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Road Canyon Campground

Elevation: 9,300 Feet (2899.0 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 6

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General Description

Road Canyon Reservoir - 9.74
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Road Canyon Reservoir - 9.74
This campground, located at the head of Road Canyon Reservoir, 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.

It has 6 camping units, each with a parking spur, table, and fire ring. An undeveloped overflow camping area is directly across the road. A vault type toilet is provided, but no trash receptacles (Please pack your trash), firewood or drinking water. There is fishing access and a boat launch at Road Canyon Reservoir.

Directions from Creede: Travel southwest fro, Creede on Highway 149 for about 20 miles, to the intersection of Highway 149 and Forest Road 520 (Rio Grande Reservoir Road), then drive almost 6 miles west on FR 520.

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

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-05-09 10:52:00.0

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Filed By: MikeKirk (Blanchard, OK)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
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Filed By: Mike Kirk (Moore, OK)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The road in to Road Canyon Lake is well marked with Nat.Forest signs.There is a boat ramp and plenty of picnic areas.The campground is at the upper end of the lake.There are restrooms on each end of the lake.I think this is one of the best fish from the shore lakes we've visited. We had good luck using the clear floats that you fill with water.Put a large swivel on your line below the water filled float.This allows the trout to take your bait without feeling any resistance.I caught some real nice rainbows(12 to 14 in.).Got a limit every day. The area around this lake offers good scenic drives and lots of wildlife.We saw 4 cow elk and one bull directly across from where we fished.The high bluffs above the lake block out all the unnatural light at night and the skies are great for satelite hunting.We saw the International Space Station three nights in a row!This lake is very popular so the best time to get a campsite is to arrive during the week. There are now disposal containers so you have to take your trash out.This is bear country.Don't leave trash in your vehicle or near your RV. We plan to return in the fall 2010.See you there! UPDATE !!! Winter 2010 The Solar Panels which power the aeriators in the lake were covered over with ice and snow.Low oxygen caused huge fish kill.Fishing has surely suffered! What a disaster.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Boat Launching Road Canyon and Rio Grande Reservoirs
ICON Camping Road Canyon Campground
ICON Fishing Road Canyon and Rio Grande Reservoirs
ICON Ice Fishing Road Canyon and Rio Grande Reservoirs
ICON Scenic Driving Rio Grande Reservoir Road 520

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.

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.

Regan Lake (House Canyon) Road 521 - This is an easy, short (4.8 miles), dead-end jeep road which primarily provides fishing access to Regan Lake (91.5 acres).

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

Road Canyon Picnic Ground - 24.5 miles southwest of Creede on Forest Road #520. Picnic and fisherman parking.

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

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.

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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