Recreation


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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 several 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 nightly rental. To make reservations call: 877-444-6777 go to recreation.gov

Information on proposed recreation fee changes. - PDF File

Information on proposed recreation fee changes. - Web page 

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Alamosa Campground Open Open CAMPGROUND HAS A RESTROOM. - NO WATER, NO TRASH SERVICE- PACK IN- PACK OUT! This campground stays open until weather closes it.
Aspen Glade Campground Open Open Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Big Meadows Campground and Picnic Area Open Open Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Big Meadows Reservoir Boating Site Open Open The lake is usually Ice Free by May and is then open until November. Access by groomed trail when snow depth is sufficiant.
Bristol Head Campground Open Open Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Buffalo Pass Campground Open Open Open early May through early November.
Cathedral Campground Open Open Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Comstock Campground Open Open Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Conejos Campground Open Open Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Cross Creek Campground Open Open Open year-round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Elk Creek Campground Open Open Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Elk Creek Overflow Campground Open Open Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Highway Springs Campground Open Open Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Ivy Creek Campground Open Open Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Lake Fork Campground Open Open Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Lost Trail Campground Open Open Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels and road closure from November-May 15.
Lower Beaver Creek Campground Open Open Sites 1-5 remain open during the Winter with no services provided.  May become inaccessible due to snow levels.
Luders Creek Campground Open Open Open early May through early Novemeber.
Marshall Park Campground Open Open Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Mix Lake Campground Open Open After nearly two years, the campground is finally open!
Mogote Campground Open Open Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
North Clear Creek Campground Open Open Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
North Crestone Creek Campground Open Open Open early May through early November.
Palisade Campground Open Open Open Year-Round. May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Park Creek Campground Open Open Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Poso Campground Open Open Open mid-May through mid-November.
Rio Grande Campground Open Open Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible/closed due to Weather, Snow or Muddy Season.
River Hill Campground Open Open Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Road Canyon Campground Open Open Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Rock Creek Campground Open Open Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due snow levels.
Silver Thread Campground Open Open Open Year-Round.  May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Spectacle Lake Campground Open Open Campground closed on September 7, 2021.
Stone Cellar Campground Open Open Open mid-May through mid November.
Storm King Campground Open Open Open mid-May through mid-November.
Stunner Campground Open Open The campground does not have potable water. 
Thirty Mile Campground Open Open Open year-round. May be inaccessible due to snow levels.
Trujillo Meadows Campground Open Open
Tucker Ponds Campground Open Open Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Upper Beaver Creek Campground Open Open Sites 1-4 (South side) remain open during the Winter with no services provided.  May become inaccessible due to snow levels.

Recreation Areas

Current Conditions