Río Grande Headwaters

(nr Creede CO)
A long drive off the paved highway, on a good gravel road, took me to the headwaters of the Río Grande. Several creeks emptied into the canyon gradually merging to form the river.

Río Grande Headwaters

With the river dammed, a large reservoir was created to control the flow downstream. It was very scenic with the tall pines, rocky shore and snow capped mountains in the distance.

Lost Trail Creek
River Forming

The roadway followed the river and edge of the lake. Rocks, water, greenery, and a clear blue sky made for a beautiful trip. I was glad to have finally seen the area where the big river begins.

Roadway next to Reservoir
Another view of the Lake

Camp had only six well spaced sites and was next to a small creek with trees for shade. It was a nice spot to rest and relax.

Camp: Río Grande NF-Crooked Creek CG
Scene: River, reservoir

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6 Responses to Río Grande Headwaters

  1. Judie Ashford September 8, 2019 at 12:22 pm #

    You find such gorgeous places!
    Virtual hugs,

  2. Pleinguy September 8, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

    Just going to places in order to find cooler weather during the summer. Lucky for me that they turn out to be beautiful spots.

  3. Barney Ward September 8, 2019 at 4:09 pm #

    WOW that is a nice place to visit. It sounds like I could tow my small trailer into that area safely.

    • Pleinguy September 9, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

      For sure Barney. And, there are several free Forest Service campgrounds along the way.

  4. Bradford D Harris September 8, 2019 at 9:12 pm #

    Beautiful, breathtaking scenery! I’d love to camp for a couple of days in cool weather near those pine trees. When you’re out there can you smell the pine trees? If so, I imagine it’s heavenly. — VT

    • Pleinguy September 9, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

      Yes, there is a pine scent by the trees. Great camping!

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