Hipcamp host Dusty M.,
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Private River Camping. Charcoal and Gas Grills only. We are in the city limits so ground / wood fires are not permitted. Walking distance to historical downtown Trinidad and many of its dispensaries and restaurants. Reservations and cancellations are the sole responsibility of the camper and done through hipcamp. THIS IS NOT GLAMPING. THESE ARE UNDEVELOPED, RUGGED CAMP AREAS WI
Private River Camping. Charcoal and Gas Grills only. We are in the city limits so ground / wood fires are not permitted. Walking distance to historical downtown Trinidad and many of its dispensaries and restaurants. Reservations and cancellations are the sole responsibility of the camper and done through hipcamp. 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. Glass was dumped here back around 50 years ago. Most isn't sharp. We continuously pick it up, but rains expose new pieces. We have never been cut and aren't very cautious. Just recommend being mindful. The river is usually down and clear, but higher and sandy in early spring. 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 wheelchair access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
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 6 hours
  • 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.


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Hipcamper David
David E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
October 27th, 2021

Nice setting on the banks of the Purgatory River. Wonderful listening to the wind in the trees. Feels like being in wilderness. If light sleeper and do not enjoy traffic noise bring ear plugs to ensure a good nights rest.

Hipcamper Andrea
Andrea H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 7)
October 6th, 2021

We loved our stay at Purgatory Riverbottom. It was so nice to be able to stay in town yet camp at the same time. We were able to walk and ride our bikes into town and experienc all the conveniences of that. Dusty was so friendly and we were very appreciative of the opportunity to camp on his land. There is a port a potty, our site was almost perfectly level, they are all right near the river, and you are looking right up at the illuminated Trinidad sign! Thank you Dusty for the awesome stay. We hope to stay here again for a future trip.

Hipcamper Tad

The best of both worlds

Tad L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
October 4th, 2021

This is an amazing campsite. Dusty, the host, was the most accommodating and generous fellow I've yet to meet running one of these (and I've been to quite a few over the years). The different sites are sufficiently rugged to get the full camping experience while being right there in the city. You really feel like you're way out in the woods while down in the camp grounds, but just a short (2-3 minute) hike from the parking area, and then another couple minutes to the closest gas station, or whatever else you might need in Trinidad. The occasional train or siren is the only thing to give it away, otherwise you feel like you're in the country. I cam across a medium doe and a LARGE fox while hiking the trails. The water is great to wade around in if you're hot (not deep enough to properly swim), and the little pools were fun to lounge in. 10/10, will definitely be going back.

Hipcamper David
David I.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
October 3rd, 2021

It was very welcoming and super nice camp site. With easy acess to dowtown trinidad.

Hipcamper Beth

Clean and convenient!

Beth W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
October 3rd, 2021

Dusty is very responsive, nice and welcoming! The campground is close to downtown and clean. It is close to I25, but it was not very noisy and the other campers were quiet and respectful. We were there for the RAD Dirt Fest- super fun!

Hipcamper Evan

Crash spot before race

Evan B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
October 3rd, 2021

Dusty was a great camp host and made sure I had a spot to throw up a hammock! Perfect access to downtown for The Rad Dirtfest weekend. Convenient and clean.

Hipcamper David
David R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
October 2nd, 2021

Very convenient spot to access town and trails out of town. Love the trail landmarks (tv), each campsite was nice and private. Only downside was some road noise at night, but to be expected in town.

Hipcamper Nayra
Nayra A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 29th, 2021

Dusty was very welcoming and sweet! There is a lot of space to camp on the well cared land. The river is beautiful!

Hipcamper Danna

Safe and beautiful

Danna P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 27th, 2021

Dusty is an excellent host and I felt so comfortable next to the beautiful river!

Purgatory Riverbottoms
United States
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