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Great camping

I won. Camp robbers (the birds) lost.

Average at Best

Didn’t stay here but visited it while in the area to review and also scout for next trip to the area. Not sure how the listing can state fresh water when there isn’t any. This is a very basic and primitive campground so don’t expect too much.

Decent Location

While I say decent location it actually does serve a campers needs but if you are this close you definitely make the few more mile drive up the gravel road to either the Blue or Bear campgrounds. They are much better and the lakes near those campgrounds are spectacular.

Absolutely Beautiful

Incredible location and the drive up from the main road is steep but the views are simply magnificent. Great location and the campsites have good views. Highly recommend.

Incredible Views

The views driving up from the main road are absolutely stunning. I was here when the leaves were changing in the fall and I’m not sure there are many places in Colorado more beautiful than up here. The lake is pristine and clear and you can see every trout in the lake. The fishing was fantastic and the campsites were well situated and quiet. Highly recommend.

Beautiful Lake

This lake is in an absolutely beautiful part of the country. The campsites are all situated around the lake and each has a great lake view. Fishing is good as well. Close to a small convenience store and cafe so everything you need is near.

Good People - Good Location

Good place to stay and a great group of people running this place and the little store and cafe. Very helpful with fishing information in the area. Highly recommend.

Very pretty.

No one at entrance. Nice campground. Clean.

It was wonderful

My boyfriend and I took a 13 state journey this summer over the course of 3 weeks and this was one of my favorite campsites we stayed at. The site itself was quaint and very nice to tent camp in. The tent sites had raised platforms to put your tent on and the ground underneath was softer, so it wasn’t that uncomfortable to sleep on👍🏻10/10 would go back🏕 they had bear boxes to keep all your food and odorants in over night. They have wood for sale for fires, there’s showers up the road and bathrooms within walking distance of every site. The camp hosts were very kind and helpful.

Ponderosa Campground

This was a glorified parking lot.  It literally is a parking lot with the lines drawn to allow for campers to park parallel on the outside and have a wide spot down the middle.  Zero trees.  If you are on the side with the river, the river is nice but then the road is right there.  If you are on the side of the hill you have more privacy but no barrier between you and your neighbor.  The bathrooms are nice and the host was very diligent.  However, someone got their generator stolen in the middle of the night.  It's only good if you are using it as a base camp to have a great time hiking and fishing or checking out the nearby towns.  Great canyon, we saw a lot of wildlife - deer and turkey.

Nice little place in cool city

This park has 21 full hook up RV sites, more of a parking lot area with full hook ups. Not much to look at really, but the people are nice, and Trinidad is a great little city. The Park and motel are 420 friendly for those interested. We have stayed at the motel, and it was a nice little room, nothing fancy. Would definitely stay here again.

Ponderosa Campground

Awesome 4 tent campsites tucked away at end of parking lot. A short jaunt from vehicle to campsites so does require carrying your gear. Pretty neat. Highly recommend.

Too many damn kids

Quiet, beautiful canyon to camp in, with relaxing small mountain stream nearby. However, be aware that in the mornings you will be awoken at the crack of dawn by boy scouts looking for things under rocks, and old men advisors grumbling about sore feet and where to find coffee.

High Altitude Lake Site

This campsite run by the National Forest Service is about two hours drive west of Trinidad Colorado and about 45 minutes from the small town of La Veta. The site is accessed off of scenic highway 12. You drive about 5 miles up a step dirt and gravel road with multiple switchback to reach near lake. This is the sister camp to blue lake campground about 1 mile down the mountain road. Bear lake is a beautiful mountain fishing lake at about 11,000 feet altitude. The site is very popular for families in the summer looking for great camping and even better fishing. The lake is full of trout and many campers were hitting their 4 fish limit. The site has better views of the mountain peaks than blue lake. The campsites have some privacy depending on the site. This place is very popular and reservations are a must in the summer months. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and ample parking for two cars or a van. They have great trails for hiking and ATVs here and campers frequently run into bears. So you need to prepare and take the necessary precautions. The site is also popular for ATVs. So would will need to prepare for vehicles running through the camp.

High Elevation Forest Camp

We camped here two nights in July 2019. The site is about two hours west of Trinidad Colorado in the Spanish Peaks Area along scenic highway 12. The road leading to the site is about 5 miles of step gravel and dirt road with multiple switchbacks. The road is wide enough for vans and smaller campers but not the larger 5th wheels or RVs. You follow road up the mountain along the stream to blue lake a small mountain lake that is popular for trout fishing The campground is just north of the lake. The have a couple of loops with about 10 sites in each loop. Most of the sites are located along a beautiful wooded mountain stream. The high elevation of 10,000 keeps the temps down in the summer and the night sky is spectacular. The camp was full during our stay and reservations are highly recommended. A few campers were moving around each night for the odd opening. They have fire wood, water, and nice clean pit toilets. Our site number 8 was great and positioned on the trail to the lake and along the stream. You can see the mountain tops from sites 6 and 7 but they are along the road. This is a popular area for ATVs. So you may have company on the trails or around the site. The sites had a nice mix of tents, vans, and campers. We plan to come back in the fall. This is a keeper. Each site had a picnic table, fire ring and ample parking for two cars or one van. You do have some privacy between the sites. The camps along the river including 8, 9, and 10 are outstanding.

