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Marshall Park Campground

Elevation: 8,800 Feet (2743.1 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 16
Reservation Remarks: The campground is operated under a reservation system. You may make reservations up to 120 days in advance of your first night of arrival or as late as 10 days prior to your arrival. This system ensures a campsite will be available and waiting for you u
Reservation Status: Accepted



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General Description

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Campground is located adjacent to Colorado Hwy. 149 and the Rio Grande River for easy access to through travelers and it is the closest Forest campground to Creede. There is very little screening or trees in the campground, so heavy vehicle traffic along Colorado Hwy. 149 is visible. The sun hits most of campground in the late morning, which means cool morning temperatures . The road is blacktopped through the campground and some spurs and pull-throughs are also paved. Maximum trailer length is 30 feet.

The facilities include 16 sites with parking spur, table and fire ring. There is a vault toilet designed for handicapped usage but not accessible for wheelchairs. The toilet does have a light. Drinking water is provided with a well and is closed after Labor Day. Garbage cans are centrally grouped and available for use until Labor Day. There is a sink water disposal facility. Campground hosts are stationed here. Firewood is not provided. Campfire programs are presented periodically through the summer. The Rio Grande River is very close and can provide much summer water fun. This is a very popular campground and is heavily used. It tends to remain full from mid-June through August.

Directions from Creede, Colorado: Travel 7.0 miles west on Colorado Highway 149 to Forest Development Road # 523. Take Forest Road # 523 1.0 mile to campground entrance.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend (NOTE: Very popular and heavily used, water turned off after Labor Day) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Camping, Single Unit Call for Current Fee Parking spur, table, fire ring



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
open by Memorial Day Weekend Updated: 2000-05-09 10:49:00.0


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Filed By: Tom-The Van Man (Lufkin, Tx)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Stayed there again in June of 05, Same as usual. Quite and peacful.
Conditions: Usual Colorado afternoon showers. Very nice.
Water Availability: Ample water. No problem. Water is brought in daily by National Forest.

Filed By: Tom-The Van Man (Lufkin, Tx)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Only 6 Miles from Creede going toward Lake City. Turn Left just before the bridge over the Rio Grande River. Stayed IN June 04 and August 04. The camp host is very friendly and helpful. Was there during the wood carvers round up in Creed. Several carvers we at the park. Had nightly camp fires at the host station.
Conditions: Conditions VERY good. Large camp sites and plenty of room. Shade trees along the river.
Water Availability: Plent of water at the park but Water can be gotten at the only service station in Creed. Ask first and they are frindly.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Other Watercraft Good rafting and tubing put-in points
Yes
ICON RV Camping The road is mostly paved, 30 foot maximum length
Yes
ICON Tent Camping Little screening or trees
Yes
ICON Camping Marshall Park Campground
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Rio Grande River
Yes



Nearby Services

Groceries: VARIOUS PRIVATE CONCERNS (Private - Profit) Directions: 7 MILES EAST OF CAMPGROUND.

Gas Station: CONOCO (Private - Profit) Directions: 7 MILES EAST OF CAMPGROUND.

Miscellaneous: VARIOUS CONCERNS (Private - Profit) Directions: 7 MILES EAST OF CAMPGROUND



Related Activities
Crooked Creek Campground - Usually has a vacancy when other upriver campgrounds are full.Located very close to Forest Road 520, with heavy traffic.

East Bellows Trail - The trail provides good hiking access to Wheeler Geologic Area, Halfmoon Pass, and the La Garita Wilderness. Beautiful views and unique geologic features are the main attractions of this trail.

Farmers Creek Trail - Only a few decent camping places exist along the lower portion of the trail. Good scenery and access to Wheeler Geologic Area, La Garita Wilderness and the vastness of Wason Park.

La Garita - Phoenix Park-Halfmoon Pass Trail - Excellent scenery, a bounty of wildflowers and a good opportunity to see elk exist along this trail. Large open alpine meadows with scattered patches of old growth spruce/fir timber are a common part of the landscape.

Middle Fork Cut-Off Trail - The trail offers an alternative or circuit route to Machin Lake from the Middle Fork trail. It is steep and poorly marked; it has been staked for future reconstruction.

Middle Fork Trail - The trail provides a direct route to Machin Lake via the Middle Fork of Saguache Creek. Attractions are fishing in the lake and creeks, a waterfall midway, diverse wildlife, and excellent scenery.

Miners Creek Trail - Scenery and solitude are available along this trail. Excellent views of white chalk like cliffs are present at the head of Miners Creek.

Rio Grande Dispersed Camping Area - Site is located 9.5 miles southwest of Creede just off Colorado Highway 149. Screening - on an open bench directly on Rio Grande River - trees along river.

Rio Grande River - The Rio Grande is a popular rafting area. Because of shallow water and many boulders, the river is better suited for rafting than canoeing and kayaking

Sawmill Gulch Trail (Divide Ranger District) - The main attraction of this trail is the access to Crystal Lake. Good camping areas are generally not available until reaching the McKenzie Park area approximately 3.3 miles from the Miners Creek Road.

Silver Thread National Scenic Byway - This scenic highway passes through Creede and the Upper Rio Grande Valley and contains some of the most magnificent scenery and colorful history in the Sate of Colorado.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Alamosa Visitor Information Center, Cole Park , Alamosa, CO, 81101, Phone: 719-589-4840, bluskys@alamosa.org

Links to other sites:
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