National Forest Campgrounds in South Fork, Colorado

National Forest Campgrounds in South Fork, Colorado
South Fork is located in southwestern Colorado, at the junction of Highway 149 and Highway 160, at the south end of the Rio Grande National Forest. From South Fork, Wolf Creek Ski Area is an hour drive southwest on Highway 160. The Rio Grande River passes through South Fork, offering boating and fishing opportunities, while a plethora of hiking and climbing exists in the San Juan mountains to the west. Campgrounds in the area are part of the Divide Ranger District.

Park Creek Campground

Park Creek Campground is a small campground just south of South Fork on Highway 160. The site is at an elevation of 9,500 feet, and has 12 campsites. One water pump is onsite, and pit toilets are available as well. Each site has fire grates and picnic tables. Firewood is available for a fee. The campground is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Park Creek Campground
Highway 160
South Fork, CO 81154
http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/riogrande/recreation/camping/cg_div_park_creek.shtml

Cathedral Campground

Cathedral Campground is located north of South Fork and is accessed via County Road 640, a dirt road. The campground is at an elevation of 9,400 feet. A total of 29 sites are available, spread out over two loops. The left-side loop is more open, while the right side loop is shaded by Aspen trees. Cathedral Lake Trail 794 leaves from the campground, offering a modest hike that is also accessible to horses and mountain bikes. A pit toilet is at the site, and water is available from a hand pump. Each site has picnic tables and fire grates. The campground is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Cathedral Campground
Forest Service Road 640
South Fork, CO 81154
http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/riogrande/recreation/camping/cg_div_cathedral.shtml

Cross Creek Campground

Cross Creek Campground is located west of South Fork, accessed off Highway 160, and is located on the southern shore of Beaver Creek Reservoir, which offers fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout and Kokanee salmon. The final four miles of the approach road (Beaver Creek Road) is gravel. It is a small campground, with 11 sites shaded by spruce trees. Picnic tables and fire grates are located at each site. The campground has pit toilets and hand pumped water.

Cross Creek Campground
Forest Service Road 360
South Fork, CO 81154
http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/riogrande/recreation/camping/cg_div_cross_creek.shtml

Article Written By Candace Horgan

Candace Horgan has worked as a freelance journalist for more than 12 years. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Denver Post" and "Mix." Horgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and history.

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