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Grandview RV Resort

91 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres 路 South Fork, CO
Welcome to Grandview Cabins and RV Resort, nestled in the heart of beautiful South Fork, Colorado. This small town sits at the confluence of the South Fork and Rio Grande rivers. Surrounded by breathtaking mountains and forests, South Fork is home to year-round activities for visitors. Grandview is the perfect base camp for exploring the surrounding wilderness areas. Grandview Cabins and RV Resort offers a variety of comfortable and spacious accommodations to suit any traveler鈥檚 needs. Our cabins are fully equipped with modern amenities such as a full kitchen, satellite TV, and free Wi-Fi. Our RV sites offer full hookups, including water, sewer, and electric, and can accommodate RVs of various sizes. For those who prefer camping under the stars, we also have tent sites with fire pits and picnic tables. All of our accommodations provide stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. No matter which option you choose, you鈥檒l enjoy a comfortable stay in the heart of South Fork, Colorado. Our resort offers an unbeatable combination of comfort, convenience, and natural beauty that will make your stay unforgettable. Our spacious cabins and RV sites are the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. We pride ourselves on our exceptional hospitality, and our staff is always available to assist you with anything you need during your stay. Our resort is in the heart of South Fork, making it the perfect place to stay for all your outdoor adventures, from fishing and hunting to hiking and horseback riding. At Grandview Cabins and RV Resort, you鈥檒l enjoy all of our amenities while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of Colorado. Don鈥檛 miss your chance to experience the best of South Fork 鈥 book your stay with us today. Discover the endless possibilities of a Colorado vacation at Grandview. Indulge in a variety of outdoor activities: fishing in lakes, streams, and rivers, exploring ATV and Jeep trails, hiking, and mountain biking. Take in the breathtaking sights of ghost towns, historic points of interest, and museums, and end the day with some fine dining. Experience the thrill of riding historic trains from Alamosa or Antonito, or take a trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. For those who love golf, the Rio Grande Club is a PGA championship 18-hole golf course located just 5 minutes from here. ATV riders can hit the trails right from their cabin or RV site. And for hunters, reserving a cabin or RV site at Grandview is the perfect base camp for big or small game hunting. Before heading out, check the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website for regulations and licenses. Whatever adventure you seek, Grandview has something for everyone. Book your stay now and start planning your unforgettable Colorado getaway.
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Chinook Cabins & RV Park

29 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents6 acres 路 South Fork, CO
Our RV Park in South Fork CO has space for 18 R.V.鈥檚. Each site has full hookups with the majority being 50amp service and are oversized so that they can handle any big rig! There is a shower house and laundry facility available for our guests (seasonal). There is more than ample parking and each site is easy to access. Our sites are back off the highway for a more relaxing atmosphere and the view is amazing. We have a community fire pit of which we can roast hot dogs, marshmallows for s鈥檓ores and tell all the stories you would like. 鈥淲hat goes on at the Fire Pit stays at the Fire Pit.鈥 Come and join us! We have a lot of fun! South Fork Colorado has all the family fun and challenging terrain you could ever look for. 1000鈥檚 of miles of trails to hike and bike. Snowmobile/ATV/UTV and Motorcycle riding multi-use Rio Grande National Forest Service trails and roads. We welcome you with plenty of parking area on site for your trailers to park. The Rio Grande River offers world class fly fishing. There are plenty of lakes and creeks to enjoy also. Wolf Creek Ski Area is just up the road from South Fork, Colorado for all your winter fun downhill skiing and snowboarding. Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing are fun low cost family activities with plenty of terrain to enjoy. Great Sand Dunes National Park is open all year long and is a day trip from South Fork. Enjoy the Sand Dunes National Park, learn how they were formed, hike a dune and try sand boarding. Zapata Falls is a short hike near the Sand Dunes. South Fork Colorado has several other waterfalls nearby to visit, Treasure Falls and South & North Clear Creek falls. You will want to come back year after year to explore all we have to offer.
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Aspen Ridge Cabins & Yurts

