Alvarado Campground

Area Status: Open

Developed campground with reservable, equestrian, and first-come, first-served sites. Nearby attractions: access to the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness trails from the Rainbow trail. The Rainbow trail is a motorized trail open to ATV and motorcycle use and runs along the foot of the Sangres Wilderness trails, that climb above the Rainbow Trail into the Sangres, are only accessed by foot or livestock. The closest Wilderness trails include Cottonwood, Comanche, Venable, and Goodwin. High Mountain lakes are accessible from the Wilderness trails.   For reservations or information visit or call 877-833-6777.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: Phone 877-444-6777 or visit at least 4 days in advance. Friday and Saturday night minimum required stay on weekends. 3 nights minimum on holiday weekends. Walk-ups are exempt from the nightly minimum.
Area Amenities: Camping trailer
Fees: Fees are charged for overnight camping. Two vehilces per site. Additional fee for extra vehicles. Day-use fees charged if not registered in campgrounds. Fees are payable by cash, check or money order. Self-servicing fee tube is available. First-come, first-served sites must be occupied the FIRST NIGHT. Senior, Access (handicap), Golden Age and Golden Access Cardholders: 50% discount off the camping fee and day-use fee. Season passes sold by camp hosts are honored for free day-use access.  Equestrian sites are available.   For reservations or information visit or call 877-833-6777.
Open Season: May 21, 2021 - September 20, 2021
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: June - August
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to this campground:
  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • No discharge of firearms or fireworks.
  • Only licensed vehicles can operate inside campground.
  • Camping is NOT ALLOWED behind a LOCKED GATE.
Closest Towns: Westcliffe, CO
Water: Drinking water is available
Restroom: Accessible outhouses

The Interagency Senior Pass (previously known as the Golden Age Pass) and the Interagency Access Pass qualifies for a 50% discount at concessionaire run campsites. The discount only applies to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass owner, not to any additional campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass owner's party.

Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company
Information Center: Peak season: Memorial Day  to Labor Day

During peak season, this campground is a full-service campground. Pre-season and extended season have reduced service such as water, trash, or a host may not be available.

General Information


From downtown Westcliffe, CO; travel 3 miles south on State Highway 69 to County Road 140 then 7 miles west to the campground


Campground Camping

50 campsites, 9 are RV accessible with a spur length of no more that 29 feet, and 3 are Horse sites. Water from a handpump, accessible toilets and trash receptacles are located in the campground. Each campsite has a firegrate/grill and a picnic table. Firewood is available for sale by the concessionaire at the campground. 
Horse Sites: The 3 horse sites have more space (no corralls) and are away from the other campsites. You must bring only certified weed free hay, or certified weed free cubes, or pellets.

Horse Camping

This campground has 4 sites large enough for horse trailers.


Camping trailer: 9 RV Sites, 4 Horse Sites

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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