Camping in the South Fork Area

  • Camping

    Rio-Grande-River-4The Rio Grande National Forest offers a multitude of camping opportunities. Whether you decide to stay in a portable camper trailer, tent, or rough it under the stars, you are sure to find the perfect location. Almost 2 million acres of national forest surrounds the South Fork area, and approximately 17 campgrounds have been developed along highways 149 and 160. Most accommodate both camper trailers and tents.

    Forest Service campgrounds usually offer the following items: Tables, Toilets, Fire Grates, Garbage Cans, Parking Spurs and Drinking Water. Fire rings must be used. Visitors are allowed to stay up to 14 days, unless otherwise posted, reservations can be made for some campgrounds, although most are on a first come first serve basis.

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    The Rio Grande National Forest also has many undeveloped camp sites and wilderness areas. There are private properties throughout the forest, so please beware and do not cross the boundaries.

    Enjoy your forest and natural resources.

     CAMPGROUNDS Sites Fee Water
    Big Meadows  •  Access to several lakes and hiking trails   42  $18  
     Cathedral  •  Access to fly fishing on Embargo Creek  22  FREE  
     Cross Creek  •  Located at Beaver Creek Reservoir, at hiking trail head  8  $17  
    Highway Springs  •  On the banks of the South Fork 13 $13  
    Lower Beaver Creek  •  Access to Beaver Creek & Beaver Creek Reservoir 18 $17    •
    Palisade  •  Along the Rio Grande River, between South Fork and Creede 12 $18    •
    Park Creek  •  Access to the historic Summitville Mine 13 $17    •
    Tucker Ponds  •  Access to Tucker Ponds and Pass Creek 15 $16    •
    Upper Beaver Creek  •  Access to Beaver Creek & Beaver Creek Reservoir 14 $17    •

Local Outdoor Clubs

The Silverthreaders and Powderbusters are diverse groups of locals, part-timers, and visitors that enjoy ATV riding, camping, hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, fishing, hunting, skiing and motorcycling. Their many organized activities aim to preserve the multi-use of our magnificent outdoors and impart responsible recreation use. They organize weekly outings for hiking (3x’s per week), ATV/4x4 rides, snowmobile and snowshoeing.

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Ask for a copy of thier recreation map from the Visitor Center

Consult local sources concerning directions and trail conditions before going out. Never enter the backcountry alone and always leave detailed information with someone.