8 sites 路 Lodging1 acre 路 South Fork, CO
Aspen Ridge Cabins & Yurts If you're looking for vacation lodging that feels like home, with great friends and family atmosphere, Aspen Ridge Cabins is the place to be in Southern Colorado. We offer cabins and yurts with full kitchens, satellite TV, and fiber optic wi-fi. You get rustic beauty with big city conveniences and loads of outdoor fun. After 11 years of living in Alaska, Jeremy and Katy purchased Aspen Ridge Cabins in the spring of 2020. The new owners are outdoor enthusiasts who met while both living in Colorado when Jeremy was a raft guide on the Arkansas River. Jeremy and Katy are excited to offer you a warm, welcoming stay and the very best views, fishing, and hiking in Southern Colorado. The sky's the limit when it comes to Outdoor Activities in South Fork Colorado. The town of South Fork is surrounded on three sides by the Rio Grande National Forest and some of the largest undisturbed wilderness areas in the country. The outdoor activities are countless. Nearby, the Rio Grande River and the South Fork River provide excellent trout fishing. In addition, there are many local lakes and reservoirs. If you prefer biking, hiking, or ATV riding there are many old logging and mining trails close by for breath taking views of nature鈥檚 finest. Aspen Ridge Cabins is located on the city's OHV trail, so you can ride right from the property without trailering. Things to do at Aspen Ridge Cabins when the day is done. -When the day is done and you're ready to put your feet up and rest awhile, we offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy an evening outdoors. We feature an outdoor area that allows for get-togethers and picnics, as well as open fires that capture the wild spirit and beauty of the outdoors. Hunters and anglers have a walk in freezer/cooler for their harvests. There's also bagged ice for sale on site. Enjoy a walk to town on paved sidewalks, or kick back and cook steaks on the grill. Modern Amenities in Renovated Cabins -The log cabins are all modern with full kitchens, bathrooms, satellite TV, and fiber optic wi-fi. All linens, pots, and pans are furnished. Our cabins have one or two bedrooms with queen or full size beds. Many cabins have additional fold out futons. Our new luxury yurts offer you the opportunity to enjoy the yurt experience without compromising on luxury and amenities. Relax and recharge in a private, cozy glamping space with an innovative design and beautiful views. Stargaze from your bed as you enjoy the solitude and dark skies of South Fork, Colorado. The Yurts at Aspen Ridge Cabins are an excellent option for guests wanting to experience tiny-living in a luxury yurt. Aspen Ridge Cabins offers year-round availability. Newly renovated and under new ownership, Aspen Ridge Cabins are your home away from home during your southern Colorado vacation. Aspen Ridge Cabins offers plenty of activities during your stay. There is a large, family style, outdoor area that allows for get-togethers and picnics, or you can kick back around a camp fire while soaking in the beauty of the mountains. Cabin rentals are available for groups up to 6. The kitchens are stocked with all the hardware including stove/ovens and refrigerators, private bathrooms, and fiber optic wi-fi. All linens, pots, and pans are furnished. Our cabins have one or two bedrooms, with queen or full size beds. Make Aspen Ridge Cabins your vacationing, skiing, hunting, and fishing headquarters in southern Colorado. Experience an outdoors getaway that's perfect for your adventurous spirit. With a location bordering the Rio Grande National Forest, you can hike, ride, or fish right from your cabin door. Your Outdoor Playground -From fishing the Rio Grande River to the hiking trails of the Rio Grande National Forest, South Fork offers you a thousand ways to enjoy the outdoors. No matter the season there's a lot to offer those who love adventure. Aspen Ridge Cabins has hiking and 4-wheeler trails that begin right at your cabin door. With ample trails, vistas, and peaks to choose from, your outdoor vacation just got a whole lot better. The Perfect Basecamp -Hunters love the ease and convenience Aspen Ridge Cabins provides for their basecamp. With multiple cabin size options for a single hunter or groups, built in kitchens to make and store food, and easy access to many trails, hunters rely on Aspen Ridge Cabins for a comfortable stay. With ample deer, elk, and other game available in the San Juan Mountains, hunters need a clean, affordable place to stay. Aspen Ridge Cabins offers hunters comfortable, private lodging closest to the best hunting units in Southern Colorado. Adventurers Wanted -South Fork Colorado is perfect for adventurous spirits like you. With opportunities for hiking, skiing, four wheeling, fishing, and hunting, there's plenty of outdoor activities just waiting to be had. Adventure trails begin right at your cabin door. You just have to decide what to do first. Aspen Ridge Cabins is located on the picturesque Silver Thread Scenic Byway, off of Highway 149. South Fork is surrounded on three sides by the Rio Grande National Forest and some of the largest, undisturbed wilderness areas in the country. The outdoor activities here are countless.
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High Peaks Campground

