Camping near Trinidad

Historic Santa Fe Trail town offers access to the plains and mountains of Colorado and New Mexico.

83% (341 reviews)
83% (341 reviews)

Popular camping styles for Trinidad

Star Hosts in Trinidad

Available this weekend

12 top campgrounds near Trinidad

94%
(411)

Purgatory Riverbottoms

8 sites · Tents5 acres · Trinidad, CO
If camsites are full, contact me. There is tons of space. Upon arrival, come straight down Cottonwood Avenue past the private signs where the asphalt ends and straight to the Teepee. We are on a Peninsula with the river on one side and an irrigation creek down the other. We own 1/4 stretch along the river across from the riverwalk and downtown. The "Trinidad" lights shine down from atop Simpsons Rest which is a public area. It has an incredible view of Trinidad ans hidden caves and areas to explore as well. The area we own is Picketwire Valley. It was renamed Picketwire because the French couldn't pronounce Purgatory. The French retreated to Simpsons Rest are were surrounded by Indians and were starved etc. The large caves they hid in, have since covered over.
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
Trash
from 
$30
 / night
50%
(3)

Campground at Jamail Ranch

6 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Trinidad, CO
5 campsites on 40 acres with Liberty coal mine Unique raw land close to Trinidad, Colorado, USA. 5 unique campsites available This area was involved in the Colorado Coalfield War and has many artifacts to explore. The old Liberty mine site is available to explore. Near the infamous Ludlow, Colorado. I have 40 acres of raw land for camping use. Surrounded by BLM land. No hunting on property. Defunct Liberty coal mine ruins and other Coalfield mine wars ruins onsite to explore.
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
Campfires
Trash
from 
$26
 / night

Streamside

1 site · Tent30 acres · Trinidad, CO
Conveniently located near several restaurants and dispensaries, souvenirs and nightlife, off Main Street in Trinidad CO. Come experience the Beautiful mountain view. Camp right near a picturesque stream and appreciate the beauty of the southern Colorado night sky. Portoilet on site and water access.
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
Campfires
from 
$30
 / night
96%
(12)

Gonzo’s Grove

2 sites · RVs, Tents70 acres · Aguilar, CO
Learn more about this land:A secluded high desert oasis with over 1,000 feet of elevation change. Piñon pines and junipers cover the ranch with tons of hiking trails and old mines
Pets
Potable water
Campfires
Trash
from 
$44
 / night
100%
(7)

Peaceful Peaks

2 sites · Lodging40 acres · Trinidad, CO
Peaceful Retreat for those wanting an outdoor getaway. Private Picnic Tables at each site, located a short hike from parking. Secluded for those wanting a dispersed camping experience. Close to the Highway of Legends and Trinidad Lake. Bring your mountain Bikes, Hiking Shoes and Telescopes to enjoy the endless stars visible far away from the city lights.
Toilets
Trash
Cooking equipment
from 
$75
 / night
100%
(5)

Fisher's Peak Retreat

1 site · Lodging100 acres · Trinidad, CO
Our property is enchanting! Our home and the cabin were built by local artists and their talents shine throughout the property. It took them several years to clear and build and you can see that their blood, sweat, tears, and love for each other and the land with every rock placement. You will feel as though you are in the midst of sanctuary.Learn more about this land:Our cabin is a quiet Oasis in the midst of 36 acres. You will be about 15 minutes from town, so not too far but far enough! The quiet here is crazy good, and the cabin is fully furnished with all the comforts of home. Enjoy our snacks and breakfast items in the fridge for you to cook in the morning after your arrival. Don't miss the sunrise from the artist bungalow! Please respect quiet hours of 10pm to 8am. Thank you!
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
Showers
Trash
from 
$100
 / night
100%
(11)

