Palisade Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

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: OPEN FOR THE SEASON. No water or trash service after Labor Day until Memorial weekend.
Operational Hours: Open until snow closes access road.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $20/Night for single unit Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
Permit Info: 12 sites / $20.00 - overnight
Open Season: Mid-May
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


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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Fishing Methodbank
Water TemperatureIntermediate
Fish Speciesseasonal
Fishing ModeBrowns \& Rainbow Trout
Special DesignationsLures \& flies only
Water/Flow Levelcold


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