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Rio Grande National Forest, CO

US Forest Service

Overview

Welcome to the San Luis Valley Public Lands Center where there is Solitude in Every Season!

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 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.  Year round recreation opportunities abound!  So, what are you waiting for? Pack up your family and friends and head for adventure in Colorado’s great outdoors!

Use the sidebar menu on the left to find an activity or right to find an area and learn about all the different ways you can enjoy the outdoors in the Rio Grande National Forest.

Accessible Recreation

The Rio Grande National Forest offers a number of recreational facilities designed with accessibility in mind for persons with disabilities. Also, there are programs that allow visitor discounts for fees charged on national forests.

Reservations & Rentals

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 go to recreation.gov

Rocky Mountain Regional Recreation

Rocky Mountain Region recreational information, for regional campgrounds, cabin rentals and other information go to "Rocky Mountain Recreation Guide" web site

Recreational Activities:

  • AUTO TOURING
  • BIKING
  • BOATING
  • CAMPING
  • FIRE LOOKOUTS/CABINS OVERNIGHT
  • FISHING
  • HIKING
  • HORSE CAMPING
  • HORSEBACK RIDING
  • HUNTING
  • INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS
  • OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE
  • PICNICKING
  • RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
  • WILDLIFE VIEWING
  • WINTER SPORTS

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Email: mailroom_r2_rio_grande@fs.fed.us
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