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North Clear Creek Campground

Elevation: 9,800 Feet (3054.9 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 25
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

This campground is located 24.5 miles west of Creede on Forest Road 510. It is completely hidden from FR 510 and has 25 sites with parking spurs, tables and a fire ring in each. 2 vault type toilets are provided and drinking water comes from a well. Garbage cans are centrally located, but you must pack it out after Labor Day. Firewood is not provided.

A host is stationed at the campground which is usually only about 1/3 full. It is adjacent to North Clear Creek which is great for fishing. Some sites are in open, while some sites are screened with small aspen/spruce/fir. This is a good general area in the fall to observe and take pictures of the aspen colors in the fall.

Directions from Creede, Colorado: Travel west on Colorado Highway 149 for 22.4 miles to Forest Road #510. Take FR # 510 north for 2.1 miles to campground entrance.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Tables, fire ring, parking spu

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed Updated: 2000-05-09 10:49:00.0

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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Camp hosts are great. Go out of their way to make your stay pleasant. Provide games for campers...toilets and campground kept immaculately. Only complaint we have is the price. $11 is just too much considering no hookups. This campground is rarely full, but would probably attract a lot more campers if price were lower.

Filed By: Frank Vigil (Albuquerque, NM)
Time of Day: 3:30 p.m.
Length of Time: Not long.
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: N. Clear Creek Campground's greatest asset would have to be the campground hosts, Billy and Jewel. They know the area well, and go out of their way to make your trip enjoyable! Can provide info on where the fishing is best, 'cuz they both fish regularly. In fact, here's how nice they are: when I had mechanical problems with my truck, Billy handed me the keys to his truck to go find my partner so I could go buy parts! Great people! Now, the campground is 2 miles off the highway, which makes it quiet and reasonably secluded. Campground was not crowded. The stream runs next to the campground, though not right through it. Fishing in lakes is w/in a few miles...Road Canyon Reservoir is about 10 miles; Browns Lakes, about 5; Rito Hondo Reservoir, about 6; Contential Reservoir about 7.5. It's VERY dry up there this year, and you MUST be careful with anything that could cause a fire. When we were there (6/6 - 6/12/02), a couple of days, the smoke was awful from the fire burning north of Durango. All depends on where the wind is coming from. There is water on site, but it's from a hand-pump well. If you need to refill an RV Tank, be sure to take good-sized water containers, and a funnel would really help! Mosquitoes were present and do bite, but there weren't millions of them. But, mosquito repellant will come in handy. If you go there, tell Billy that Frank from New Mexico recommended the location and them very highly. I'll go back again, but I sure hope it rains first! Remember: BE CAREFUL w/fire. NO campfires are allowed now due to fire restrictions. N. Clear Creek Waterfall is about 2 miles, and is a 'must see'. Fishing in the N. Clear Creek may produce a few fish, but they are small. Road Canyon reservoir can produce some really big fish. I saw one pulled out by someone else (unfortunately, not me!) that was 24' long and weighed 5 1/2 pounds!

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON RV Camping 30' maximum length
ICON Tent Camping Some sites in the open, others screened
ICON Camping North Clear Creek Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing North Clear Creek
ICON Big Game Hunting Nearby
ICON Viewing Scenery Aspen trees colorful in the fall, North Clear Creek Falls overlook

Nearby Services

Groceries: FREEMAN'S STORE (Private - Profit) Directions: 12 MILES SOUTH OF CAMPGROUND

Related Activities
Bristol View Campground - Campground is located 22.6 miles west of Creede on Forest Road #510. 16 Campgrounds with fishing and trail access.

Crystal Lake Road 532a - This is a short (2.5 miles) scenic primitive road that leads to Crystal Lake. This five-acre lake usually provides fair to good catches of rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout.

La Garita - Spring Creek Pass to Rat Creek Trail - The trail provides excellent panoramic views in all directions. A feeling of vastness can be experienced while traveling across the immense open space one finds on Snow Mesa.

Miners Creek Trail - Scenery and solitude are available along this trail. Excellent views of white chalk like cliffs are present at the head of Miners Creek.

North Clear Creek - Four fishing access points to North Clear Creek are provided by means of primitive dirt roads, marked with white arrows, that lead off Forest Road #513 (Continental Reservoir/Rito Honda Reservoir Road).

North Clear Creek Falls - This site is 27 miles west of Creede in a fenced area with open grass vegetation. There is a very picturesque view of North Clear Creek Falls.

North Clear Creek Road 510 Scenic Drive - This scenic mountain drive is on a gravel road which provides access to South Clear Creek Campground, North Clear Creek Campground and North Clear Creek Falls Overlook.

North Clear Creek Road 510/Santa Maria-Seepage Roa - The route crosses open parks and rolling aspen-covered hills. Beautiful views of Bristol Head Peak and the surrounding mountains of the Continental Divide, as well as North Clear Creek waterfall are available.

North Long Ridge Primitive Road - This is a short, 3.8 mile easy jeep road, which primarily provides fishing access to Clear Creek via two short spur roads located along it.

Road Canyon Campground - This campground usually has vacancy when other upriver campgrounds are full. The area is open, with no screening or trees, and it is not screened from Rio Grande Reservoir Road.

Sawmill Gulch Trail (Divide Ranger District) - The main attraction of this trail is the access to Crystal Lake. Good camping areas are generally not available until reaching the McKenzie Park area approximately 3.3 miles from the Miners Creek Road.

Silver Thread Campground - This facility is located adjacent to Highway 149. The area is mostly open and grassy with little screening or trees. CO Highway loops around the campground on three sides, with no screening from the campground.

Silver Thread National Scenic Byway - This scenic highway passes through Creede and the Upper Rio Grande Valley and contains some of the most magnificent scenery and colorful history in the Sate of Colorado.

Texas Creek Trail - The Texas Creek Trail is lightly used and provides access to the popular Ruby Lake area and Trout Lake. From Big Ruby Lake either this trail or Red Lakes Trail (#889) will provide access to Red Lakes and Trout Lake.

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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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