Penitente Canyon Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

world class rock climbing

Penitente Canyon Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA) is an internationally recognized climbing area, offering more than 300 incredible sport climbing routes. South-facing routes can be climbed year-round within the SRMA. Numerous Trails are also available for your enjoyment within Penitente Canyon SRMA. Brochure & map.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open year around unless closed by snow.
Operational Hours: Check out time is 12:00 noon
Reservations: Cannot be reserved
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Individual Sites $11.00 per night Maximum limits - 2 vehicles (plus 1 trailer) - 6 people - 2 tents
Group Sites $20.00 per night Maximum limits - 4 vehicles (plus 1 trailer) - 15 people - 5 tents QUIET HOURS including generators: 10 pm - 7 am
PENITENTE CANYON
-9 walk-in Tent sites
-4 Drive-in Tent/Camper sites
-2 Group Sites
-5 Toilets (vault type)
WITCHES CANYON
-8 Walk-in tent sites
-No camping allowed 1/2 mile beyond trailhead
-No restroom/no trash collection - pack it in, pack it out
ROCK GARDEN AREA
-No camping allowed
-No restroom/ no trash collection- pack it in, pack it out
 
Permit Info: CLIMBING ETHICS WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Climb in small numbers. Disperse your activities.
- Use established trails to reach climbing areas. Short
cuts cause plant damage and erosion.
- Minimize chalk use and brush off heavily chalked
holds. If you must use chalk, please use
chalks that blend in with the natural colors of the
rock.
- Pack out what you bring in. Leave the area cleaner than you found it.
- Treat the rock gently. Do not chip, chisel, glue,
graffiti (tag), or otherwise deface rock resources.
Leave the rock and surrounding area in its natural
condition. ABSOLUTELY NO NEW BOLTING
is permitted anywhere on public lands in the San
Luis Valley.
- Keep your distance from wildlife. Rattlesnakes are common in Penitente Canyon. Avoid disturbing cliff nesting birds. Penitente Canyon is also home to black bears.
 
Open Season: Year round - unless closed by snow
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: -No New Bolting!
-No firewood cutting or gathering.
-Checkout time is 12:00 noon.
-Horses are not allowed inside the campground.
-No shooting in the campground, including the
area surrounding the pump house.
-Dogs must be on a leash and under master's control at all times.
Closest Towns: La Garita, CO
Water: YES - at entrance
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Monte Vista Field Office located at 46525 ST HWY 114; Saguache, CO; (719) 655-2547

General Information

Directions:

From Highway 285 turn west on County Road G, travel about 6 miles to La Garita follow County Road 38A until you see the Penitente Canyon turn off on your right, less than a mile. From Del Norte travel northwest on Highway 112 to road 38A turn north, stay on 38 A until you see signs for Penitente Canyon, about 8 miles.
 


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Amenities

Camping trailer
Toilets
Picnic tables
Parking
Tent camping
Interpretive Site
Drinking water NOT available until mid-June