Rio Grande National Forest, COLORADO
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Swimming near the dunes

We haven't stayed here, but we regularly use their dump and fill station for RVs, it's $8.00 plus tax to dump and fill here. They have coin operated washers, dryers, and showers, $2.50 for laundry machines, 50 cents for a six minute shower. There is a bar and a natural hot spring here, but we have yet to venture in but here it's nice. The staff is always friendly, and there's even an outdoor dish washing station which comes in handy if you dry camp alot. They have several full service RV sites, tent sights, cabins, this place is basically a resort and it has beautiful views of Great Sand Dunes National Park, and Mt. Blanca. Even if you don't stay here you can come swim, use the laundry and showers for good prices.

Solitude on the Rio Grande

Showed up on a Friday evening and there were still several spots to choose from alongside the river. Satellite toilets are nearby each campsite and theres plenty of trees in each site for putting up tarps. The campground is a hot spot for trout fishing with a continuous stream of people pulling in and going over the river to cast for some of the big browns and rainbows on this section of the Rio Grande.

We went back!

Loved it so much the first time that we came back! For the best views, make sure to book in the lower loop. We stayed in site 11. Not the best views of the reservoir but decent. You can hear the waterfall. Campground sites at close to 10k feet in elevation. Keep that in mind. We enjoyed a great little hike around the reservoir plus amazing fly fishing the next morning. Can’t wait to get back!

Well maintained

Heavy use and most sites very close to each other. Several people ran generators but I'm guessing not an issue during less peak weekends. Otherwise wonderful place close to lake shore when it's full. Could be a tricky walk if it's down. It was beautiful and cool temps.

Great Campground

We and our camping partners snagged the last two reservable sites available on short notice at this quiet, no frills campground and loved the stay. Level campsites with tables and fire pits. We were located right across from the vaulted toilets which were clean, sanitary and odorless. The campground is adjacent to the Rio Grand River and several campsites back right up to the river. We enjoyed our short stay there and as a bonus, Creede, just up the road about 6 miles has a dump station with potable water for a donation fee! The dump station is located about 1/4 mile from the visitors center, same side of road, going back towards the campground down a gravel road about 400 yards. Next time I’m going fishing!

Nice campsite, close to the road but but remote enough.

Campsite was nice and was easy to get to. We only stayed one night as we were just passing through to Rocky Mountian National Park. Next to the piedra  river which was nice, didn’t have a Colorado fishing license at the time so not sure how the fishing was, water looked pretty high. We didn’t have any cell service in the area so if you need that be aware. We would return here, close to Durango and pagosa  springs.

Open armed welcome

Arrived early evening (6-ish) after rejecting a disbursed campsite which wound through "Hills Have Eyes" terrain. Immediately accommodated by the nicest lady, and led to campsite on a grassy opening a stone's throw away from a bend in the Rio Grande. RV area was out of site/ out of mind. The 4 or 5 tent sites were secluded, beautiful grounds,clean restrooms and showers just built. Fire pit provided and a bbq grill offered if needed. Would recommend and will return again, hopefully for 2 nights. Watch a skyful of stars and then fall asleep to the sound of the river.

Peaceful camping at its best

Super pretty little campground. Far enough out of the way that you can usually find a site even though there aren’t a lot to begin with. But that’s what makes this campground so great. It’s peaceful, not crowded, has hiking trails, fishing, half the sites are on the creek AND it’s FREE!!

Very nice campground

Beautiful campground right on the Rio Grande River. Nice wooded sites. The campground has a nice large open meadow where you can throw a frisbee or stargaze. There are hiking trails that take off right from campground. A fox that had clearly received food came into our site and tried to take our garbage which was two feet from me. Do not leave food or garbage out. Sites are reservable. Camp host had firewood for sale. There’s a parking area for fishermen. We would definitely stay here again.

Rafting trips

For the past 4 years now my two 8 year old boys and I meet up with my brother from Oregon to go whitewater rafting.  My kids can play in the water and I can watch them from the table while they fish or play.

it's beautiful hearing the water sound while you sleep or just why you sit or why you eat.

We've always had a campground available for us. We've never seen it full.

I would rate it a five-star if it had showers

Rushing River

Beautiful campground, with many streamside sites. Very popular. Make reservations.

Middle of the forest

Very quiet, serene campground! We are anglers and we chose site #26, which is closest to the river. It’s a hike down but doable! The probablemente was that the water was too high to fish. We will come back when water levels are down. There were some flies and mosquitos but better when the breeze came thru. Very peaceful and nice campground in the middle of the forest.

Beautiful site

Views of the reservoir are so beautiful! We stayed on site #8. Nice size, slight views of the water, it was nice! The fishing was great, the hiking was nice, the bathroom is impecable! Kudos to the hosts!!!! We will be back in August.


Wish that it were a little cheaper and maybe a bit fatter from the road but it is a nice spot right in the river and has amenities.

Dispersed sites

There’s a small crystal clear pond along the road up to the campsites. There’s also a rushing river that flows along one side of the campground. Price is $22 a night, self serve station.

Mountains Majesty!

