South Fork, where the San Luis Valley meets the San Juan Mountains, is an extremely popular summer camping destination, especially among Texans. This campground is more remote than some in the area, located just above Beaver Creek Reservoir. There is a $17 per-night camping fee, toilets, and drinking water available between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There are 12 campsites, some in trees and some in a pretty meadow. The reservoir is a quarter-mile down the road from the campground, making this an excellent camping spot for people wishing to fish this lightly visited reservoir.
- ATV riders camping here can access an extensive trail network by using the Cross Creek Trail (Trail No. 502), where you’ll find the largest Douglas fir in Rio Grande National Forest.
- Beaver Creek Reservoir has shoreline fishing access and a boat ramp. Only boats with no-wake motors are allowed.
- The campground is technically open all year, as the road to the reservoir is plowed in summer, though heavy snow can cover some sites in winter.
Recommended season(s): Year-round (heavy snow closes some campsites from December through March).
—R. Scott Rappold