The best camping near Trinidad Lake State Park

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Take advantage of year-round camping and mild weather at this southern Colorado park.  

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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.
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Campe Diem!

70 sites · RVs, Tents72 acres · CO
Do you want a large, private, uniquely situated, pet friendly CampSpot™ to yourselves or family with a BATHHOUSE where it can be so quiet and some days there are stars for as deep as you can see? We have about 300 of those days and nights. Usually can stay longer on Sundays! We are 72 acres of piñon trees, some small animal life and crickets tucked against a mesa just a few minutes from town. Bring your shoe prints! We have sandboards! $15 per day! We are approximately a 35 minute beautiful drive from the National Sand Dunes around Mt. Blanca. (14'r). 2 minutes from the Mountain Home State Wildlife Park and reservoir where you can fish swim chill cookout etc. You can bike, hike, Swim, jet ski or fish at the newly stocked reservoir. Firewood must be purchased at the campsite. Pet friendly!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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!
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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.
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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!
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Mono Loco Flats

3 sites · RVs, Tents15 acres · Fort Garland, CO
Mono Loco Flats sits on a mesa nestled in the Sangre de Cristo mountains near Sangre De Cristo creek and La Veta Pass. This Mesa is a perfect homebase to explore. Growing up in Southern Colorado I was fortunate to explore this zone as a kid and I feel so fortunate that I can share Mono Loco Flats with others. The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Zapata Falls are 25 minutes from Mono Loco Flats. Learn more about this land: Set up camp and enjoy sweeping views of Mount Blanca and the surrounding Sangre De Cristo mountain range.The 15 acre camp is situated just off highway 160 for easy access. Mono Loco Flats is an excellent home base for exploring the San Luis Valley, just 25 minutes from The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Zapata Falls. Sangre de Cristo Creek is a short hike or drive to the south. Fort Garland is a 5 minute drive. This Mesa provides 360 panoramic views with epic sunrise and sunset views of Mount Blanca. Wild horses and prong horned antelope may wander the Mesa as you enjoy your camp. The natural beauty of these three campsites are worth protecting so please if you pack it in, pack it out. This is a dry camp with no toilet or garbage facilities. Please treat this land with respect so that future campers may enjoy the land free of rubbish. All three campsites are accessible with any type of vehicle and the long driveway and turnaround can accommodate any trailer or RV up to 20'. So please come and enjoy the Sangre De Cristo mountains at Mono Loco Flats:) @monkeypuzzlespace = Mono Loco Flats on Instagram
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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.
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Secluded Mountain Property

