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Fishing: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > San Carlos Ranger District

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Purgatoire Campground

Elevation: 9,700 Feet (3023.7 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 23
Reservation Remarks: Tent, trailer, 5 sites approved for horse camping
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Purgatoire Campground is located on Forest Development Road 34 approximately 4
miles west of its intersection with State Highway 12. Forest Road 34 is approximately
34 miles from the town of La Veta, CO. It is located at 9,700 feet above sea

This campground consists of 23 single family units, each unit has a
table, fire ring with grill and parking spur. Sanitation is provided for by
three double-unit vault toilets. Drinking water is provided by one well with
hand pump. Trash collection is by 5 bear-proofed 30-gal. cans. The loop roads
and parking spurs are aggregate surfaced.

All facilities are in poor to fair condition. The Northfork Trailhead is located within the boundary of the campground. Purgatoire has an average use rate of 35% during the normal operating season.

Attractions include fishing at nearby North and Monument Lakes and stream
fishing in the Purgatoire, hiking, and horseback riding.

Directions from Jct Rte 160 & I-25 in Walsenberg: Take Rte 160 west for 13.5 mi., make left on Rte 12 south and go for 30 mi. Pass Cuchara Ski Area, make a right on FDR 34.5 at North Lake Rec. Area. Go right at fork in road 4.1 mi. to CG.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Mid-May through Mid-October (NOTE: Gated entrance) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
Single unit fee Call for Current Fee Drinking water, toilets, garba

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Fees are $9 per nite in 1999 with 2 cars permitted per camp site. 2nd car charge is $4.50 per nite. Campground is in good condition but is fairly primative. It gets very little use during the week, and is rarely filled on weekends. Expect rain EVERY AFTERNOON IN JULY (according to the camp host). It rains much less often in August. The purgatoire river is not fishable near the campgrounds.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Purgatoire Campground
ICON Cold Water Fishing North and Monument Lakes and stream fishing in the Purgatory
ICON Hiking & Walking

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Visitor Information:

San Carlos Ranger District, 3170 East Main Street , CaƱon City, CO, 81212, Phone: 719-269-8500, Fax: 719-269-9719


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