This small campground sits along the banks of the South Fork of the Rio Grande on the east side of Wolf Creek Pass. There are 13 newly remodeled campsites, two toilets, trash service, and drinking water. Camping is $17 per night and sites are first-come, first-served. Thick tree cover and foliage screen the sound of U.S. Highway 160 (which is just beyond the campground), and several sites are situated right along the river. Anglers will find great trout fishing in the river, which runs through a canyon here, while hikers have several trails to choose from in the area.
- Skip the first few sites in favor of nicer, shadier ones along the river and past the first bathroom.
- Bears are known to roam the area, so don’t leave any food out. And especially don’t try to keep food safe from bears by keeping it in the tent.
- Its location right along the highway makes this a good alternative to hotels while traveling in southern Colorado.
- For an awe-inspiring view, drive to the top of the pass and then to Lobo Overlook, which provides a panoramic vista of the San Juan Mountains.
Recommended season(s): Memorial Day – Labor Day.
—R. Scott Rappold