Alvarado Campground

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.  

Dates are weather dependent. All services may not be available early or late in the season.

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: $25.00 per site fee for overnight camping. Two vehilces per site. Additional $10.00 fee for extra vehicles. $10.00 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 and 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 at $27.00 per site.   
Open Season: May 12, 2023 - Oct. 8, 2023
Usage: Medium-Heavy
  • 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: available
Restroom: Accessible vault toilets
Passes: America the Beautiful Senior or Access Pass cardholders may receive a 50% discount off the camping fee only. 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: Concessionaire
Information Center: San Carlos Ranger District (719) 269-8500

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

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