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Top Equestrian Camping near Rio Grande National Forest

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Best Equestrian Camping Sites Near Rio Grande National Forest, CO (11)

    Camper-submitted photo from South Fork Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from South Fork Campground
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    1.

    South Fork Campground

    4 Reviews
    20 Photos
    42 Saves
    South Fork, Colorado
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $29 - $42 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Antlers Rio Grande Lodge and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Antlers Rio Grande Lodge and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Antlers Rio Grande Lodge and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Antlers Rio Grande Lodge and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Antlers Rio Grande Lodge and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Antlers Rio Grande Lodge and RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Bruce Spruce Ranch
    Camper-submitted photo from Bruce Spruce Ranch
    Camper-submitted photo from Bruce Spruce Ranch
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    Camper-submitted photo from Bruce Spruce Ranch

    3.

    Bruce Spruce Ranch

    4 Reviews
    14 Photos
    111 Saves
    Pagosa Springs, Colorado

    Come and experience majestic mountain views! Fish our clean ponds chock full of trout. Ride horses, hike through the beautiful San Juan Mountains, or just relax on a porch swing, enjoying the hum of hummingbirds. Bruce Spruce Ranch offers an RV campground, tent camping, and rustic cabins outside of Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

    Think of this as your sanctuary, a little spot of peaceful life that you can return to year after year.

    Isn’t it time you “got away from it all?”

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $34 - $190 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Ivy Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Ivy Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Ivy Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Ivy Creek

    4.

    Ivy Creek

    1 Review
    4 Photos
    11 Saves
    City of Creede, Colorado

    Sixteen miles South West of Creede. This trailhead offers parking, hitch rails, highline, and directional signing. The Ivy Creek trail follows Ivy Creek from the trailhead for the first 1/2 mile to the Weminuche Wilderness boundary and then switchbacks take the hiker up and out of the Ivy Creek drainage. This trail leads to Fisher Mountain, Goose Lake, and on to the Continental Divide Trail

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Equestrian
    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from Sportsman’s Campground & Mountain Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Sportsman’s Campground & Mountain Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Sportsman’s Campground & Mountain Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Sportsman’s Campground & Mountain Cabins

    5.

    Sportsman’s Campground & Mountain Cabins

    3 Reviews
    4 Photos
    34 Saves
    Pagosa Springs, Colorado

    Experience the majestic San Juan Mountains at our quiet, family and pet friendly RV/tent campground and mountain cabins. 32 FHU RV sites, tent area and 7 mountain cabins on 10 shaded acres. Enjoy the cool, refreshing mountain air at an elevation of 8,100 ft. We’re 18 scenic miles from the highway just off Piedra road (Forest Service road #631), 20 miles Northwest of Pagosa Springs in Southwest Colorado. Leave the crowds behind and relax with family & friends at our ecologically friendly campground, fish for trout on nearby waters, take a scenic & refreshing hike into the San Juan Mountains, check out beautiful Piedra Falls, take a guided horseback ride to Ice Cave Ridge or the Weminuche Wilderness with on site outfitter Crazy Horse Outfitters, or just relax under one of our beautiful ponderosa pine trees!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $34 - $58 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Thirty Mile
    Camper-submitted photo from Thirty Mile
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    Camper-submitted photo from Thirty Mile

    6.

    Thirty Mile

    3 Reviews
    16 Photos
    58 Saves
    City of Creede, Colorado

    Overview

    Thirty Mile Campground is nestled on the banks of the Rio Grande River, just a short mile from the Rio Grande Reservoir. The location is perfect for anyone who loves to spend time fishing, canoeing and swimming. In addition, there are two trailheads and regular interpretive programs located at the campground. Across from the Thirty Mile 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

    Anglers and hikers are common campers at Thirty Mile, and the San Juan Mountains provide great fun for backpackers and horse packers. Two trailheads, Squaw Creek and Weminuche Pass, lead eager hikers into the Weminuche Wilderness and link up to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

    Facilities

    Anglers and hikers are common campers at Thirty Mile, and the San Juan Mountains provide great fun for backpackers and horse packers. Two trailheads, Squaw Creek and Weminuche Pass, lead eager hikers into the Weminuche Wilderness and link up to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.

    Natural Features

    The campground is located in a meadow among mature spruce and aspen trees, just between the Rio Grande River and Squaw Creek. All sites are nicely shaded and some overlook the creek. 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.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (805) 434-1996.

    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $29 - $33 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Ponderosa Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Ponderosa Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Ponderosa Campground

    7.

    Ponderosa Campground

    5 Reviews
    30 Photos
    90 Saves
    Capulin, Colorado

    Ponderosa Campground is located at the northwest end of the Soap Creek Arm of Blue Mesa Reservoir. 28 tent and medium sized RV sites can be accommodated at Ponderosa. All sites are first-come first-served.