We stayed in this beautiful campground over the 4th of July weekend. We could not get the rv spot we wanted in the more secluded lake view sites as they reserve out more than a year in advance. The more compact rv sites were fine. We met some very friendly fellow campers and everyone was very courteous and considerate. This quiet campground sits on two small fishing lakes surrounded by beautiful mountains. It is about nine miles outside of Lake City and you can ride your ATV right out of the campground into town or up into the mountains via the Alpine Loop. We pre-booked our site for next year to make sure we had a great spot. We saw abundant wildlife, including an American bald eagle, deer, moose and lots of curious chipmunks. This is an amazing place to experience Colorado!

Great getaway

River hill was a great spot for a weekend getaway. We did not have a reservation but were still able to get a spot on a Saturday afternoon. Camp was well maintained, clean vault restrooms, and horseshoes/frisbee golf on site. We hiked the trailhead to box canyon which starts at the campground and it was beautiful. Spent time fishing in the river that ran by the campsite. Would love to come again!

First to Review
Donkey Dash Weekend

Marshall park campground is a nice out of the way place to stay. It is dry camping. It is next to the Rio Grande River which makes for some beautiful sounds. there are outhouse which are kept very clean. there is a host and are very nice and have some fire wood for sale. This campground is out of Creede about 5 miles.

So much to do

We stayed for one night in late June. The hot pool was a welcome destination after an afternoon of sliding down sand dunes and hiking back up.

Nice grass for tents.

Cafe menu is great.

Showers and washroom are good

Sand boards are available to hire

A Beautiful Spot

This is a truly beautiful spot to camp. A large campsite with enough spots for 3 to 4 RVs plus several tenting spots less than 10' from the water.

Cozy riverside camping. New go-to spot

This site is awesome. Dog friendly easy to access but still out of range of the normal weekenders from Denver, etc. The campground is right off highway 160 and is tucked away down a small hill and some tall pines. Vaulted toilet and brand new bear lockers at each plot. Fire pit and picnic table too. We slept 10 yards from what we see as an offshoot of the Rio Grande and got in the river in the morning to wake up. It runs pretty loud (late May) so be ready to hear that all night. We found it relaxing though. Check out county road 380 for some good views and hiking as well nearby. There's not really a town close though so bring your water and firewood and snacks. 1 hour drive from Sand Dunes park too.

Beautiful by the Rio Grande

Spent one very restful night here. Slept right alongside the river. The sound of the running water put me to sleep quickly. The campground was very clean and all the important information was clearly posted. A very beautiful spot and will definitely return here.

Perfect little get away

Great campground! This is an RV friendly campground. So if you have a traditional tent, I would reccomend the sites near the camp host. Camp hosts were super friendly! We were in site 19. Deer would cross our campsite every night at dusk. Don’t miss the turn! The road gets really sketchy after graham creek and north canyon campgrounds. So turn left when you see the sign

Amazing service with a smile

We found this campground to be very nice and immaculately kept. Rates were comparable with other local campgrounds. The staff was amazing and very friendly. We would have given 5 stars if the campground wasn't so crowded feeling. I guess when you are located in mountainous terrain, you can't really spread out. We were across from the lake and right on the alpine loop so we could ride our ATVs right out of the campground. This was an amazing trip.

First to Review
Nice wild area

Early in June there are two moose that have babies in the area so keep your eyes open. The toilets are clean and the river helps drown out any noise from your neighbors.

If you’re looking for more rustic tent camping there is an informal area just downstream.

Cutest Cabin Ever!

This place was magical. It was the perfect way to celebrate our anniversary! Only an hour from the Sand Dunes, 45 min from Creede, and close to Three Barrel Brewing Co!

The cabin was perfect, full bathroom, half kitchen, and plenty of sweetness that makes you feel cozy!

Convenient off the road. Basic functionality. Clean bathrooms.

We ended up pulling into this campground at night when we didn't feel safe driving on the road any longer. Spots were easy to find. Basic setup, table and fire pit. Bathrooms were stocked and clean.

Not crowded 🙌🏼

What’s great about this campground is that it is not crowded and quiet! It is also about a 5 minute drive to one of the bigger waterfalls in Colorado - North Clear Creek Falls. It has everything you need - picnic table, fire ring with grate, 2 restrooms, and water. Some sites are better than others, but since this campground isn’t very popular you can actually drive around and pick out a site you like. The best sites are the ones closest to the creek or in the southern loop (on the right when driving in).

Alpine Loop

Located right off the Alpine Loop. Each site has a grill,fire ring,and table. Some have beautiful views of the lake. Vault toilets were clean and water and soap at faucet at outside of toilet. Camp host was friendly. Road was a little rough to get to. No issue running my generator, sites are spaced well apart. We were in site one which had a great view.

Great camping next to the East Fork of the San Juan River

This campground is pretty sweet. Set back from the main road, it is in a pleasant bend of the San Juan River. Sites on the outside of the loop are spacious and fairly private. If you can, the best sites are on the backside and back up to the river. If you don’t get one of these prime sites, no big deal as there are access trails from the campground that lead to the river and some nice fishing holes. Great place to camp if fly fishing is your bag. We had an inside the loop site and were very happy. The sites were well spread out and all had great hammock trees. The bathrooms were very clean and well maintained. The campground host, while she liked to sleep in late, was definitely putting in more than the required hours to maintain the campground. If you need a shower, head up the entrance road to the private campground and pay $5 for an unlimited time shower in an interesting cabin like shower house. The difference between the private campground and the forest service campground, besides the access to showers, are that the forest service campground is not available to RV’s or horse trailers. I’d definitely camp here again (as we extended our stay extra nights since we were so happy with the site).