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Rio Grande National Forest lies in South-central Colorado near the cities of Creede and Pagosa Springs. The park was designated in 1908 and gets its name from Rio Grande River that meanders through the park. Covering 1,849,414 acres, Rio Grande National Forest is made up of four wilderness areas. At 164,995 acres, Weminuche is the largest of the Rio Grande National Forest wilderness areas while Langarita Wilderness at 50,180 acres is the smallest. The other two areas include 88,923 acre-South San Juan Wilderness and 120, 080 acre-Sangre de Cristo Wilderness.

With nearly two million acres, Rio Grande National Forest features Canyons, mountain lakes, creeks, and prairies. Wheeler Geological Area and Penitente Canyon are the prime attractions here. Rent an RV in Creede during the warmer months and enjoy biking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, scenic drives, hunting, and rock climbing. Some of the top things to do in Rio Grande National Forest in winter include skiing, sledding, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.

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Getting Outdoors

When you rent an RV in Mineral County, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do in Rio Grande National Forest. Should you love hunting, this forest allows the hunting of a variety of game species. The most popular game animals include elk and deer.

A trip to Rio Grande National Forest is not complete without visiting the Penitente Canyon. Although this spot is most popular with sightseers and photographers, it also attracts a lot of rock climbers from far and wide. There are over 250 climbing routes available.

With over 40 trails, hiking is one of the most fun things to do in this forest. Hiking the Wheeler Geological Area is high on the list of things to do in Rio Grande National Forest for most visitors. Dubbed as the ‘City of Gnomes,‘ this is one of the most scenic areas in Rio Grande National Forest. This area can be reached via a number of trails, including East Bellows Creek Trail and Wason- Wheeler Trail. While here, hikers will find other nice trails such as Big Meadows Reservoir Trail, Archuleta Trail, and Willow Lake Trail. For a quick adventure and awesome views, you can put your RV rental to good use by driving along Continental Divide National Scenic Trail that snakes through Rio Grande National Forest.

Camping at Rio Grande National Forest

When you need a spot to park your motorhome rental, there are over 30 campgrounds within Rio Grande National Forest. The Thirty Mile Campground is located in Weminuche Wilderness Area along Squaw Creek. It has 35 sites. Amenities offered include a dumping station, water spigots, and vault toilets.

If you are looking for river sites, Marshall Park Campground lies along the Rio Grande River. Dumping station and potable water are available.

For equestrian campers, Luders Creek Campground offers five sites. Amenities offered include corrals, picnic tables, and a stock watering site. Sites can accommodate motorhome rentals of up to 25 feet.

Exploring the Area

There are tons of activities to keep you engaged when you book a motorhome in Creede. Coming with kids? Drive your RV rental to Colorado Gators Reptile Park. Located in Mosca, this is a nice spot to spend a few hours if you love animals. Visitors can feed and pet animals such as gators, iguanas, and dragons. Other reptilian species you will find here include turtles, tortoises, pythons, geckos, and rattlers. There are plenty of birds and fish too.

Creede, being an old mining town, has a wealth of mining history. If you are a history buff, you can drive your rental motorhome to Underground Mining Museum. Located in Pernik less than an hour’s drive away, this replica mine museum showcases old mining equipment and methods. If you have additional time, consider taking a guided tour along the Bachelor Historic Loop. Conducted by retired miners, this tour takes visitors through the history of mining and mining processes in the past.

Located near Monte Vista, about 38 miles away from Rio Grande National Forest, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for animal lovers. Should you enjoy photography, be sure to pack your best lenses in your camper rental. Sprawling over 15,000 acres, this is one of the best places to witness the Annual Sandhill Cranes Migration in Colorado. Each year, over 15,000sandhill cranes, rest in this section of San Luis Valley. When you want to experience this spectacular attraction, consider renting an RV in Creede from February to April. This manmade refuge also provides a pretty setting to see ducks, great horned owls, hawks, Canada geese, and warblers. Besides birding, visitors can spot other animals such as deer and coyotes.

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