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Purgatory Riverbottoms

· Trinidad, Las Animas, Colorado
5 acres hosted by Dusty M.
8 tent sites
Best in Colorado: Finalist
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
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.
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412 ratings · 174 reviews
Randy M.recommends
April 17, 2024
Site 5 - Purgatoire Riverbottom
We loved tent camping on Dusty's land! They keep it very clear and clean, and the water was beautiful. Thanks for showing us around!
Daisy R.recommends
October 22, 2023
Site 4 - Purgatoire Riverbottom
Dusty is a really cool dude and his teepee was a unique experience. The property is gorgeous and the location is directly next to downtown. Dusty did provide a heater but i would still suggest packing warm if you plan on staying in the winter, also check your propane tank if you are relying on the heater as your primary source of warmth for the evening. Overall loved Dusty’s place and would recommend this stay to anyone looking to get the teepee camping experience close to the convenience of the city. Make sure to call Dusty to let him know when you’re arriving so he can show you around.
Lowell T.recommends
October 2, 2023
Site 4 - Purgatoire Riverbottom
We actually stayed at site 6. Great access to downtown. Camping in urban surroundings.
Charlie G.recommends
October 2, 2023
Site 5 - Purgatoire Riverbottom
First off, I’d still recommend staying here. Instructions say to call host before arrival, myself and a couple of others both reached out to host beforehand but didn’t hear back from him for around 3 hours. Knocked on the door of the house and still no response. Went to campsite anyway. Map provided doesn’t really do layout justice and we had to hunt for our spots, even with the campsite numbers being on trees. Overall though, for $30, the sites, which are very close to the river, are nice and mine was secluded. I’d stay again.
Courtney H.recommends
September 11, 2023
Site 1 - Purgatoire Riverbottom
Dusty provided excellent directions to the campsite. Very lovely, shady spot with level ground. Right on the river, so it was very comfortable. The site is basically in town, so there was road noise and lights from nearby buildings. Recommend a sleeping mask and maybe ear plugs. Had a great time, and I'd camp there again. Great coffeeshop in town called Mutiny.
Brandon H.
August 20, 2023
Site 1 - Purgatoire Riverbottom
Not a bad spot the river made it peaceful to sleep Dusty was helpful was sketched out for a sec of the other people across the bank but other than that very good spot.
Trinidad, Las Animas, Colorado, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Nʉmʉnʉʉ Sookobitʉ (Comanche), hinono’eino’ biito’owu’ (Arapaho), Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), Ndé Kónitsąąíí Gokíyaa (Lipan Apache), and Jicarilla Apache First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Dusty M.Joined in May 2018
Response rate: 60%Response time: Within 11 hours
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