Hipcamp host Dusty M.
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Private River Camping. Walking distance to historical downtown Trinidad and many of its dispensaries and restaurants. THIS IS NOT GLAMPING. THESE ARE UNDEVELOPED, RUGGED CAMP AREAS WITH UNEVEN TRAILS AND DENSE BRUSH IN PLACES. OUR CAMP IS DELIBERATLY DESIGNED AND RECOMMENDED FOR MORE EXPERIENCED AND ADVENTUROUS CAMPERS. Our camp areas are surrounded by raw, undisturbed, wooded
Private River Camping. Walking distance to historical downtown Trinidad and many of its dispensaries and restaurants. THIS IS NOT GLAMPING. THESE ARE UNDEVELOPED, RUGGED CAMP AREAS WITH UNEVEN TRAILS AND DENSE BRUSH IN PLACES. OUR CAMP IS DELIBERATLY DESIGNED AND RECOMMENDED FOR MORE EXPERIENCED AND ADVENTUROUS CAMPERS. Our camp areas are surrounded by raw, undisturbed, wooded areas as nature designed them. This 1/4 mile stretch of river is also stocked with rainbow trout. Camp areas 1 and 2 are designed for one or two 3-person tents. Camp area 3 is slightly larger. Camp area 4 is the furthest, most remote and largest camp area available. It's about 500 feet from the parking area. Camp areas 1-4 are riverside and approximately 200 feet from parking and only accessible by walking one of our two camp trails. Camp areas 5 and 6 are larger sites and located in between the river and parking area. The entrance to camp area 6 is marked with an old rusted out t.v. and a rusted wheel and tire. Some find it humorous or even symbolic of their adventure. We refer to it as the retro site. Camp areas 7-10 are directly roadside, but drop down from the tree line into the woods. All sites are unique. There is a shared riverside area with waterfalls and swim area. Children 12 and under should wear life vest when near the river and be supervised at all times. Please be respectful of rock stacks, waterfalls and other campers. We stay on location to help in any way. The woods are somewhat isolated and not what one would expect given its very close proximity to downtown. We have a porta pottie and water is available at the house. We hope to be adding massive 20 foot Teepees that will be heated and accommodate four 3 person tents comfortably during the winter season. We are at a high altitude so remember to keep a beverage on you and stay hydrated. 420 friendly. We give everyone their space, but often end up wishing we had more time to hang out with the friends we make. Great place to get away and immerse yourself in nature without giving up access to the local amenities. If you leave bags of treats out, there is a possibility that the Raccoons may drag it off and leave packages everywhere. Gummies Bears are their favorite. If you see trash, please contribute or point it out right away so we can dispose of it. Views of Simpson's Rest and Fisher's Peak round out the Trinidad river camping experience. Simpsons Rest is public access and a must see! 😎👍
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
10 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Moderate walk
No ADA access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Potable water available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Dusty a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


The Trinidad River Trout Restoration group uses our river access to regularly stock trout.


Lots of riverfront property to explore, plus walking distance to historic downtown Trinidad. 3 miles from West Peak Trail and 1...Read more


Depending upon time of year, the river is great for kayaking.

Wildlife watching

Deer, raccoons, birds, and maybe even a bear. Views of Fisher's Peak and Simpson's Rest from campgrounds.

Whitewater paddling


Natural features you'll find at Purgatoire Riverbottom in Colorado.

River, stream, or creek

Campground is located on the banks of the beautiful Purgatoire River with 650 ft of private river access


Located in downtown Trinidad, CO, yet campsite are secluded, wooded, and private.


The vibe at Purgatoire Riverbottom

Places to see near Purgatory Riverbottoms

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Hipcamper Jane
Jane S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10)
June 7th, 2018

Lots of space right up against the river, we're gonna make another trip there on our next day off. Fit a car and two tents easily and was soooo close to downtown, 11/10

Hipcamper Katie
Katie C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 28th, 2018

This was such an awesome spot to stay in Trinidad. It's proximity to the downtown area was perfect - you could walk or bike. It was super easy to get to and easy to find with the directions you're given.
There are 4 different campsites for you to choose from, all of which are super secluded and have access to the river - the host has created little pools for you to sit and relax in the river. If you find yourself being the only one at the camp, you have free roam to walk the trails from one river bridge to the other. Speaking of, one of the river bridges is an abandoned train bridge, which adds a uniqueness to the spot.
It's a great spot for fishing, the city has restocked the river twice already with huge trout, everyone seems to catch something each time they come down.
At night, the cops make their rounds back here just to check on you - which is cool, there never was any time I didn't feel safe here. It's a very 420 friendly spot, our camp host said the cops are okay with you smoking back here, they won't harass you about it.
Down the road from the campground is a dog park and a riverwalk area. If you're wanting to wake up and get breakfast while you're here, Tony's diner is right down the street as well and has good breakfast & the Purkatory Coffee House has the best lattes. Stay for a few days and really just get to enjoy your time down by the river and exploring Trinidad.