22 sites 路 RVs, Tents40 acres 路 Moffat, CO
Previously known as High Desert Ranch Campground, this land was originally part of a large ranch in the 1980s. The main ranch is still up and running but this parcel was used for many purposes over the years. In 2021, we were featured in USA Todays Ten Best for star gazing! Our property has 360 degree mountains views with the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range as our back yard. Nearby you can find many different trail systems for all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. From hiking to jeeping, ATV or dirt biking and equestrians - you can find it all! We are surrounded by ranch land and state land with Wildlife Refuge just two miles away. We also offer accommodation for those with livestock, just make sure you chat with us in your initial message. We are also close to BLM, and National Forest as well as 3 hot springs within 20 miles and the Great Sand Dunes. We are still under construction and making changes often so bear with us while we continue to add and change things for the better!
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Spruce Lodge at Sawmill Meadow

8 sites 路 RVs2 acres 路 South Fork, CO
Spruce Lodge located in South Fork..."Basecamp for Adventure" HISTORIC SPRUCE LODGE A rich history that goes back to the 1920's and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Spruce Lodge, originally built in 1927 in South Fork, CO, is located near the Rio Grande River at the foot of the San Juan Mountains and provides an environment of warm hospitality in a relaxed atmosphere. Historically accommodating workers for the Sawmill in the 1920's, The Spruce Lodge was purchased in May of 2022 with a primary purpose of housing adults who are participating in a Gap Year program designed to mentor new adults and serve the South Fork community. The property continues to operate as a hotel and has undergone extensive updates to all of the rooms. We have 8, 30 amp RV spots available to rent from April to October. Our small RV lot allows for a less crowded RV experience with all the same, beautiful views and access to all the area has to offer. And we have the most affordable rates in South Fork! Most of our RV guests end up extending their stay to take advantage of all the outdoor activities South Fork and the San Luis Valley have to offer. If you have stayed here before, you will notice some of the changes. And if this is your first time, welcome to South Fork. We hope you enjoy southern Colorado! The South Fork area has PLENTY TO DO AND SEE 鈥TV TRAILS Come and enjoy over 500 miles of ATV and Jeep Trails while staying with us. If you are looking for one of the most picturesque areas of Colorado, look no further. 鈥IVER RAFTING Enjoy whitewater rafting for those both looking for a casual float or an adventure. Enjoy a relaxing ride or even the rapids. 鈥KIING & SNOWBOARDING Known for "the most snow in Colorado," come and enjoy skiing or boarding at Wolf Creek - while staying in the closest town with accommodations to the slopes. 鈥IKING SCENIC TRAILS There are miles and miles of trails that offer fun and adventure for the whole family. Enjoy the heart of Colorado by hiking many of your soon-to-be favorite scenic trails. 鈥ORLD CLASS FISHING Gold Medal waters on the river and an abundance of creeks, lakes, and reservoirs provide year-round opportunities for the avid fisherman! 鈥ATIONAL PARKS Enjoy National parks near The Spruce Lodge such as the Great Sand Dunes and Mesa Verde. You wont regret the drive when you see these unique attractions.
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Zepel mountain ranch

2 sites 路 Tents41 acres 路 Center, CO
Zepel mountain is an ancient untouched in the lagarita mountains. Frozen in time millions of years ago a volcano spewed aggetts and garnets and other minerals on this land There are two fault lines that meet on the top. The ute Indians lived here at one time There are a few ghosts towns to explore and tens of thousands of acres of unspoiled wilderness. The crystal hill mine is close by alsoLearn more about this land:Breath taking views mountains mountains and more mountains high desert property is close to the crystal hill mine sand dunes national part Crestone, CO!
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Rose Property

2 sites 路 Lodging40 acres 路 South Fork, CO
Open space for hiking or walking. Lots of wild life, star gazing and relaxation ! Enjoy the fresh air ! Close to South Fork Colorado and the Rio Grande river鈥︹︹︹︹. 鈥︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹..,,,,鈥︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹︹..,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Serendipity Base Camp

