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Camping Colorado

When it comes to camping in Colorado, the options are almost limitless. From the valleys of the state’s highest peaks to Garden of the Gods and beyond, you’ll find alpine lakes, red rock formations, craggy peaks, dense pine forest, and wildflower-dotted meadows all right outside the tent door.

While Colorado claims many iconic destinations, Garden of the Gods ranks near the top of many visitors’ lists. The red rock formations backed by towering mountain ridgelines offers a jaw-dropping location for both hiking and camping in Colorado. Head to the Garden of the Gods RV Resort and pitch your tent for easy access to adventure, or opt for a cottage to enjoy a little luxury at the edges of one of Colorado’s most scenic locations. Enjoy easy day hikes through the namesake park, or explore the trails that trace through Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

If wilderness and solitude are more of what you’re looking for, ditch the big city and head for Twin Lakes, the basecamp for Colorado’s highest peak, Mount Elbert. Situated at a lofty 9,900 feet on the edges of Turquoise Lake, May Queen Campground offers both tranquility and million-dollar views. Sleep beneath a starry sky amidst lodgepole pines and spend your days exploring the Turquoise Lake Nature Trail. Ambitious hikers can post up at the Elbert Creek campground and head for the Mount Elbert trailhead to tackle the challenging trek to the 14,433-foot summit. And, don’t forget the fishing rod for this destination: angling on any of the nearby lakes is a great way to enjoy sunny summer days camping in Colorado’s mountains.

Those looking to stay closer to the Mile High City can find tent camping at Echo Lake campground on the outskirts of Idaho Springs, or at Aspen Meadows campground in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Whether it’s a weekend getaway not far from the city or a challenging and inspiring adventure deep in the mountains, the medley of camping in Colorado has something for everyone.

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Recent Reviews in Colorado
Lake on the plains

Have been here several times. The lake is very different depending on when you travel. The last trip when the water was down provided tons of sand for a beach like adventure. Sites are all very different:. Well spaced, fairly clean, and varying degrees of shade. It is frequently windy and dusty in the campground. Be sure to plan for some water activities to enjoy the trip. And be on the lookout for snakes.

Well Maintained Place for fun and relaxation

This campground is well maintained and very clean. The owners make sure you have everything you need and that you enjoy your stay. Very convenient for trips to the lake. Easy to get in and out. Plenty of shade. Loved our stay!


Great area to camp off 18 1/2 mile road. There are so many great trails back here and many different areas to camp for free. Highly recommend.

very nice campground

Nice campground, except some noise from highway. The tent sites are not free unless it is off season you may be able to get away with it. I stealth camped here in a parking spot and paid for a day pass.

Good BLM

Plenty of camping on BLM land. Be advised, signage recommends high clearance vehicles.

East Portal Campground

The mountains are beautiful! Clean, quiet and secluded. Great amenities and kind helpful staff.

A True Gem

My girlfriend and I took a trip to Utah in January and found ourselves in a snowy Montrose en route to Moab. We booked a spot here and were greeted kindly by the owners and residential campers who help oversee the campgrounds. There is availability for all kinds of campers from Pop-ups, to RVs, to tent, and cabins and sits next to a lovely stream. The facilities were great as well! You can tell that there was a lot of heart and intention put into this space. Will definitely be stopping in again when passing through the area.

Large campsites right near the Utah border

Roads are pretty typical of public lands.. go slow, but we got a space with a private campsite and fire ring with a killer view. And… it’s free so.. doesn’t get much better than that haha.

Spring 2021

We packed up the truck and headed out on our first camping trip of 2021 with our new 6month pup, Luna. It was a wonderful Easter weekend. This is a great spot for good car camping. The dirt road took us up through the mountains with plenty of options to pull off and set up camp. Spots were already there to build a campfire. We didn't hear noise from other campers just the occasional bikers and cars driving up on the road. Wish it hadn't been dry because there wasn't any water nearby. Other than that it was a beautiful weekend. We'll definitely be back.

Winter Camping Must

This camp ground offered their loop B open to first come, first serve. There were a ton of spots as we rolled in around 11pm on April 12th. There were vaulted bathrooms and an inexpensive $20 fee to camp. I highly recommend if you need a spot to stay before hiking Rocky Mountain National. There were some elk visitors too!