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RIVER HILL, CO

part ofRio Grande National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: RIVER HILL
Status: Closed through Wed May 20 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

River Hill is a popular campground on the banks of the Rio Grande River. Situated in a meadow surrounded by willows, campers come here to fish for trout, hunt and take in the beautiful views of the forested hills and rock bluffs. River kayaking and fishing are also popular activities, and the Rio Grande Reservoir is just a couple miles away.

Natural Features:

The campground lies in a meadow under the shade of many trees at an elevation of 9,200 feet. The Rio Grande National Forest spans 1.86 million acres in south-central Colorado. The Continental Divide runs for 236 miles along most of the forest's western border, presenting a myriad of ecosystems from alpine desert to dense wilderness.

Across from the campground is the Weminuche Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in Colorado. It's a famously rugged region with three mountain peaks reaching over 14,000 feet.

Recreation:

Go rock climbing or horse packing in the San Juan mountains, or fish in the river, Squaw Creek or nearby Rio Grande Reservoir. Two trailheads, Squaw Creek and Weminuche Creek, lead hikers into the Weminuche Wilderness and link to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

Facilities:

The campground features a campfire educational program on some weekend nights. Drinking water from wells is provided and garbage cans are are provided. Vault toilets are on-site.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Parking Area
  • Rock Climbing
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites
  • Limit one vehicle per site; a fee will be charged for additional vehicles
  • The 14 day stay limit is strictly enforced. Camping for a period longer than 14 days during any 30-consecutive day period is prohibited. If you have booked back-to-back reservations, you will be asked to cancel all days after the first 14.
  • Click here for more information on Rio Grande National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.21222, -107.43028
38°12'44"N, 107°25'49"W

From Alamosa, CO, go west on Highway 160 to South Fork. Take Highway 149 southwest through Creede and continue on Highway 149 for about 20 miles to milepost 41 (Forest Road 520) and Rio Grande Reservoir Road. Travel about 10 miles on this gravel road to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

RIVER HILL
FS 520
CREEDE  CO  81130

Phone Number:

Information:  (719)658-0829
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