Luders Creek Campground

Area Status: Open
typical site

The campground has 5 sites, 3 are pull through. There are 3 corrals for horses and other stock. This is a good area for big game hunting season. Mountain biking & 4WD driving on area roads. The most common trees are Engelmann Spruce and quaking Aspen. The road leading to the campground is itself of historical significance. It was one of the famous toll roads leading west from Saguache built by Otto Mears in 1876. Attractions include big game hunting, other dirt roads and the Cochetopa Pass on the Continental Divide. Continental Divide Trail is found 1 mile west. Horse camping is allowed.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open early May through early November.
Operational Hours: Open May 16, 2024 to November 24, 2024.
Reservations: First Come, First Serve.
Rentals & Guides: Upper Crossing Guard Station cabin $75.00 per night/
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Toilets
Fees: Single site - $10/night.
Day use - $10/day (picnicking).
Fee envelopes and a collection box are provided near the entrance.
Open Season: Mid May - November
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Fires in designated fire rings only.
Closest Towns: Saguache, CO
Water: NO
Restroom: YES - outside vault
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: No water or trash services. No drinking water for humans.
The area has a designated watering area for stock in Luders Creek.

General Information

Directions: Directions from Saguache, Colorado: Take Colorado Highway 114 northwest for 22.0 miles. Next, take Forest Road #750(County Road NN 14) west/northwest for 11 miles to Luders Creek Campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 6 single site(s)/3 sites have corrals for horses and other stock.
Reservation Info Not reservable
Fire Information
No. of Accessible sites None

RV Camping

Most sites can accommodate units up to 25' in length

River and Stream Fishing

fishing in nearby streams
Fishing Mode bank
Water Temperature cold
Fishing Method Flies, lures \& bait where allowed
Water/Flow Level seasonal

Day Hiking

Continental Divide Trail 1 mile west of campground.


Continental Divide Trail 1 mile west of campground

Horse Camping

Three stock-friendly campsites have been added to the Rio Grande National Forest’s Luders Creek Campground. Each campsite includes a corral and adequate parking for trailers. The campground is a good staging area for the nearby Colorado Trail and Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.  No privately owned animals at any developed recreation sites on the Saguache Ranger District EXCEPT Luders Campground.   


Equestrians are asked to abide by these rules, which apply to horses, mules, donkeys, llamas and other pack animals:

  • Use only certified weed-free hay and processed feed.
  • No grazing is allowed in or around the campground.
  • Stay on hard surfaces at all times in the campground and on trails.
  • No picketing, hobbling or tying livestock to natural features, such as trees, bushes or rocks. Use hitching rails, horse trailers or outside fences of corrals for temporary tethering—and corrals for keeping stock overnight.
  • A watering site is available in Luders Creek. Please follow signs, lead stock to water and stay in the hard-surfaced area. Other than at the watering site, stock is not allowed within ¼ mile of the creek. (Note: There is no drinking water for humans at the campground, so be sure to bring plenty.)
  • Clean up after your stock and take manure with you to dispose of properly. Pack it in, pack it out.
  • No riding in the campground. Saddle your horses and lead them (and any pack stock) to the road or trails. All stock must be under your control at all times.
  • Have respect for other campers who don’t have horses—and remember that they may not know how to act around stock.

Horse Riding

Big Game Hunting

Open during hunting season - see Colorado Division of Wildlife regulations. Unit 68
Species deer, elk

OHV Road Riding

OHV riding allowed on forest roads.  Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available at all Rio Grande National Forest offices.

Class of Vehicle 4WD, ATV \& motorcycle

Scenic Driving


Camping trailer: RV Camping

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