Lost Trail Campground

Area Status: Open
On Forest road #520, west end of RG reservoir

This isolated campground is located 38.2 miles southwest of Creede on Forest Road 520. There are numerous attractions to tempt the camper.  Nearby Trails include: access to the Continental Divide, Lost Trail Creek Trail 821 to Carson City Mining area, West Lost Creek Trail 821 to Cataract Lake (A National Scenic Trail), Heart Lake Trail 823 to Heart Lake and Ute Creek Trail 819 to the Weminuche Wilderness. The 4 WD roads are Stony Pass (Forest Road 520) and Beartown/Kite Lake (Forest Road 506).  Lost Trail Creek, Ute Creek and one mile from the upper end of Rio Grande Reservoir are all accessible fishing sites. The Lost Trail Guest Ranch is adjacent to the campground. Do not use the private land footbridge on the Sky Hi Ranch for any purpose. The campground facilities have 7 sites, each with a parking spur, table and fire ring. A vault type toilet is provided. The drinking system, which is a well, is now CLOSED , because the water will not test as safe. Firewood and refuse receptacles are not provided. There is only limited maneuvering for RV's and trailers and most of the spurs and pull-throughs  are short and cannot accommodate large RV's or trailers. The access road above Rio Grande Reservoir is also narrow and sometimes rough.  Screening and trees are limited. The campground is usually busy from mid-June through the end of August.  Scroll down to Information Center to see individual site descriptions.   14 DAY CAMPING LIMIT.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Full service ends on September 24, 2023.
Shoulder season fees apply after that. No potable water will be available.
Operational Hours: No water or trash services. Open all year, but this campground is usually physically closed by deep winter snows and closed access roads from November through May 15th of each year.  .
Reservations: First come, first serve.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees: Single Site - $26 - $30/night.
Day Use - $12 (picnicking)
Fee envelopes and collection box located near the entrance. Shoulder season - $10/night
Permit Info: 7 sites - 3 are pull through sites, 4 are dead end spurs.
Open Season: May 15
Usage: Light
Best Season: June-Sept
Busiest Season: July
Restrictions: Near Rio Grande Reservoir, boats allowed, no wakes, trolling motors OK, primitive boat ramp.  Must have a Colorado Fishing license to fish in nearby streams and reservoirs.  Must have Colorado ATV registration stickers if using ATV's on nearby Lost Trail or Stony Pass Road.
Closest Towns: Creede, CO
Water: NO - water did not test potable
Restroom: 1 Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Click here for site descriptions Call 719-657-3321 or 719-658-2556 for real time information on conditions in the area.

General Information

Directions: Directions from Creede, Colorado: Travel 19 miles southwest on Colorado Highway 149 to Forest Road 520 (Rio Grande Reservoir Road). Take Road 520 west for 18.1 miles. The Campground is on the south side of the main road.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

#821-Lost Trail Creek Trail \& forest road #520 to Stoney Pass
Difficulty Level: Easy

Campground Camping

No. of Sites 7 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

Lake and Pond Fishing

Rio Grande Reservoir
Fish Species Rainbow, Brown, Brook \& Cutthroat trout
Water Temperature cold
Fishing Method Lures \& flies only
Water/Flow Level seasonal
Difficulty Level: Easy

River and Stream Fishing

Rio Grande Reservoir \& Lost Trail Creek
Fish Species seasonal
Fishing Mode Brook Trout
Special Designations Flies, lures \& bait where allowed
Water Temperature Easy
Water/Flow Level cold

Ice Fishing

Rio Grande Reservoir
Fish Species seasonal
Special Designations Lures \& flies only
Fishing Mode Rainbow, Brown, Brook \& Cutthhroat trout
Water/Flow Level Easy

Day Hiking

#821 - Lost Trail Creek Trail \& # 819-Ute Creek Trail into Weminuche Wilderness \& Continental Divide Trail
Elevation desc #819-9,600' to 11,800' 12.1 miles, #821-9,750' to 12,350' 11 miles
Difficulty Level: Intermediate


#821 - Lost Trail Creek Trail \& # 819-Ute Creek Trail into Weminuche Wilderness \& Continental Divide Trail
Elevation desc #819-9,600' to 11,800' 12.1 miles, #821-9,750' to12,350' 11 miles
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding

Trails - #821 this trail is also signed for motorcycle \& ATV use. # 819 Ute Creek Trail - into the Weminuche Wilderness. No grazing available, guest is responsible to bring certified weed free hay or pelletized feed. You may use portable panels or electric fence to corral horses outside the campground.
Water Availability nearby creeks
Difficulty Level: Easy

Big Game Hunting

Open during hunting season - see Colorado Division of Wildlife regulations. Unit 76, easy access to Upper Rio Grande Basin, Weminuche Wilderness and Continental Divide
Species deer, elk
Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Wildlife

OHV Trail Riding

#821-ATVs, # 822, 787, 820-motocycles and road 520 to Stoney Pass
Staging Area no
Class of Vehicle ATV \& motorcycle
Difficulty Level: Easy


Beautifull area at the top of the Rio Grande Reservoir
Difficulty Level: Easy

Scenic Driving

Forest road #520 over Stoney Pass can take you to Silverton, beautiful mountain views of the Rio Grande Pyamid and Window, above the reservoir becomes a 4x4 road with good clearance required.
Pavement Type for Parking gravel
Vehicle Clearence good


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Picnic tables:
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Current Conditions


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35 feet max

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  Elevation : 
9600 - 9600