest road # 520

Thirty Mile Campground is nestled on the banks of the Rio Grande River, just a short mile from the Rio Grande Reservoir. The location is perfect for anyone who loves to spend time in the water, fishing, canoeing/kayaking and swimming. There is an Amphitheater where Campfire programs are periodically presented during the summer and nature trails. There are two trailheads that take you into the Weminuche Wilderness. Climbing and backpacking/horse packing in the San Juan mountains.

The campground is located in a wooded meadow situated between the Rio Grande River and Squaw Creek with some sites overlooking the creek. All sites are nestled among mature spruce or Aspen trees. The campground is adjacent to the Weminuche Wilderness with two trailheads (Squaw Creek # 814 and Weminuche Pass # 818) that link to the Contenental Divide National Scenic Trail and are accessed just below the Rio Grande Reservoir. This campground is very popular with both fishermen and hikers accessing a wilderness experience.

Firewood is available for a fee.

There is ample parking for fishermen and backpackers. No stock unloading or horse trailers are permitted, but 1/2 and 3/4 miles east , adjacent to Forest Road 250, pack stock can be unloaded and stock trailers can be parked near some public corrals.

This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Operational Hours: Campground is open year-round - unless snow blocks access. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend there is water, trash service and a fee. After Labor Day, there is no water or fee and you must pack out your trash. 
Reservations: Reservations can be made for Memorial through Labor Day weekend and up to 6 months in advance but they must be made four days prior to your arrival date. 29 sites can be reserved. To reserve: or call 877-444-6777
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees $26/night for single unit, $31/nigh with electric, $52/night for double unit. $13 for day use (picnic).  Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
Permit Info: 35 sites - 9 are pull through sites. Double sites can accomodate up to 16 people.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: June through September
Busiest Season: July
Restrictions: On Rio Grande Reservoir and  Road Canyon Reservoirs, boats allowed, no wakes, trolling motors OK, primitive boat ramp
Closest Towns: Creede, Colorado
Water: YES
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Scenic Canyons
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General Information

Directions: From Creede, CO, take State 149 south (toward Lake City) 19.3 miles to Rio Grande Reservoir sign (Forest Rd. 520). Turn left onto Rd. 520 and go 0.5 miles to a "Y" intersection. Bear left onto a dirt road, staying on Rd. 520, and go 10.8 miles to campground sign. Left turn into campground.

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

35 sites- 29 sites can be reserved

RV Camping

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


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