6 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents1 acre 路 Monte Vista, CO
We have 1.75 acres.聽 The history of this property is interesting, varied聽and historical.聽 During WWII the property was used as a detainment camp for German POW's.聽 They were transferred here from Trinidad and Walsenburg CO to work with the farmers in the community, working potatoes.聽 It was a happy, fruitful work situation and some of the farmers/POW's became good friends, even traveling to visit each other after the war.聽 Parts of the building are still there.聽Serendipity.聽 The land has served as an auto junk yard, repair shop, metal scrap yard, thrift store and more.聽 As we have worked on the property we have found many treasures that are working their way to the surface.聽 聽The location of the property we feel is perfect.聽 You can get everywhere from here.聽聽We are in the city of Monte Vista limits, town is walking distance.聽 It sits in the middle of what makes the valley thrive.聽 Farming (Cows & hay) to the East.聽 There is also a beautiful view of Mt Blanca and the Sange de Christo mountain range.聽 When the sun sets you understand the beauty of the mountain and understand why is was named Blood of Christ. To the North is Coors - they gather the barley that is grown here in the valley to start the making of the beer.聽 聽To the West is Mountain King - a potato storage unit.聽 There is about 55,000聽acres of potatoes grown with a wide variety of all different colors.聽 With averages of 22 tons of potatoes per acre.聽 - That's a lot of taters!聽The sunset over Mountain King is what you see in the pictures.聽 聽Serendipity Camp is less than 1/2 mile from Monte Vista.聽 聽Gas, groceries, coffee shops, restaurants, thrift & gift stores, and hardware.聽 We have a volunteer run community movie theater that is open Friday - Sunday and for a short drive you can get to one of聽the few drive ins still operating.聽聽 We do see/have wildlife that visits us regularly.聽 A timid clan of Marmots (we call them whistle pigs). a fox appears occasionally, as well as many different birds (small birds, falcons, and Sand hill cranes in season)聽 We have seen racoons in the area and sometimes a small herd of about 5 deer.聽聽Learn more about this land:Welcome to Serendipity!聽 This is our first year hosting as a campground.聽 We have been short term hosts for several years and thoroughly enjoy it so we wanted to reach out to the camping community also.聽聽We have 1.75 acres.聽 The history of this property is interesting, varied聽and historical.聽 During WWII the property was used as a detainment camp for German POW's.聽 They were transferred here from Trinidad and Walsenburg CO to work with the farmers in the community, working potatoes.聽 It was a happy, fruitful work situation and some of the farmers/POW's became good friends, even traveling to visit each other after the war.聽 Parts of the building are still there.聽Serendipity.聽 The land has served as an auto junk yard, repair shop, metal scrap yard, thrift store and more.聽 As we have worked on the property we have found many treasures that are working their way to the surface.聽 聽The location of the property we feel is perfect.聽 You can get everywhere from here, it鈥檚 a great base camp to do all there is to do in the San Luis Valley. We are in the city of Monte Vista limits, town is walking distance but it鈥檚 very private. It sits in the middle of what makes the valley thrive.聽 Farming (Cows & hay) to the East.聽 There is also a beautiful view of Mt Blanca and the Sange de Christo mountain range.聽 When the sun sets you understand the beauty of the mountain and understand why is was named Blood of Christ. To the North is Coors - they gather the barley that is grown here in the valley to start the making of the beer.聽 聽To the West is Mountain King - a potato storage unit.聽 There is about 55,000聽acres of potatoes grown with a wide variety of all different colors.聽 With averages of 22 tons of potatoes per acre.聽 - That's a lot of taters!聽The sunset over Mountain King is what you see in the pictures.聽 聽Serendipity Camp is less than 1/2 mile from Monte Vista.聽 聽Gas, groceries, coffee shops, restaurants, thrift & gift stores, and hardware.聽 We have a volunteer run community movie theater that is open Friday - Sunday and for a short drive you can get to one of聽the few drive ins still operating.聽聽We do see/have wildlife that visits us regularly.聽 A timid clan of Marmots (we call them whistle pigs). a fox appears occasionally, as well as many different birds (small birds, falcons, and Sand hill cranes in season)聽 We have seen racoons in the area and sometimes a small herd of about 5 deer.聽聽As we tweak Serendipity Glamp Camp, we have聽campsites for tents, campers, vans & cars, bell tents, a small tent and a small teepee style tent for a more comfy stay, but still camping.聽 It is a gated park so you can feel safe leaving your camp for the day or evening.聽聽And although there are town lights around, there is not alot of light noise overhead and you can see millions of stars. There is one fire pit for now, but working on others.聽 Some firewood is provide.聽 There are picnic tables in the community area and we are moving toward a working community kitchen.聽聽We are still doing improvements and setup but would love to have you stay with us.聽 We welcome feedback.聽 There are 2聽porta potties and some non-potable water to use.聽 For now, come and set up camp where you please.聽 The tents are not ready yet as we need to glamp them up a little.聽 Will get them listed as soon as they are ready,聽聽We do allow pets, on leash in the campground.聽 One of the other amenities we are building is an agility dog park that will be available to campers and members from the community.聽聽
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Aspen Ridge RV Park