    Note: During dry conditions, the first 7 miles of Soap Creek Road are passable to trailers and RVs. Rain can make the Soap Creek Road hazardous or impassable.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Mill Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Mill Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Mill Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Mill Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Mill Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Mill Creek

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    Mill Creek

    5 Reviews
    12 Photos
    182 Saves
    Lake City, Colorado

    Overview

    Mill Creek Campground is located 14 miles southwest of Lake City, Colorado at 9,500 feet above sea level. Nestled along the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River, the campground offers a fishing access trail for anglers and river access (though boating is not recommended from this location). The campground is surrounded by the Redcloud Peak and Handies Peak Wilderness Study Areas with world class hiking opportunities just a short drive away, including trails to three 14,000-foot peaks. From the campground, licensed OHV's and high clearance 4-wheel-drive vehicles can access the legendary Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway; a rugged 65 mile road system that connects the towns of Lake City, Silverton, and Ouray through the spectacular mountain scenery of the San Juan Mountains. The campground is accessible June through September.____

    Recreation

    Mill Creek Campground is an ideal base camp for exploring the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway and the majestic San Juan Mountains. Whether you like to ride an off-highway vehicle, fly fish the Lake Fork, learn about the area's hardrock mining history, or challenge yourself to hike one of the 14,000-foot peaks, this area has something for everyone. There are also opportunities for viewing wildlife, seasonal wildflowers, and fishing the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River or nearby Lake San Cristobal.

    Facilities

    Mill Creek Campground has 22 campsites suitable for tent camping and medium sized RV's. Each campsite is limited to eight people and two vehicles. Each campsite features a metal fire ring with a cooking grate, a picnic table, and a bear-proof food storage box. Mill Creek Campground has vault restrooms, hand pumps for potable water, and bear-proof trash dumpsters on site. No electric or hookups are available at Mill Creek Campground. Campground hosts are available from June through early September.__

    Natural Features

    Mill Creek offers shaded campsites among a mixed spruce/fir and aspen forest with magnificent mountain views of some of the highest peaks in Colorado and the sounds of the nearby Mill Creek and the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River.

    Nearby Attractions

    Enjoy Lake City, nestled in the valley of the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River and Henson Creek, not only for shopping but to take in the impressive Hinsdale County Museum that celebrates the residents of past and present and tells of the rich railway history of the rail line that went to Lake City from 1889 to 1933. A variety of tours are also available including learning about the momental volcano that formed Lake City.______ Lake City also is a Gateway Community for hiking the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) that traverses 800 miles of majestic and challenging peaks dotted with abandoned homesteads, ghost towns, and remnants of Native Americans and settlers who flocked here to mine gold and silver. Other shorter hikes from town can lead to some wonderful waterfalls.__ Discover Lake San Cristobal, the second largest natural lake in Colorado that was formed by the Slumgullion Earthflow that slid 700 years ago, damming the Lake Fork of the Gunnison. The lake offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities including boating and fishing and much more.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (970) 642-4940.

    • Pets
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Ute Creek Trailhead #819
    Camper-submitted photo from Ute Creek Trailhead #819
    Camper-submitted photo from Ute Creek Trailhead #819
    Camper-submitted photo from Ute Creek Trailhead #819

    9.

    Ute Creek Trailhead #819

    1 Review
    4 Photos
    14 Saves
    Silverton, Colorado

    Access to the Weminuche Wilderness

    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Toilets
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Palisades Horse Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Palisades Horse Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Palisades Horse Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Palisades Horse Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Palisades Horse Camp

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    Palisades Horse Camp

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    5 Photos
    6 Saves
    Pagosa Springs, Colorado

    Overview

    Palisades Horse Camp is located 30 miles north of Pagosa Springs, high in the San Juan National Forest. This beautiful area has excellent horseback riding and hiking trails and an abundance of wildlife.

    Recreation

    Hiking and horseback riding trails are the main attraction at Palisades. The Williams Creek Trail leads directly from the campground into the Weminuche Wilderness, crossing the Continental Divide.

    Facilities

    Hiking and horseback riding trails are the main attraction at Palisades. The Williams Creek Trail leads directly from the campground into the Weminuche Wilderness, crossing the Continental Divide.

    Natural Features

    The campground is nestled in a stand of pine, spruce and fir trees, and sits at an elevation of 8,300 feet. The area provides panoramic views of the surrounding meadows and mountains. Williams Creek flows nearby. The surrounding forest provides a prime wildlife habitat. Bears, deer, elk and moose frequent the area.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Cancellations Individual Campsites: Cancellations up to 2 days before a reservation start date incur a $10.00 cancellation fee.__ A visitor who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee including tax and applicable add-on for a campsite. Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee. No-Shows A no-show visitor is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date. No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's rate, taxes and applicable add-on for a campsite.____ Refunds Visitors may submit a refund request through their Recreation.gov profile within 7 days of the end date of their reservation. Refunds will not be issued after the 7 days has ended. Refunds for debit or credit card payments will be issued as a credit to the original bank or credit card used to pay. For check or cash purchases, Recreation.gov will mail a Treasury check for refunds of cash, check, or money order payments to the address associated with the reservation. Treasury check refunds may take up to 6-8 weeks to arrive.__ In the event of an emergency closure, the Recreation.gov team or facility manager will refund all fees and will attempt to notify you using the contact information within the Recreation.gov visitor profile.

    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Picnic Table

    $27 / night

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