Rio Grande National Forest Guide

Colorado’s San Luis Valley is home to the 1.86-million-acre Rio Grande National Forest. This forest near Del Norte, Colorado, contains the world’s largest agricultural alpine valley and one of the world's largest high deserts. The Rio Grande River runs through it, and the Continental Divide runs along its western border. 

RV Rentals Near Rio Grande National Forest

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Rio Grande National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Rio Grande National Forest

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How to get to Rio Grande National Forest

Address: North Clear Creek Falls Observation Site, Rio Grande National Forest, Forest Rd 510.3B, Creede, CO 81130

Fee: Entry fee $0

There are several reasons to bring your RV when visiting the Rio Grande National Forest. First, this area has some of the darkest skies in America, and you will not want to miss them. Secondly, this area is remote. Therefore, finding accommodations can be very rough. Most importantly, staying in one of this national forest’s many campgrounds allows you to be close to all the action.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Rio Grande National Forest

Does Rio Grande National Forest offer free camping sites?

Yes, Rio Grande National Forest offers free camping sites. Dispersed camping is allowed in the forest, and does not cost. Developed campgrounds usually charge a fee, but also have more amenities for campers.

Is there a limit to how long you can camp in Rio Grande National Forest?

Yes, there is a limit to how long you can camp in Rio Grande National Forest. Dispersed campers are allowed to stay in one spot for a maximum of 14 days in one 30-day period. Most developed campgrounds have the same limit, but it's best to check with the campground to be sure.

Is Rio Grande National Forest open all year round?

Yes, Rio Grande National Forest is open year-round. In summer, visitors can hike, paddle, and fish and in winter, they can snowshoe or enjoy other winter outdoor activities.

Can you kayak, canoe, or raft in Rio Grande National Forest?

Yes, you can kayak and canoe in the various lakes and rivers of Rio Grande National Forest. There are also companies nearby that can take you on a rafting trip in the area.

What is the closest town to Rio Grande National Forest?

Creede is one of the towns located in the Rio Grande National Forest. It's a small town, but there are places to eat and restock camping supplies if you need.