** Make sure to bring bug spray!!!

Floating down the river - there's a good current, so it's a great way to relax and have fun!Bench at Campsite 1Purgatory River - abandoned train bridge over the riverCampsite 1 views
Hipcamper Robyn
Robyn H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10)
July 16th, 2018

What a wonderful get-away to nature without ever leaving the city. This is a beautiful piece of property right next to a beautiful clear river (stocked) with lovely sandy beach spots for camping. The crazy thing is you would never know that you can walk less than 2 blocks and be right in the thick of some of the best spots in the city. Good primitive camping. Wish the timing had been such that we could have spent more time enjoying the spot and exploring the city. Our host was very welcoming, and came down to check that we had everything we needed. Very hospitable. This was our first HipCamp experience, and it was a very positive one.

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Hipcamper Tiffany
Tiffany R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
July 18th, 2018

Beautiful site! You can tell Dusty has put a lot of work into it. The dogs enjoyed their frequent dips into the cool water. Would definitely stay again.

Hipcamper Kristen
Kristen A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
August 7th, 2018

The best thing about this site, for me, was the river – taking a refreshing dip in the awesome little pools and relaxing to the sound of flowing water. I booked this site just before arriving in Trinidad on a Saturday morning. Dusty responded promptly, met me when I arrived and showed me around. Because no one else was booked that night, he had me set up at the far end, in what would usually be a shared common area. There was a nice sandy spot for a tent, which was just steps away (but still elevated) from the river, and a short walk to parking.

If you are looking for a beautiful, convenient spot from which to explore the area, this is a great choice. Trinidad is an interesting city that is showing signs of revitalization. But I also appreciated that there were still photos of past rodeo queens on display in shop windows along Main Street! It definitely has charm and is worth exploring.

If, however, you are looking for a campsite that is quiet and private, this may not be the place (or at least the site) for you. There were a lot of people tubing the river throughout the day and many would stop along the shore of the campground, enjoying the pools and wandering around. The river walk is on the opposite shore and it was very busy while I was there, including a lot of foot traffic on the railroad bridge and tracks along the back of the site. There was a direct line of sight from the tracks to the campsite, which didn’t lend much privacy, especially as the foot traffic continued into the evening. Ultimately, I ended up not feeling comfortable staying here alone, but would still recommend the campground. I think the other sites might be more private and the campground would be great for groups. It’s a cool spot in the middle of a city and Dusty is very accommodating.

Common areaView of the site/common area from the riverLooking upriver, at railroad bridge (and I-25 just past that)Lovely pools for a refreshing dip in the river
Hipcamper Jacob
Jacob H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 27th, 2018

This is my new favorite camping spot! I’ve had such a great time while being nice out here! The host is wonderful, kind, and went above and beyond to ensure that we were safe and comfortable. The campsites are secluded and private, yet close enough to the city that you are able to get anything you might need. I can’t recommend this place enough! I will be back!

Hipcamper Daniel
Daniel J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 28th, 2018

Awesome spot and Dusty is a super gracious host.

Hipcamper Doug
Doug H.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 4)
August 28th, 2018

The site was very close to downtown Trinidad which was nice and new public access walking paths to the site are apparently in progress. The site lacked an adequate bathroom which was advertised. The site has future potential if a few improvements are made including controlling the vegetation and improving the paths to the riverside campsites.

Hipcamper Dusty
Response from Dusty, the Host, on June 17th, 2020

We have added a porta potty. We do state that we recommend our campgrounds for experience campers who enjoy rugged uneven trails and undeveloped camp sites. We enjoy the contrast to the many parks which often have campsites out in the open and in close proximity of each other. Often trees are picked clean of branches up to about 9 feet. Often those that are primarily undisturbed, require hiking, higher altitudes, longer travel time and don't have the convenience of quickly picking up necessities. I appreciate your feedback and honesty. Dusty 😎

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Hipcamper Jessica
Jessica M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
September 1st, 2018

Great hosts and an amazing view from the beach camp sites!

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