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General Overview

Purgatoire Campground is located within the expansive Pike and San Isabel National Forests and the Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC). PSICC covers a diverse landscape across Colorado and parts of Kansas, with a range of recreational opportunities.

The campground offers visitors a chance to enjoy a rustic camping experience in a mountainous setting and to engage in various outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

Location and Access

Purgatoire Campground is situated in a scenic area of the national forests and grasslands. To reach the campground, visitors usually follow forest service roads that may require vehicles suitable for their conditions, especially during inclement weather or after seasonal rains.

Facilities and Amenities

The campground typically offers basic facilities, which may include:

  • Campsites: Various sites for tent and RV camping, although hookups are usually not available.
  • Picnic Tables and Fire Rings: Most campsites are equipped with a table and a fire ring for cooking and warmth.
  • Restrooms: Vault toilets are often available, but may not be luxurious or flushable.
  • Water: Potable water may or may not be available depending on the campground specifics and season. It's smart to bring your own.


Campers at Purgatoire Campground can enjoy a variety of activities:

  • Hiking: Trails can be found in the vicinity for all levels of hikers.
  • Fishing: Nearby streams or lakes may offer trout fishing.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Opportunities for spotting native wildlife like deer, elk, and various bird species.
  • Photography: The natural scenery provides ample photo ops for nature photography enthusiasts.

Regulations and Safety

  • Fees and Permits: There may be a nightly fee for camping, and some activities may require permits, which should be checked prior to visiting.
  • Campfire Restrictions: Depending on the season and current fire danger, there may be restrictions on campfires.
  • Wildlife Precautions: Proper food storage and safety precautions must be taken to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Leave No Trace: Campers should adhere to Leave No Trace principles to preserve the environment.

Season and Booking

  • Operating Season: This campground may be seasonal, typically operating from late spring to early fall.
  • Booking: Some campsites might be first-come, first-served, while others may be reservable in advance. It is advisable to check availability and reservation policies.

Getting More Information

For the most up-to-date information, including current conditions, reservations, and specific regulations, visitors should contact the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands District Office or check the official Forest Service website before planning their trip. This will ensure a safe and enjoyable camping experience at Purgatoire Campground.

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