Rio Grande National Forest
Thirty Mile Campground
As of 2023, this campground is no longer operated by Scenic Canyons, and this page will not be updated. For up to date information, please visit the Forest Service website.
Thirty Mile Campground is nestled on the banks of the Rio Grande River, just a short mile from the Rio Grande Reservoir. The location is perfect for anyone who loves to spend time fishing, canoeing and swimming. In addition, there are two trailheads and regular interpretive programs located at the campground.
Across from the Thirty Mile is the Weminuche Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in Colorado. It's a famously rugged region with three mountain peaks reaching over 14,000 feet.
$26 for a single site
$52 for a double site
$31 for full hookup
$13 for day use
$15 for day use with full hookup
Reservations: Available at recreation.gov. Reservations can be made 6 months prior to the first day of your camping stay.
Natural Features: The campground is located in a meadow among mature spruce and aspen trees, just between the Rio Grande River and Squaw Creek. All sites are nicely shaded and some overlook the creek.
The Rio Grande National Forest spans 1.86 million acres in south-central Colorado. The Continental Divide runs for 236 miles along most of the forest's western border, presenting a myriad of ecosystems from alpine desert to dense wilderness.
Recreation: Anglers and hikers are common campers at Thirty Mile, and the San Juan Mountains provide great fun for backpackers and horse packers. Two trailheads, Squaw Creek and Weminuche Pass, lead eager hikers into the Weminuche Wilderness and link up to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
Facilities: No electric site hookups are available. Firewood is sold onsite. There is ample parking for day visitors but stock unloading and horse trailers are not permitted. Sites are designed for both tent and trailer camping. Drinking water, toilets and trash bins are available.
Open Dates: Friday before Memorial Day to second Monday in September, weather permitting.
Directions: From Alamosa, go west on US 160 to South Fork. Turn northwest on State Highway 149 through Creede. Continue on Highway 149 to mile marker 41, turn west (gravel road) on Rio Grande Reservoir Road and continue for 12 miles to Thirty Mile Campground. See map below.
See more campgrounds managed by Scenic Canyons in the Rio Grande National Forest.
For more information, visit the Forest Service website.