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.
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
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
- 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
- Keep your distance from wildlife. Rattlesnakes are common in Penitente Canyon. Avoid disturbing cliff nesting birds. Penitente Canyon is also home to black bears.
Year round - unless closed by snow
-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.
La Garita, CO
YES - at entrance
Monte Vista Field Office located at 46525 ST HWY 114; Saguache, CO; (719) 655-2547
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.
STAY ON THE TRAIL - Improper bike riding techniques can harm trails and diminish trail experiences for others. Stay on existing trails; don't create new ones or cut switchbacks. Respect all route closures and "No Trespassing" signs.Limit your riding to durable surfaces (trails, dirt roads, pavement and campgrounds).
CONTROL YOUR BICYCLE - In attention for even a moment could put you and others at risk. Obey speed regulations and recommendations and ride with in your limits.
SHARE THE TRAIL - Let your fellow trail users know you are coming - a friendly greeting is one method.. Anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to all other trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed differently.
Camping & Cabins
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.
No fee for climbing
Easy to Difficult
Horse Riding & Camping
Horses not alowed in campground
Watch out for rattlesnakes!! Prairie rattlesnakes are common in this area. Please be on the lookout for them. Always watch where you are stepping or reaching - don't reach where you can't see. If you encounter a snake, leave it alone and simply back away. Parents should always keep a close eye on their children in snake country.