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

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Alvarado Campground

Elevation: 9,000 Feet (2805.5 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 47
Reservation Remarks: Electric/phone connections at host site
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Alvarado Campground is located approximately 10 miles southwest of Westcliffe on Highway 69. Go south of Westcliffe to County Road 140 and follow it for about 7 miles to the campground.

There are 47 individual family campsites and two trailheads here. Each campsite includes a table, fire ring and parking spur. Drinking water comes through a piped water system with hydrants scattered throughout the campground. There are six double vault toilets; all roads and spurs are aggregate surfaced. The site for the campground manager has electrical and water hookups. Trash is collected with contractor-furnished dumpsters. The facilities in this campground are in fair to good condition. Alvarado has a use rate of 47% during the normal operating season.

Nearby attractions include access into the Sangre de Cristo "Wilderness, stream and alpine lake fishing, hiking, motorized trail riding, horseback riding and mountain bike riding

Directions from Westcliffe: Drive 3.5 miles south of Westcliffe to County Road 140, turn right and go another 4.5 miles. Turn left on County Road 141 and go 2 miles to the campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Mid-May through October (NOTE: Gate will be installed) .

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

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Brad Bowers (Castle Rock, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Visited the campground on 6/2/2008. Renovations have been completed and the campground is open. Approximately 1/4 filled. Nice, quaint restaurant next to the campground. A little pricey but the food is good. Enjoyed eating there the last night of camping. No pots, pans, or dishes to clean-up, just go enjoy a campfire after dinner. Next to the restaurant are 5 cabins available for rental. Very reasonable rates ($75 a night). Cabins are rustic but clean. They have kitchenettes complete with refrigerator, stove, sink, dining table. Two separate bedrooms, ours had queen beds in each room, but they took up almost the entire room. I would stay at them again.
Conditions: Campground was clean and dry. Many sites to choose from, some shaded, some very open. Many of the renovated campsites have been designed to accommodate tent and/or trailer camping. New outdoor tables, fire rings, lantern hangers installed. Very nicely done.
Water Availability: Drinking water is available from spigots around the campground.

Filed By: Marie (Pueblo, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Is currently closed for renovation - sign says scheduled to open in 2007.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly

Filed By: Carol (Ft. Garland, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful sites, bathrooms kept spotless; go to Silvercliff for pizza (closed Monday and Tuesday but that varies) and the grocery store for excellent steaks!!!
Conditions: supposed to be closed summer 2006 for renovations
Water Availability: water is available---faucets, not hand pumps

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful area. Camp sites were very nice and secluded from each other. There was a small stream running throught the camp site, with water in it, even in this drought. My legs are sore from all the hiking.
Conditions: Weather was perfect and the sites were very shady. Bring an hammock!
Water Availability: Drinking water was available.

Filed By: Kathy (Divide, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Campground did not have water at last visit (August 2001), but they were working on replacing the lines. Fee is $10 per night.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Alvarado Campground
ICON Hiking & Walking 2 trailheads in campground

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Visitor Information:

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Ste. 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO


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