38 sites 路 Lodging, RVs10 acres 路 South Fork, CO
Welcome to Aspen Ridge RV Park in South Fork, Colorado, where we offer a unique camping experience with all the comforts of home. Located on the Silver Spur ATV Trail, you can legally ride your ATV directly from our park to Highway 149 and CR 15 ATV Trails, making it a convenient base for your adventures. Our stationary RV rentals come equipped with electric, water, and sewer connections, as well as outdoor amenities such as a grill and patio furniture. Inside, you'll find all the basic necessities for a comfortable stay, including a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, bathroom with shower, air conditioning, and furnace. We also provide sheets, blankets, towels, soap, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, cooking utensils, dish soap, paper towels, and kitchen towels, allowing you to travel light and still have everything you need. At Aspen Ridge RV Park, we prioritize your comfort and offer a range of amenities to make you feel at home. We provide 50/30/20 amp service, water and sewer hookups, and a variety of RV site options, including 10 sites with patios and picnic tables, 20 back-in sites, and 13 pull-through sites. We also have overflow parking available for additional vehicles, trailers, ATVs, or OHVs. For fishing enthusiasts, we have a fish cleaning station on-site, and for furry friends, there is a fenced off-leash dog-run area. Our clubhouse is the perfect place to relax and socialize with other guests, offering separate men's and women's bathrooms, guest showers, and coin-operated laundry facilities. The full kitchen is equipped with everything you need to prepare meals, and we provide complimentary coffee to all our guests. Stay connected with loved ones with our free Wi-Fi and take advantage of our community grill and fire pit. Inside the clubhouse, you'll find a TV, keyboard, games, puzzles, and books to keep you entertained. Located in the heart of South Fork, our RV park offers easy access to a wide range of exciting amenities. Sports enthusiasts will love our full basketball court, pickleball court, and baseball/softball field. The South Fork Community Center and Visitor's Center are both nearby, as well as the beautiful Rio Grande River for fishing and other water activities. For your convenience, there is a Dollar General Store and a grocery store nearby, as well as various restaurants and coffee shops. Gift shops, hardware/lumber stores, and RV sales, parts & repair shops are also within easy reach. Adventure seekers can explore local ATV & OHV sales, parts & repair shops. Golfers will appreciate the nearby Rio Grande Golf Course and Monte Vista Golf Club. Families can enjoy a visit to the Colorado Gator Farm, while those seeking relaxation can take a dip in the Hot Springs Pool in Pagosa Springs or the Hooper Pool-Sand Dunes Swimming Pool. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the San Juan Mountains and immerse yourself in outdoor adventure and relaxation. In the summer months, enjoy Gold Medal fishing and white water rafting on the Rio Grande River, as well as hiking, biking, horseback riding, and ATV trails. Alternatively, you can take a scenic drive or play a round of golf. With 2 million acres of National Forest Land surrounding you, there are endless possibilities for adventure here in South Fork. Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and make unforgettable memories at Aspen Ridge RV Park.
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Creede Mountain Huts

2 sites 路 Lodging1 acre 路 City Of Creede, CO
Creede Mountain Huts is a rare U.S. Forest Service cooperative. The Hut is isolated. Located In the high country surrounded by Rio Grande national forest and Winminuche Wilderness.
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Antelope Warm Springs

4 sites 路 Tents160 acres 路 Creede, CO
Located on a beautiful lake, with nearby streams, mountains and surrounded by national forest. All trash must be removed. There is no fishing in lake. You may catch mountain sheep that may wander by. There is no electricity available. Please note that after July 15th, there will be cattle on 100 acres of land. These cattle cannot be chased by dogs. We really prefer no camp fires, because some areas are dry
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Rainbow Lodge RV Park

