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Bristol View Campground

Elevation: 9,800 Feet (3054.9 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 16
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

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There are 16 sites in this campground, primarily in open grassy meadows with aspen, spruce and fir trees along the back side of the area. The campground is adjacent to South Clear Creek for those wanting to fish and various hiking trails are accessible from here.

There is a short, 1/4 mile scenic hiking trail to a waterfall overlook and magnificent views of the narrow, cliff-lined, north and south Clear Creek Canyons.

The facilities include: 16 sites, 2 vault type toilets, centrally grouped garbage cans and drinking water is provided with a well. Firewood is not provided. The campground is usually 1/2 full and a campground host is stationed here.

Directions from Creede: Travel 22.4 miles north on Colorado Highway 149 to Forest Road #510, then 0.2 miles to campground entrance.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: Gate closes at the end of season.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Water, trash collection, and v

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Closed until Memorial Day weekend then open from Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend. Fee area! Updated: 2000-05-18 16:38:00.0

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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a nice place to stay, however the toilet facilities could be cleaner.
Conditions: Some rain and wind, occasionally a bug problem, nothing too drastic
Water Availability: Plenty of water.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON RV Camping 30' foot maximum length
ICON Tent Camping Primarily open, grassy meadow
ICON Camping Bristol View Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing Stream nearby
ICON Hiking & Walking Short, scenic overlook trail and other trails nearby
ICON Picnicking Next to South Clear Creek
ICON Viewing Scenery Waterfall, north and south Clear Creek Canyons and Bristol Head Mountains

Nearby Services

Groceries: FREEMAN'S STORE (Private - Profit) Directions: 10 MILES SOUTH

Related Activities
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 Campground - Some sites are in open, while some sites are screened with small aspen/spruce/fir. Good general area in the fall to observe and take pictures of fall aspen colors.

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.

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.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
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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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