Area Status: Open
Penitente Canyon a Bureau of Land Management 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
||BLM campground, phone 719 852-7074 for more information. Open year around unless closed by snow.
||Check out time is 12:00 noon
||Cannot be reserved
||Interpretive Site,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
||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
-9 walk-in Tent sites
-4 Drive-in Tent/Camper sites
-2 Group Sites
-5 Toilets (vault type)
-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
||BLM, San Luis Valley Field Office, 1313 E. Hwy 160, Monte Vista, CO; (719) 852-7074
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.