RADZ Retreat

3 sites · RVs35 acres · Walsenburg, CO
RADZ Retreat is our personal get away and we long to be good stewards of the land and share it with you. There are 2 full RV hooks ups with 30, 50, and 20 Amps each with water and dump. There is also 1 dry camping spot and you can use water and dump on site. There are 35 acres to hike and watch wildlife. We are a short 5 min drive to Lathrop and into Walsenburg. There is a 200 ft elevation hike to enjoy beautiful views of the Spanish Peaks and Cuchara river valley. Be on the look out for elk, deer, turkey and more.
Pets
Potable water
Trash
from 
$30
 / night
99%
(85)

Mountains, Trains, and Sand Dunes

3 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Fort Garland, CO
As the Scenic Passenger Train is heard in the distance you'll look up towards Mount Blanca and imagine your next adventure living among the wildflowers of this High Desert Mountain Hipcamp. After recovering from a wildfire, the ancient sage brushes that had previously made the land harsh and unwelcoming are gone, replaced with an abundance of grasses and wildflowers. Open Land as far as you can go to the East you'll follow the Coyote canyon to high mountain lookouts. There are old logging maintenance roads you should take advantage of. Hike, Bike or Motor around the local area. Fort Garland and Blanca have a community center (pool), septic dump and water fill and can provide groceries. The Great Sand dunes are about 45 minutes away. The Sand Dunes swimming pool, fed by a very hot artisan well is about an hour away. Mountain Home Lake is also within 1/2 an hour or so for fishing/water sports with a nice boat ramp. Escape from light pollution like never before, a clear night sky will make the whole trip worthwhile! Lots of wild life and you will most likely see some deer, hear the coyotes, and count the different colors of the humming birds. You can book a train ride out of Alamosa, and visit the local historic towns. The views will make it hard to leave the campsite, but there are tons of experiences and things to do in the area so make sure to do some research before you arrive.  The weather and wind can be unpredictable in the mountains, so be prepared.  There are two entrances onto the property, one at the bottom and one at the top. You can avoid some wind by camping near Lewis-Smith Rd at the lowest part of the land.  Also, the site can accommodate large trailers/RV's but just make sure to plan your entrance/exit carefully and don't go to far down the hills.  Just choose a wise spot to park if in a big rig.  There are some small tires around that you can use to sit on or if you dig a hole that you fill in before leaving you can make a temporary toilet.  Make sure to haul out all your trash and leave the site cleaner than it was when you arrived and respect the land.  If you do come across a mess from the previous camper and clean it up, just let us know and we will give you a refund for the night. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Pets
Toilets
Campfires
from 
$24
 / night
100%
(40)

Earth Mountain Education Farm

30 sites · Tents40 acres · Weston, CO
In 2002, Earth Mountain was vacant land that offered itself to us in a way of a calling. It is an unforgettable experience whether camping here or participating in a program. Earth Mtn. is a 40 acre basecamp with 480 surrounding acres of forest. It is a high vibration place with lots to offer. The stars are completely amazing, we are so far off the beaten path that there is no light pollution! We welcome you to share in this wonderful sacred space.Learn more about this land:Earth Mtn. is a working permaculture, off-grid farm at 8000' in the backcountry of the beautiful Sangre De Cristo Mtns. We are located 1 hr. from Trinidad, CO.  We have a private wooded campground area close to a small pond. Camping here will give you a wonderful sacred space to rest, learn and enjoy.  Organic food is available to pick and pay during farming season. A great place for the whole family!
Pets
Potable water
Toilets
Campfires
Showers
from 
$35
 / night

Aguilar Flats

1 site · RV3 acres · Aguilar, CO
We are in Aguilar colorado 1 mile from Ringo s family store . We have post off Ace hardware library 2 store. Aguilar is a small town 18 miles from Trinidad 17 miles to Walsonburg . Bishop castle is 30 minutes away . We have power on property no water but water in Aguilar 2 sewer hookups
Pets
from 
$45
 / night
Booked 2 times

Wright Ranch

1 site · Tent600 acres · Raton, NM
This 600 acre working ranch just south of Raton, New Mexico off interstate 25 is a great jump off point to Angel fire, Taos, Santa Fe, and southern Colorado. Located on the historic Santa Fe Trail, this ranch offers open space for a tent with breathtaking, beautiful surroundings. Pets welcome. No fires.
Pets
from 
$150
 / night
Booked 1 time