2 sites · RVs, Tents35 acres · La Veta, CO
Great Mountain Views. Lots of mature trees, very secluded and beautiful with breathtaking scenery with lots of wildlife. There are only four separate camping sites on this large 35 acre mountain property. Beautiful and secluded 35 acres camping property with lots of lush trees and amazing Mountain views. These Beautiful Mountain camping spots are only 1 hr 56 min south of Colorado Springs. Located at the foot of Sheep Mountain and little Sheep Mountain in Gardner, CO Hike and explore this beautiful 35 acres property. There are ATV trails through out the area, So bring your ATVs and ride the miles of mountain roads. Bring your RV, camper, tent or truck and set up camp on one of our four designated camping spots on the property. There are many great level areas to choose from on your camping site. Enjoy the night sky next to your fire pit and see every star in the sky with no lights to be seen. If you need to run your generator... No problem. (You can run your generator from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm). This quite very secluded mountain property is the perfect get-a-way form all the lights and noise from every day city living. This property is what real camping is all about. Please be considerate as they may be a few other campers nearby on the property. 46 min -  Drive to Walsenburg Reservoir and Lathrop State Park Home to Horseshoe Lake and Marin Lake. Lathrop State Park is a Colorado state park located 3 miles west of Walsenburg. The state purchased the property in 1962 and opened Colorado's first state park here later that same year. It is named after Harold Lathrop, the first director of state parks 1 hr 30 min - Drive to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is in southern Colorado. It’s known for huge dunes like the towering Star Dune, and for the seasonal Medano Creek and beach created at the base of the dunes. The backcountry Medano Pass Primitive Road winds through a canyon toward the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Trails lead to forests, wetlands and alpine lakes like Medano Lake, which is home to trout and tundra wildlife 1 hr 57 min - Drive to Zapata Falls Zapata Falls is a waterfall located in the San Luis Valley near the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on Bureau of Land Management land adjacent to Rio Grande National Forest and south of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Alamosa County, Colorado. The waterfall has a drop of about 30 feet. Prices may vary on holiday weekends. Including Memorial Day weekend, Independence Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. Mountain Road Disclosure: The Sheep Mountain property it’s located in a mountainous area. There are 7 miles of dirt and mountainous roads from the highway to the property. Although the dirt roads are maintained there may be grooves and ruts in some areas due to weather. Please be advise that trucks and four-wheel vehicles will have a much easier time navigating these roads. Other vehicles may need to slow down and take it easy through some potentially rough areas. PROPERTY UPDATE: DUE TO THE RECENT WIND STORM, SOME TREES WERE UPROOTED AND BLOWN OVER ON THE PROPERTY. TREES WERE REMOVE FROM THE ROAD AND CAMP SITES. SOME ARE STILL DOWN IN THE AREA. WE ARE WORKING WITH LOCAL CONTRACTORS TO HAVE THEM CUT DOWN FOR FIREWOOD AND MOVED OUT OF THE WAY. THE DOWNED TREES DO NOT INTERFERE WITH THE ABILITY FOR YOU TO BRING YOUR RV OR TENT TO SETUP CAMP. FEEL FREE TO GATHER THE DOWNED TREES AND BRANCHES TO USE FOR FIREWOOD. THANKS YOU AND WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR STAY.
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The best camping near Trinidad Lake State Park guide

Overview

About

Not far from the New Mexico border, Trinidad Lake State Park offers a warmer alternative to many of Colorado's higher-altitude parks further north. As its name suggests, the park sits at Trinidad Lake, a large expanse that attracts anglers, boaters, and jet skiers in great droves in the summer months. There’s also an archery range that's available for year-round use. If you're looking to spend the night, there are 73 campsites spread across two campgrounds, about a third of which are open all year long. The majority offer 50-amp electrical service and there are seven with full hookups.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for families: Carpios Ridge Campground has tons of amenities, with showers, laundry facilities, a dump station, a playground, and even an archeological site.
  • Best for a quiet fishing trip: South Shore Campground has only 10 basic campsites and offers easy access to south bank fishing spots

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve a campsite over the phone or by using the Colorado Parks and Wildlife online reservation system.
  2. Reservations can be made from six months in
  3. advance up to your date of arrival. Book early if you want to stay on a summer weekend.
  4. The South Shore Campground is closed from mid-October through mid-May and some of the sites at Carpios close from mid-October through mid-March. Sites 1-23, 62, and 63 are open throughout the year.
  5. If you can’t find a site in the park, you can find private campgrounds and Hipcamps in the area. Fishers Peak State Park nearby is also a possibility.

When to go

Trinidad Lake is in a more temperate part of Colorado, and while it can get pretty cold here on winter nights, daytime temperatures rarely linger below freezing. The hot summer months draw the most crowds, but temperatures here often stay warm well into September, and you'll be faced with fewer crowds if you come between Labor Day and the beginning of October. Note that a limited amount of year-round camping is available in Carpios Campground.

Know before you go

  • You’ll find gas stations, supermarkets, restaurants, and other services in the town of Trinidad, a five-minute drive from the park.
  • You can buy hunting and fishing licenses, firewood, ice, and souvenirs at the visitor center near the Carpios Ridge campground.
  • Carpios Ridge Campground offers ADA-accessible campsites, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and drinking fountains. There's also one accessible site at South Shore. There are also two ADA-compliant trails in the park.
  • Campfire bans are enforced during periods of high forest fire risk.
  • Parking fees are not included in the price of camping reservations. You will need a day or annual parking pass for each vehicle in your party.

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