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Thirtymile Campground

Elevation: 9,300 Feet (2899.0 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 35
Reservation Contact: National Reservation System: 877-444-6777
Reservation Status: Accepted

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General Description

This campground has many sites that are screened well with trees. It is located adjacent to Thirty Mile Resort. Fishing is possible on the Rio Grande River, Squaw Creek, Weminuche Creek and Rio Grande Reservoir. There is trail access to the Continental Divide and Weminuche Wilderness, Weminuche Creek Trail 818 and Squaw Creek Trail 814. Forest Roads 533 and 931 are nearby 4 WD roads. Stage Station Flat is on FR 533. In 1874 a Brewster Stage Line swing station was located here. Lost Lakes can be accessed via FR 931 or 533.

This is a very popular campground which remains full from mid-June through August. There are campground hosts stationed here. There are 35 sites which have a parking spur, table and fire ring. Most sites will accommodate any sized trailer up to 32 feet and some sites can take a 35 foot unit. 3 vault toilets, with lights, have been designed for handicapped, but not wheelchairs. Drinking water is provided with a holding tank that is piped with faucets (it is shut off after Labor Day) and sink water disposal is possible. Garbage cans are centrally grouped, but no service is provided after Labor Day. Firewood is not provided. There is an Amphitheater where Campfire programs are periodically presented during the summer. There is ample parking for fishermen and backpackers. No stock unloading or horse trailers are permitted, but 1/2 and 3/4 miles east , adjacent to Forest road 250, pack stock can be unloaded and stock trailers can be parked.

Directions from Creede, Colorado: Travel south on Colorado Highway 149 for 20.1 miles to Forest Road #520 (Rio Grande Reservoir Road), then 11.0 miles west on Road #520 to campground entrance.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: Very popular campground which remains full from Mid-June through August.Could close earlier due to snow.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Firewood not provided. Campgr

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
closed Updated: 2000-05-09 10:53:00.0

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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful camp - well maintained and clean. 2 sets of camp hosts were very helpful and knowledgeable about trail information. Road in is well maintained . Good fishing in the Rio Grande. Watch for mosquitoes about an hour before dusk. Many RV'rs were using generators, but they were off by 10PM. Lighted toilets were nice and clean.
Conditions: Mainly tall mixed conifers provide good privacy. Fairly level sites all around. Good access to squaw and weminuche trail. Dont try the Weminuche trail with hikers that have difficulty with steep slopes. The first part is fairly steep, then flattens out on top. Fairly shady spots.
Water Availability: Good water access all over camp.

Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My husband and his family discovered this area 30+ years ago and have been making it an annual family reunion spot ever since. The beauty of this area can't be beat and the secret is finally out. This used to be a very secluded spot but I'm afraid something this great is going to be found out eventually. If you go, make sure you take advantage of the wonderful hiking everywhere around you. There are trails great for day hikes, overnights and just a few hours. Fishing is also a must even for those people who have never fished a river. The Rio Grande in this area usually gives up pleanty of great trout. This is one place that, even though we live in Minnesota now, we will continue as often as possible to make the drive to see.

Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Have been going to Thirty Mile since I was 10 yrs old. I have seen many changes to the campground area. We always enjoy the full moon in September and the changing colors of the aspen trees. The trout are delicious and the uncrowded campgrounds after Labor day are thoroughly delightfull. I have never been disapointed in the thousand mile trek to get to be there. Thank you to all who take care and clean up our campground. See you there for the full moon. Tobin

Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: BSA Troop 34 from Wichita Falls TX camp's here everyother yr. This is the 'GREATEST' place to be. Camp host 'BILL&Wife' are the BEST. The towns people of Creede are the best people in Colorado!!! See ya in June 2001.

Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: camp host 'bILL & HIS WIFE' were really great!!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON RV Camping Most sites will accommodate any sized trailer up to 32'; some sites 35'.
ICON Tent Camping Good screening with trees on many sites.
ICON Camping Thirtymile Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Rio Grande River, Squaw Creek, Weminuche Creek, Rio Grande Reservoir. Ample parking for fishermen.
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Forest Roads 533 and 931
ICON Hiking & Walking Access to Weminuche Wilderness/Continental Divide, Weminuche Creek Trail 818 and Squaw Creek Trail 814. Ample backpacker parking.
ICON Horseback Riding No stock unloading or horse trailers permitted - unloading of pack stock and stock trailer-truck parking, 1/2 and 3/4 mile east of campground, adjacent to Road #520.
ICON Resort & Commercial Services Thirtymile Resort
ICON Picnicking Tables, fire rings, toilets, trash cans, drinking water (in season)
ICON Attending Talks & Programs Amphitheater (Campfire programs offered on summer weekend evenings.)
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Stage Station Flat on Forest Road 533

Nearby Services

Groceries: FREEMAN'S STORE (Private - Profit) Directions: 17 MILES EAST OF CAMPGROUND.

Related Activities
Continental Divide - Knife Edge to Weminuche Pass - Opportunities for many beautiful panoramic views exist along this segment of the Continental Divide Trail. Fishermen will find some short side trips can be made to Trout, Williams, and Squaw Lakes.

Continental Divide - Weminuche Pass to Hunchback P - Many vacation adventures await visitors to this segment of the Continental Divide Trail. The raw beauty and inspiring views in this area will long be etched in the visitor's memories.

Fern Creek Trail - The Fern Creek Trail is primarily used for access to the popular Ruby Lake Area. Beyond the Ruby Lake Area toward Little Squaw Creek and Big Squaw Creek is often used very lightly in the summer months.

Reservoir (rio Grande) Picnic Ground - This site overlooks Rio Grande Reservoir and has 4 picnic units, each with tables and fireplaces.

Rio Grande Reservoir Road 520 Scenic Drive - Beautiful mountain scenery and numerous recreation facilities are found along the Rio Grande Reservoir Road #520.

Rio Grande River - The Rio Grande is a popular rafting area. Because of shallow water and many boulders, the river is better suited for rafting than canoeing and kayaking

River Hill Campground - This campground has good screening with trees on many sites and remains full from mid-June through August. It is adjacent to Rio Grande River and Little Squaw Resort.

Road Canyon Reservoir - This is a scenic high mountain reservoir that has good fishing and is suitable for all but large boats and motors.

Squaw Creek Trail - The trail primarily parallels Squaw Creek from Thirty Mile Campground to the Continental Divide. Good fishing is possible along Squaw Creek and nice camping areas are easy to find along the trail.

Thirty Mile Creek Trailhead - Campground and trailhead are located 31.1 miles southwest of Creede on Forest Road #520. Adjacent to Rio Grande River and Thirty Mile Resort.

Ute Creek Trail - This trail is the major access route into the vast Ute Basin Area. Four major fishable lakes sit in the beautiful basin. The Ute Trail is a popular route with Weminuche Wilderness visitors.

Weminuche Creek Trail - The Weminuche Trail provides quick and easy access to the Continental Divide. From Thirty Mile Campground, the trail allows a hiker to be at Weminuche Pass after an easy 4 hour trip.

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Visitor Information:

Divide Ranger Station, 13308 West US Highway 160, P.O. Box 40 , Del Norte, CO, 81132, Phone: 719-657-3321, TTY: 719-657-6038


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