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Top Dispersed Camping near Westcliffe, CO

174 Reviews

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Best Dispersed Camping Sites Near Westcliffe, CO (47)

  1. Camper-submitted photo from Sacred White Shell Mountain
  2. Camper-submitted photo from Lake Deweese state wildlife area

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    Lake Deweese state wildlife area

    4 Reviews
    6 Photos
    132 Saves
    Westcliffe, Colorado
    • Pets
    • Dispersed
    • Trash
    • Picnic Table
    • Firewood Available
    • Toilets
  3. Camper-submitted photo from The Dunefield — Great Sand Dunes National Park

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    The Dunefield — Great Sand Dunes National Park

    7 Reviews
    46 Photos
    296 Saves
    Great Sand Dunes National Park And Preserve, Colorado

    Explore any part of the 30 square mile dunefield you wish; there are no designated trails in the sand. A dunes-accessible wheelchair is available for free loan at the Visitor Center. Summer air temperatures are pleasant at this high elevation, but during afternoon hours the sand surface can reach 150F degrees, and dangerous thunderstorms can develop. Plan to hike the dunes in early morning or evening to avoid heat exhaustion, burned feet, or fatal lightning strikes.

    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
  4. Camper-submitted photo from South Colony Basin

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    South Colony Basin

    2 Reviews
    8 Photos
    83 Saves
    Crestone, Colorado

    South Colony Basin and the surrounding 14,000-foot peaks offer a broad range of recreational opportunities, including camping, hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, fishing and hunting. This diversity of activities, combined with the natural beauty of the basin and the rough but passable access provided by the road, has made South Colony Basin the most popular destination in the Sangre de Cristo Range. Trailhead register data indicate 3,500 to 4,500 persons (7,000 to 9,000 visitor days) visit the small (1500 acre) upper basin at the head of the South Colony drainage during the summer season. Since 1996, the Forest Service has worked in partnership with Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, Colorado Outward Bound, and other educational and environmental service organizations to reconstruct trails and climbing routes within the basin, stabilize eroding alpine slopes (caused by user-created trails), inventory and restore undesirable campsites and social trails. To date, nearly $1,000,000 (of mostly non-federal funds) and 40,000 volunteer hours have been spent restoring long-term recreational impacts, rebuilding the lower road, constructing trailhead facilities and creating sustainable summit trails in South Colony Basin.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
  5. Camper-submitted photo from Cotton Creek Trailhead

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    Cotton Creek Trailhead

    1 Review
    4 Photos
    26 Saves
    Crestone, Colorado

    The Cotton Creek Trail is 13.1 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 962 and ends at Forest Trail #745. Trail is well marked and maintained. It follow the creek through a rugged, steep canyon and diverse scenery, with views of high peaks and many beautiful wildflowers in season. Some stream crossings can be tricky if water level is high. Attractions are fishing in creeks and lakes, and many good campsites. Teacup Lake presents an opportunity for primitive route finding.

    The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Backpacking, Horseback Riding, Dispersed Camping, and Wildflower Viewing

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
  6. Camper-submitted photo from Penrose Common Rec Site

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    Penrose Common Rec Site

    8 Reviews
    25 Photos
    51 Saves
    Penrose, Colorado

    Penrose Commons Recreation Area offers a warm, arid climate among pinon and juniper woodlands. The best time to visit is September through May when temperatures are comfortable and the snowy peaks of the Sangre De Cristo mountain range are visible in the distance. With 30 miles of motorized trail, the area is popular for ATVs, motorcycles and four wheeling. Independence Trail system is known for its extreme 4x4 rock crawling opportunities with easy access for spectators to enjoy the trail activity. Penrose Commons is also popular for horseback riding, hunting and dispersed camping. The area has a restroom, trail map information and ample parking space for trailers. A wet weather gate closes the area to motorized use during wet conditions. For more information, please contact the Royal Gorge Field Office.

    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Dispersed
    • Picnic Table
    • Toilets
  7. Camper-submitted photo from Great Sand Dunes Dispersed
  8. Camper-submitted photo from Mt. Shavano Wildlife Area

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    Mt. Shavano Wildlife Area

    11 Reviews
    15 Photos
    299 Saves
    Poncha Springs, Colorado
    • Electric Hookups
    • Dispersed
    • Market
    • Firewood Available
    • Drinking Water
  9. Camper-submitted photo from Marshall Pass
  10. Camper-submitted photo from Huerfano State Wildlife Area

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