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Camping: Colorado > Rio Grande National Forest > Divide Ranger District

Quick Facts

Columbine Picnic Ground

Elevation: 8,800 Feet (2743.1 Meters)
Number of sites: 7
Reservation Remarks: 3 - 7' TABLES. FIRST COME/FIRST SERVED.
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Rocky Mountain Columbine
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Rocky Mountain Columbine
Columbine Picnic Area is located alongside U.S. Highway 160, 26 miles west of Del Norte and 9 miles west of South Fork. The facilities include: 6 picnic sites with tables, a vault toilet, parking space for trailers and motor homes and drinking water is provided with hand pumps during the summer months. There is fishing access to the South Fork of the Rio Grande.

Commercial facilities are located 1/2 mile east at South Fork. Interpretive signs are located here. Please pack your trash, no refuse receptacles are provided. This site is for day use only.


Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: Picnic Ground alternates staying open after Labor Day until November 15, for Fall color viewing. Reduced services. Campground may close earlier due to deep snow.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cold Water Fishing South Fork of the Rio Grande
ICON Viewing Interpretive Signs
ICON Picnicking Drinking water available in summer only.

Nearby Services

Restaurants: VARIOUS LOCAL CONCERNS (Private - Profit) Directions: 9.5 MILES EAST TO SOUTH FORK, COLORADO.

Gas Station: VARIOUS LOCAL CONCERNS (Private - Profit) Directions: 9.5 MILES EAST TO SOUTH FORK, COLORADO.

Groceries: VARIOUS LOCAL CONCERNS (Private - Profit) Directions: 9.5 MILES EAST TO SOUTH FORK, COLORADO.

Nearest Pay Phone: LOCAL (Private - Profit) Directions: 9.5 MILES EAST TO SOUTH FORK, COLORADO.

Related Activities
Big Meadows Campground - Attractions include fishing at Big Meadows Reservoir and in the South Fork of the Rio Grande, access to the Weminuche Wilderness via the Archuleta Creek Trail 839, visiting Cascade Falls.

Big Meadows Cross-Country - Parking is available at the Big Meadows turnoff on U.S. Highway 160.

Park Creek Campground - Wolf Creek Pass is 9.5 miles from the campground and the south fork of the Rio Grande and Park Creek are accessible for fishing. The facilities have 13 sites.

Tucker Ponds Campground - Tucker Ponds Campground is in the Pass Creek drainage just off U.S. Highway 160. Fishing attractions include Tucker Ponds and Pass Creek.

More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Email the Local Ranger

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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