Disappointed

We traveling through Northern New Mexico on our way back to Austin. The campsite was a bit of a disappointment after so many get camps in Colorado. Cimarron Canyon is still recovering from a major wildfire with large sections of the pine forest destroyed. As you travel up the canyon the damage is less so in the State Park. The highlight here is the trout stream that runs through the camp. We stayed at Tolby Campground. The park headquarters and park rangers are based here. So it’s resource for those looking to information or assistance. The campsite has a nice day use area with lots of parking excellent restrooms with for ADA. The camp host was very personable and welcomed each of the guests as they came in throughout the day. You had a mix of families and retirees at the camp enjoying the summer retreat. They firewood for sale as well. Our big grip was the lack of privacy and the size of the sites and campground itself. The sites are right next too each other and many of the huge 5th wheel RVs were running generators all day and night while others were lighting fires in the rain and smoking out the campground. It’s only $10 per night to camp here. So it may be an option for those looking to do some fishing and perhaps visiting in the week when the site isn’t completely full. The road is also very close and trucks can be heard all day long. I can’t recommend this place based on our experience, the condition of the sites,and the location.

Such a beauty!

We were lucky to book the last paige last minute, and what a view! Sites have picnic tables and fire pits. Trinidad is a charming town. Just perfect!

Great Spot ⛺️

This campground has 3 walk in tent campsites, a pit toilet, picnic tables, fire pits and great access to West Spanish Peaks trailhead. Very clean & quite. Great Mountain View’s. There are fees for camping & day use. US Forrest Service land.

Great Location, easy camping

We reserved a spot at Lake Alice for three nights.  Some reviews of the campground talk about the road being close.  Sites 15 and 16 are great.  Site 13 and 14 are ON THE ROAD and the accessible site near the bathroom is literally a couple of feet away so beware!  We were in site 16 and tucked away from everything.  Pit toilets were well kept and there is firewood available on the site.  We parked our tiny trailer in the driveway and set up a tent two stairs up on the main part of the site.  The free showers were great down by the ranger station.  The lake itself is gorgeous, there are plenty of hiking trails.  We brought kayaks and had a great time.  Being from Denver, it was so great to be away from crowds (almost no one at the lake on 4th of July weekend) and to not have to deal with I70 traffic.  We would definitely go back.

Larry is the best!

Clean friendly staff/owner. Larry is the man. Found this place when everything along the interstate was booked. Fair pricing, play area for kids(needs supervision), liqueur store in walking distance, laundry is walking distance. And in a great town with nice people.

Amazing view!

Beautiful view and fun stuff for the kids to do! Hiking, playground, geocaching. We will definitely be back!

One of my favorite spots

Great fishing opportunities, and wonderful hiking all around. Close by to two towns where you can pick up provisions. Campgrounds are great for tent camping, with many right by the river. Even though some sites are close to the road, the traffic is light so we didn’t notice.

First visit and wow!

After a long drive from south Texas, this was my first visit to Sugarite Canyon and it definitely exceeded my expectations! The staff was friendly and helpful and the amenities were accommodating. The area is absolutely beautiful. This little park has something for everyone. Highland trails, lakes and streams, primitive and car-camping sites. Plenty of wildlife to see, birds and other critters everywhere. And of course the vistas. I will definitely be back there soon. Thanks, New Mexico!

Pretty nice campground!

Cimarron Canyon State Park has numerous campgrounds along the way through the park. They all look fairly well maintained all either had vault toilets or restrooms (none had showers that I know of). We stayed at the Maverick campground which had a pond and the river was close by. Lots of good fishing spots!

Pretty nice campground!

Cimarron Canyon State Park has numerous campgrounds along the way through the park. They all look fairly well maintained all either had vault toilets or restrooms (none had showers that I know of). We stayed at the Maverick campground which had a pond and the river was close by. Lots of good fishing spots!

Nice

Spent lots of time here!

First to Review
Great but gets HOT-

Very nice Pinon Pines and other small trees for cover. Up on the top of a hill next to the lake, so not much access to the water. One year, when the water was low, it took about 15 min both ways up/down pretty rough and rugged trails. Or you drive around to other places to access the lake.

Nice place to stay, but gets VERY HOT. And can also have some unpredictable weather roll through with high winds. Remember this site is on a hilltop. 

One photo you can see another campground, across the lake, that has almost no cover, not much sagebrush even, but is right next to the water. We choose the Ridge with Pinons, and the hike to water. But some may want more water access.

Mountain Isolation

No access to electric or water. Road to camp is rough. Beautiful scenery. Short drive to Chucara and Stonewall.

Small but perfect!

Limited space

Need higher ground clearance

Clean beautiful place

Only accessible with snow melt

Road to access is small and winding so go slow

Respectable spots

Great views of mountains and fantastic trout fishing at both Blue and Bear lakes. Short drive to Chucara with tourist shops and great restaurants.

No major towns nearby so come prepared. Make sure you fill up!

Fantastic!!

Great rv or tent sites. Amazing views and fishing

Small store and restaurant on site

Free fishing is usually first weekend in June and the local fire dept hosts a fishing tourney

Sites fill up quickly. Busy on weekends. We prefer Sun-Thur to miss the crowds.

Near Stonewall which has restaurant/small store. Nearby fly fishing at North Lake

Come with a full tank of gas!