33 sites 路 RVs5 acres 路 South Fork, CO
Welcome to Rainbow Lodge RV Park! Providing Excellent Hospitality for 69 Years! Located in the heart of South Fork, CO, Rainbow Lodge is centrally located to a wide variety of family fun and outdoor activities like skiing at Wolf Creek Ski Area in winter and golfing at the Rio Grande Club in Summer. Rio Grande River Fly fishing is a stone's throw away from us. Thousands of miles of Rio Grande National Forest to play, ATV, or go hunting in and the Great Sand Dunes National Park are all accessible from here at Rainbow Lodge South Fork, Colorado. Our lodge rooms are cozy, comfortable, and the perfect place to relax before setting out on your next adventure. Enjoy a touch of Colorado rustic living in our cabins. Stay for a few nights, a week, or a month! No matter how long your stay, you can build memories that last a lifetime. Our cabins are perfect for family fun getaways, outdoor adventurers, hunting & fishing enthusiasts, and more! Centrally located to South Fork, CO, Rio Grande River, Rio Grande National Forest, and an abundance of family and outdoor activities you won鈥檛 run out of things to do on your stay! There isn鈥檛 a better way to enjoy the beauty of Colorful Colorado than traveling in an RV. Rainbow鈥檚 RV Park has all of the amenities to make your stay the perfect getaway. All Sites include WiFi, Electric, Water, Sewer, and Cable TV Hookups. Rainbow Grocery and Rainbow Express gas station are conveniently located nearby for all of your refueling and food needs. Rainbow RV Park is located in the heart of all of the activities your family will enjoy and remember for a lifetime! FISHING THE RIO GRANDE - Fly fishing on the Rio Grande River is an angler鈥檚 dream. With miles of Gold Medal waters, the catch of the day is at your fingertips. Come stay and play at Rainbow Lodge! EXPERIENCE WOLF CREEK - You鈥檝e never experienced powder like this before! We have located just a short drive from Wolf Creek Ski Area, which receives the most snowfall in Colorado every year! TRAVEL CONDITIONS - Take a drive to beautiful South Fork, Colorado! We promise the scenery won鈥檛 disappoint. Check local road conditions to South Fork and Wolf Creek Pass before you head out. RECREATIONS - Atv / 4-wheeling, Hiking & Biking, Fishing, Creede 鈥 Historic Mining Town, Wolf Creek Ski Area, Snowmobiling, Nordic Skiing, Ice Fishing, Sledding
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The best camping near Rio Grande National Forest guide

Overview

About

Encompassing nearly 2 million acres, this national forest—named for the river that runs through it—features a mix of dense woodlands, mountains, and even high desert. Places of particular interest include the Silver Thread Scenic Byway, known for its beautiful scenery, and the Wheeler Geologic Area, a rugged hiking area offering views of ancient geologic formations. Popular activities in the forest include hiking, fishing, rafting, off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding, rock climbing, winter sports, and camping. There are 33 campgrounds and around 651 campsites in the forest, most of which have potable water and vault toilets.

Notable campgrounds

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. The majority of campgrounds in the Rio Grande National Forest are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive late morning when others are packing out for the best selection.
  2. Eight of the campgrounds have reservable campsites. These are released at 8am Mountain Time, six months in advance. If you're trying to book a cabin or popular spot, be ready to book online right when it becomes available.
  3. Choose harder-to-reach campgrounds for the best chances of getting a site. Campgrounds closer to cities fill up faster.
  4. Consider coming mid-week if your schedule permits. Weekends can get busy, particularly in the summertime, but if you can come on a Wednesday or Thursday you鈥檒l have more choices.

When to go

The best time to visit the Rio Grande National Forest depends on your interests, but it鈥檚 at its most popular in the warm summer months when kids are out of school. May and September are good alternatives for camping if you want nice weather without the crowds. Fishing season runs from June through October, though plenty of people come for ice fishing in the colder winter months. Other popular winter activities include sledding, skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoes.

Know before you go

  • Make sure to download offline maps before heading out. Phone and internet service is not always reliable outside of urban areas.
  • Forest fires can be an issue in Colorado from late spring through early autumn. Make sure to check the Rio Grande National Forest website for details on closures or campfire bans before you take off.
  • Dogs are allowed in the forest, but must be kept leashed in campgrounds and must be responsive to voice commands when out on trails.
  • Check for snow-related road closures and avalanche warnings before you head out. Also remember to pack chains with you if there鈥檚 any chance you might find yourself in a blizzard.

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