Photo by Jay Slater
Mountainous lake country west of Trinidad abounds with recreational opportunities and quiet forest retreats for RVers and campers. Dramatic vistas are provided by the Sangre de Cristos marching on the horizon and huge dikes that radiate like spokes of a wheel from the Spanish Peaks. Along with the many amenities in Trinidad, charming villages in the area offer outings for galleries, museums, theater, dining, and shopping.
In the wide grasslands and red-rock canyons east of Trinidad, one must come to stillness to view the abundance of wildlife that thrives in the Comanche National Grasslands. Canyons hold rare prehistoric and historic sites, petroglyphs and pictographs. The longest dinosaur tracksite in North America is here.
RV Parks in Trinidad, Colorado
Budget Host Inn & RV Park
10301 Santa Fe Trail
I-25 & Exit 11
High-speed internet in the RV park. Pet friendly.
Budget Summit Inn & RV Park
9800 Santa Fe Trail
I-25 & Exit 11
Full hookups, WiFi, fax, guest laundry. Beautiful views. Pet friendly.
Cawthon Motel & RV Park
1701 Santa Fe Trail
Economy rates nightly, weekly, monthly. Guest laundry and showers. Pet friendly.
RV and Campsites Near Trinidad, Colorado
Apishapa State Wildlife Area has no facilities, just plenty of opportunity for wilderness camping and wildlife watching.
Apishapa State Wildlife Area
Blue & Bear Lakes have 30 campsites in a lovely and quiet mountain retreat. Each site has a table, fire ring with grill, and camping spur. Drinking water and restrooms are provided. Sites are available on a first-come basis.
Blue & Bear Lakes
Bosque del Oso (Forest of the Bear), a 30,000 acre wildlife refuge, has spartan camping facilities (restrooms only) for hardy campers and wildlife watchers.
Bosque del Oso
Cordova Pass Road, for four-wheeling, connects Aguilar and Cuchara. At Cordova Pass (11,743’), 29 miles from Aguilar and 6 miles from Cuchara, is the West Peak Trailhead. The trailhead has picnic tables and 3 walk-in campsites with a restroom and trash service.
West Peak Trailhead
Earth Mountain Education Farm offers primitive campsites, tepee accommodations, and RV camping (no hookups). Call ahead to book a camping or RV site: 719-680-0215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
James M. John State Wildlife Area provides a true wilderness camping experience with no modern amenities. Pack everything in and out by foot or horseback from the Lake Dorothey parking lot.
James M. John
Lake Dorothey State Wildlife Area has camping 200 feet from the lake and 100 feet away from all streams. Access is by foot and horseback only from parking areas. The only modern amenity is a restroom. Pack everything in and out.
Lathrop State Park has 104 campsites on two campgrounds and two group camping areas. Sites accommodate motor homes, trailers, and tents and offer either a basic or improved camping experience. Call for specific amenities—such as tent pads, campfire rings, grills, and picnic tables—available at different sites. General amenities include showers, dump stations, community hydrants (no hookups), restrooms, a playground, and trash receptacles. Unreserved sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Lathrop State Park
Monument Lake Resort & Campground has RV and tent-camping sites, 13 cabins, lodge, a store, bath house, laundry, recreation room, restaurant, and lounge.
Purgatoire Campground has 23 campsite and 13 RV sites including 8 sites that accommodate larger horse trailers and livestock. Parking spurs, tables, fire rings, grills, drinking water, restrooms, and trash receptacles are provided.
Spahn & Friends Bison Ranch offers an unusual camping experience in a grove of trees next to an authentic sheepherder’s cabin. Guided tours of this working ranch are available. Spahn Ranch
Spanish Peaks Inn RV Park and Restaurant, between Aguilar and Cuchara on the Cordova Pass road (County Road 46), has a restaurant open 11am-8pm; the bar opens at 4pm on most days. Bands on Saturday night. Sundays pizza all day at the bar, which opens at 1pm. RVers should approach the inn from Aguilar, 21 miles north of Trinidad off I-25 (At Aguilar, the road is named CR 43.7.) 719-941-4288.
Spanish Peaks Wilderness Area has campsites at different locations with restrooms, trash service, and water. Spanish Peaks Wilderness Area
Stonewall Inn & RV Park, 6673 Highway 12, Stonewall, CO, 719-868-2294.
Trinidad Lake State Park, only minutes from Trinidad, has 73 sites for camping that accommodate RVs, trailers, or tents with 25 sites available year-round. Six sites are provided for persons with disabilities, and 4 sites in the Carpios Ridge campground are full hookups. Facilities include restrooms, pay showers and laundry, electrical hookups, shared water hydrants, and a sewage dump station. The park has 11 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife watching Hiking & Biking, Wildlife Watching. The park has excellent sheltered picnic areas.
Trinidad Lake State Park
Vogel Canyon is a fragile place of historic significance where dedicated nature lovers and respectful visitors are welcome. Camping is allowed only in the parking area, which has a toilet, picnic tables, and horse hitching rails.
Magical Canyon Daytrip
Wall of Legends Guest Ranch and RV Park has tent sites and a bathhouse and restaurant.
Wall of Legends
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