ALVARADO CAMPGROUND, CO

Alvarado Campground, located at an elevation of 9,000 ft., is a prime location for accessing easy to challenging hikes in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. The variety of trails lead to high elevation lakes, picturesque waterfalls, and a number of stunning scenic overlooks. Alvarado...
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  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • Hay brought to this facility must be certified weed-free
  • No electric hookups available
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites
  • Click here for more information on Pike and San Isabel National Forests
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.
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ALVARADO STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 40 Back-In
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ALVARADO STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 35 Back-In
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ALVARADO STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 40 Pull-Through
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*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

Alvarado Campground, located at an elevation of 9,000 ft., is a prime location for accessing easy to challenging hikes in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. The variety of trails lead to high elevation lakes, picturesque waterfalls, and a number of stunning scenic overlooks. Alvarado is designed for a range of campers, with facilities for tent, RV and equestrian campers.

Pike-San Isabel National Forests include over a million acres of wilderness and over half of Colorado's mountain peaks that reach above 14,000 feet.

Natural Features:

Alvarado is perched on the side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains among sweet smelling ponderosa pine, aspen, lodgepole and gambel oak trees. Some sites offer views of the Wet Mountain Valley below while others sit beside Alvarado Creek.

The campground is within reach of the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, which spans 226,455 acres with 60 alpine lakes, 400 miles of streams and over 400 miles of trails to explore.

Large aspen stands visible in the area today are a result of heavy controlled fires set in the early 1900's to clear pasture land, expose minerals and produce charcoal.

Recreation:

Near the campground are several trailheads that provide visitors with a variety of recreational opportunities. All trails are open for horseback riding and hiking. The Rainbow Trail is a premier ATV and motorcycle trail. The non-motorized Comanche and Venable Trails lead into the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness where waterfalls and alpine lakes may be enjoyed.

Facilities:

Alvarado is divided into three unique areas. The lower level accommodates tents and RVs, the upper level is designed for walk-in tent campers, and part of the middle section caters to equestrian campers. There are no corrals but there is space to put portable corrals for horses.

Parking aprons are dirt and gravel. Tent pads and lantern posts are located in the lower campsites only.

Nearby Attractions:

Explore the Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway that takes drivers through the Wet Mountains and provides spectacular views of 22 peaks, all within the San Isabel National Forest.

Booking Window
Tue Apr 29 2014 - Sat Oct 25 2014

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Walk In Fri May 02 2014 Thu May 22 2014
Peak Fri May 23 2014 Sun Sep 07 2014
Walk In Mon Sep 08 2014 Sun Oct 12 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian Sites
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Hiking
  • Lantern Posts
  • Picnic Area
  • Tent Pads
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Motorcycle Trails
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Walk In Season
May 02 2014 -
May 22 2014
WALK TO $18.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $18.00-$34.00
RV NONELECTRIC $18.00
EQUESTRIAN NONELECTRIC $18.00
Peak Season
May 23 2014 -
Sep 07 2014
WALK TO $18.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $18.00-$34.00
RV NONELECTRIC $18.00
EQUESTRIAN NONELECTRIC $18.00
Walk In Season
Sep 08 2014 -
Oct 12 2014
WALK TO $18.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $18.00-$34.00
RV NONELECTRIC $18.00
EQUESTRIAN NONELECTRIC $18.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.07889, -105.56333
38°4'44"N, 105°33'48"W

From Westcliffe, CO, take State Route 69 south 3 miles to the campground sign. Turn right and go 1.8 miles to the stop sign. Continue straight through the stop sign for 2.8 miles until you hit another stop sign (RD 141). Turn left onto RD 141 and continue 2.1 miles to campground. (Note: RD 141 becomes dirt/gravel after 0.4 miles.)
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

ALVARADO CAMPGROUND
Co. Rd. 140
WESTCLIFFE CO 81212

Phone Number:

Information: (719)269-8500