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Rito Hondo Reservoir

Elevation: 10,200 Feet (3179.6 Meters)
Size: 41 Acres
Usage: Very Heavy more than 1500 users per season

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General Description

Rito Hondo Reservoir is a 41 acre lake located 30.6 miles northwest of Creede. There is no screening or trees. This is a very open area with only grass vegetation and it is often windy. Despite the limited facilities, this area experiences extra heavy use.

This is an undeveloped camping area - so no drinking water or refuse receptacles. Please pack your trash. There is a vault type toilet for your convenience. There is ample parking for all types of vehicles and trailers. The boat ramp is dirt. The fishing is great, but no gas propelled motor boats or rafts are allowed. Electric motors are fine.

Directions from Creede: Travel west on Colorado Highway 149 for 27.3 miles, to the intersection of Colorado Highway 149 and Forest Road #513 (Rito Hondo/Continental Reservoir Road), then 3.3 miles northwest on Road #513.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
No Services Call for Current Fee Toilet - vault type.No drinkin

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Steve (Cedar Crest, NM)
Time of Day: 1000
Length of Time: 20 minutes from Silver Thread CG
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Visited during mid-week so traffic and visitors were light. Half dozen campsites occupied but we were alone on the water with the exception of a very large, very friendly beaver. Slight winds. Fishing was poor this time, nothing was caught.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Dirt ramp; no gas motors; electric motors o.k.
ICON Tent Camping Undeveloped
ICON RV Camping Ample space for vehicles and trailers
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Rito Hondo Reservoir

Related Activities
Rito Hondo Reservoir Dispersed Camping Area - Rito Hondo Reservoir is a 41 acres. It is a very open area with only grass vegetation and is often windy. Despite the limited facilities, this area experiences extra heavy use.

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.

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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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