Hermitage at Rugby Rock

1 site · Lodging30 acres · Lynn, CO
Geodesic dome with electricity, porta potty and Outdoor shower. There is plenty of hiking on site, as well as a fire are for the evenings. The dome is equipped with a stove, king bed, and projector for romantic movie nights in bed or a suspended hammock chair. Owner lives on site with his dog and is respectful of guests’ privacy.
Pets
Toilets
Campfires
Showers
Trash
from 
$99
 / night

Under $50

Dog-friendly getaways

Value Prop
Value Prop

Camping near Trinidad guide

Overview

Located just north of the New Mexico border and Raton Pass, Trinidad has a rich history as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail, home to trappers and traders, and a Spanish outpost. There’s also a growing arts and culture scene. Outdoor lovers have plenty to do too, from fishing the Purgatoire River, to boating, fishing, and miles of trails at Trinidad Lake State Park, which also offers camping options including lakeside. Surrounded by mesas and mountains, and not far from the plains, there’s plenty of adventure to be had nearby, with camping options as varied as the landscape.

Where to go

Highway of Legends 

Head west on the scenic Highway of Legends, which connects Trinidad with Cuchara, La Veta, and Walsenburg. The scenic byway passes through the San Isabel National Forest and the Spanish Peaks. Camp with your RV or pitch a tent at primitive sites at Purgatoire, Bear Lake, and Blue Lake campgrounds. Or stay at Cordova Pass or East Spanish Peak to be right at the base of the Spanish Peaks. Lathrop State Park, just outside Walsenburg, offers two lakes and two campgrounds. 

Northwest

Head northwest to explore massive sand dunes surrounded by snow capped peaks at the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Camp inside the park seasonally, or backcountry camp or 4WD camp in the surrounding national preserve. Camping options can be found nearby in state parks and BLM land. Further north, Westcliffe offers incredibly dark skies, perfect when you’re camping overnight, whether you’re equestrian camping, backcountry camping, or camping with your RV.

Plains and High Desert

 For high desert and plains, head north to Pueblo. Explore the city’s historic connection with steel, get artsy in the creative corridor, or enjoy water activities at Lake Pueblo, where you can camp lakeside. Further east, the city of La Junta sits on Colorado’s southeastern plains. Look for rock art and dinosaur tracks at Comanche National Grassland, where dispersed camping is available in most areas. Or head further east to play and stay at John Martin Reservoir State Park.

New Mexico

Just over the border in New Mexico, Sugarite Canyon State Park offers wildlife and wildflowers, plus outdoor recreation and camping for tents, RVs, and horses. Enjoy bird watching and primitive camping at the Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge. Further south, drive the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway and enjoy land and water activities, and camping, at Cimarron Canyon State Park or Eagle Nest Lake State Park. Further east, see dinosaur tracks and camp at Clayton Lake State Park.

When to go

Summers are popular times to visit Trinidad, when crowds flock to Trinidad Lake. Boating season runs from spring through summer. Several popular festivals are held over the summer and in September, including Santa Fe Days and Artocade. Visit in the spring for wildflowers, and fall for colorful foliage, especially along the Highway of Legends. In the winter, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing are popular activities.

Know before you go

  • Trinidad sits at over 6,000 feet. Some recreation areas and campsites in the region are at even higher elevation. Be aware of potential altitude issues.
  • A trolley bus takes passengers around Trinidad over the summer. To explore outside of Trinidad, a car will be necessary.
  • Reservations are required to camp in Colorado state parks.
  • Fishing licenses are required in Colorado for anyone over age 16.

Safety at Hipcamp

Inclusion Policy
Inclusion Policy
Inclusion Policy
Hipcamp Hand

Safety partners

Recreate Responsibly

About us

Hipcamp is the most comprehensive resource for beautiful private campsites.

Discover and reserve tent camping, RV parks, cabins, treehouses, and glamping.

Download the Hipcamp App

Hipcamp is created with ❤️ and hope for our future.