Recreation

Recreation on the Rio Grande National Forest

From the Sangre de Cristo to the San Juan Mountains, the jagged peaks and rushing rivers of the San Luis Valley public lands wrap themselves around this Rocky Mountain basin. Whether viewing the mountain scenery from roads or finding a challenge on trails, visitors discover solitude and self-reliance through uncrowded year-round recreation opportunities.

The Rio Grande National Forest forms the scenic backdrop to the San Luis Valley. With a landscape of high peaks, geological wonders, and steep river canyons, the spectacular scenery beckons adventures from near and far. 

Rio Grande National Forest offers a number of accessible recreational facilities and visitor discounts with the Interagency Access Pass for fees charged on national forests.

While many campgrounds are on a first-come basis, you can make reservations for some campgrounds.  In addition there are eight cabins that are available for rental. To make reservations call: 877-444-6777 go to recreation.gov

Information on proposed recreation fee increases.

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alamosa Campground Open to Visitor CAMPGROUND HAS A RESTROOM. - NO WATER, NO TRASH SERVICE- PACK IN- PACK OUT! This campground stays open until weather closes it.
Aspen Glade Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season
Big Meadows Campground and Picnic Area Closed to Visitor Summer-Open. Winter-Limited campsites with no restrooms water or trash.
Big Meadows Reservoir Boating Site Open to Visitor The lake is usually Ice Free by May and is then open until November.
Bristol Head Campground Closed to Visitor
Buffalo Pass Campground Closed to Visitor NO WATER -  PACK IN/PACK OUT.
Cathedral Campground Open to Visitor Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Comstock Campground Open to Visitor Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Conejos Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for the season.
Cross Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Elk Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Closed for season.
Elk Creek Overflow Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Highway Springs Campground Closed to Visitor
Ivy Creek Campground Open to Visitor Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Lake Fork Campground Open to Visitor Open
Lost Trail Campground Open to Visitor Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels and road closure from November-May 15.
Lower Beaver Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Sites 1-5 remain open during the Winter, but Trash, Water or restrooms are not provided.  May become inaccessible due to snow levels.
Luders Creek Campground Closed to Visitor NO WATER - PACK IN/PACK OUT. No drinking water for humans. Has designated watering area for stock in Luders Creek.
Marshall Park Campground Closed to Visitor
Mix Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Due to the Spruce Beetle Infestation, Mixed Lake will be closed for approximately 3-5 years. Conejos Campground, located next to Spectacle Lake, will be partially open during this time.
Mogote - Juniper Group Camping Site Closed to Visitor
Mogote Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
North Clear Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
North Crestone Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Anticipated opening on May, 27, 2021
Palisade Campground Open to Visitor Open Year-Round. May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Park Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Poso Campground Closed to Visitor NO WATER -   PACK IN/PACK OUT.
Rio Grande Campground Open to Visitor Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible/closed due to Weather, Snow or Muddy Season.
River Hill Campground Closed to Visitor
Road Canyon Campground Open to Visitor Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Rock Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due snow levels.
Silver Thread Campground Open to Visitor Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Spectacle Lake Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Stone Cellar Campground Closed to Visitor NO WATER - PACK IN/PACK OUT.
Storm King Campground Closed to Visitor Open. NO WATER - PACK IN/PACK OUT.
Stunner Campground Open to Visitor CAMPGROUND HAS A RESTROOM but NO WATER. Open early to mid-June, depending on snow depth. Campground stays open until weather closes it.
Thirty Mile Campground Open to Visitor Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Trujillo Meadows Campground Closed to Visitor Closed
Tucker Ponds Campground Closed to Visitor
Upper Beaver Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Summer-Open. Winter-Limited campsites (South Sites 1-4)


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/riogrande/recreation