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Rio Grande National Forest

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County Road 18C Pagosa Springs, CO 81147 719-657-3321 719-852-5941

GPS: 37.724, -107.258

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Overview of Thirtymile

Number of Sites 49

Reservations yes

Elevation 9,317 ft / 2,839 m

Max Length 30 ft

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Verizon 3G
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Last reported 6/5/2019
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Colorado Highlander
Monument, CO 21' Starcraft 2018 Comet Mini Extreme 17UDS Ford 2016 Expedition Limited 4x4
3 reviews
“Delightful campground at the confluence of the Rio Grande River and Squaw Creek”

Reviewed 6/5/2019

Nightly rate: $22
Days stayed: 3
Site Number: 5
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First of all, this campground is about 30 miles (hence the name, I suppose) NW of Creede (it is not near Pagosa Springs), CO. Take CO 149 west out of Creede to mile marker 41.5 and turn west on to FR520 towards Rio Grande Reservoir - and go about another 12 miles. I believe that there are about 45 sites, and I don't think we saw a bad one. The perimeter sites are right on the Rio Grande River or Squaw Creek, and the interior sites surround an open group area. All of the sites are spaced out nicely so that they feel very private. There are both pull through and back-in sites, and small to medium sized rigs should have not have a problem. I am not sure what the maximum equipment length is (we camp in a small 21' travel trailer) but that information is probably available on or the forest service website for the campground. Most of the sites are reasonably level. Reservations are taken for the majority of the sites, but there are a few that are walk-ins.

There is fishing in both the Rio Grande, as well as Squaw Creek. There are also a couple of hiking trails that start in the campground. To the southeast of the campground are the remnants of what used to be the Thirty Mile Resort (operated from about 1938 until 2008 or thereabouts) which has several cabins. The forest service has the resort area closed off, but it is still interesting to hike around the area.Potable water is available as several locations, and the vault toilets are very clean. There are also dumping receptacles for sink water. Verizon cell service was pretty much nonexistent. This year's (2019) camp hosts (Ted and Doris) are very friendly and are doing a terrific job.

Thirty Mile is a relatively remote campground at 9500' in elevation so it is very quiet. We camped at at the beginning of June (early in the season) so we had the campground pretty much to ourselves. The only noise that we could hear was the rushing of the Rio Grande that was running fast right behind our campsite (#5). Our neighbors were a couple of moose cows with their newborn calves, and a 'camp robber' fox who joined us for dinner a couple of evenings.

The only negative to this area is significant burn scar from a recent wildfire that is evident on the drive in on FR520 - with that said, though, the burn scar ends right before you arrive at Thirty Mile CG so it does not detract from the camping experience there.

We will definitely go back. Standard rate is $22 night, but we paid $11/night with our lifetime senior interagency pass.

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Verizon 3G

Colorado Highlander would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • restrooms: vault
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