Palisade Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

Located right on the Rio Grande River, this is the only campground in the canyon between Creede and South Fork. It is located adjacent to Colorado Highway 149 for easy access to travelers passing through. Active railroad tracks bisect the campground. Highway 149 runs along the northeast side of the campground and there is no screening between the two. There is some highway traffic year-around and occasionally a scenic railroad excursion passes through the campground. Some of the 12 sites are out in the open, while other sites are screened with cottonwoods/aspen/spruce/fir. There is a vault type toilet with lights that is accessible to the handicapped. Firewood is not provided but may be gathered on Forest lands in the area. There is ample overflow parking near the entrance sign. A host is usually stationed at the campground.  Fishing, and rafting are popular on the river. This is a popular area and heavily used in the summer.  It tends to stay full from mid-June through August.  Early afternoon arrival is recommended. The Rio Grande is considered a Trophy Fishing River and is very popular with rafters.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: WILL OPEN ON OR AFTER MAY 29. THIS CAMPGROUND IS OPEN YEAR AROUND UNLESS DEEP SNOW BLOCKS THE ACCESS ROAD.  FROM MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND THROUGH LABOR DAY THERE IS WATER, TRASH SERVICE, AND A FEE.    DURING THE OFF SEASON THERE IS NO WATER, TRASH MUST BE PACKED OUT, NO FEE.
Operational Hours: THIS CAMPGROUND IS OPEN YEAR AROUND UNLESS DEEP SNOW BLOCKS THE ACCESS ROAD.  FROM MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND THROUGH LABOR DAY THERE IS WATER, TRASH SERVICE, AND A FEE.    DURING THE OFF SEASON THERE IS NO WATER, TRASH MUST BE PACKED OUT, NO FEE.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $22/Night for single unit,  $11 for day use picnicing.   Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
Permit Info: 12 sites $22/Night for single unit, $11.00 per day for day use picnicking. 
Open Season: Mid-May - undefined
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Mid-June through August
Closest Towns: South Fork, CO
Water: Potable Water-Hand Pump
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Concessionaire - Divide Ranger District, 719-657-3321

General Information

Directions:

From South Fork, CO, take Hwy 149 west 7.3 miles to campground sign. Turn left into campground.

Directions from Creede, Colorado: Travel 12.1 miles southeast on Colorado Highway 149 to campground entrance.


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Trout fishing in the Rio Grande River
Fishing Methodbank
Water TemperatureIntermediate
Fish Speciesseasonal
Fishing ModeBrowns \& Rainbow Trout
Special DesignationsLures \& flies only
Water/Flow Levelcold

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Parking
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Location

 
  Latitude : 
37.75110036

  Longitude : 
-106.7644789

  Elevation : 
8350

 



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