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Camping in Colorado



About Colorado Camping

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.

Recent Reviews In Colorado

6495 Reviews of 1557 Colorado Campgrounds

Warrior K.
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2021

Beautiful nights over Breckenridge.

It a great place to car camp I spent 3 nights there. A few people drive by and come for walks. Very quiet. They were closing for the season this morning when I was leaving.

Month of VisitJanuary
Katelyn H.
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2021

The coolest

How bout that it's awsl e

Month of VisitOctober
Katelyn H.
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2021

Green awesome


Month of VisitMay
BThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2021

Another excellent (and expensive) CO state park

Lovely weather while I was here very early December 2021. 60s for highs and close to freezing at night. the dry camping loop and loops A B and C are closed for the season. There are very few people here. Only a few other sites are occupied. One day I rode 10 miles on my E bike just on the paved…

  • Panorama
  • Spanish peaks 18 miles away
  • Snow on Spanish peaks early December 2021
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Month of VisitJanuary
Eileen S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2021

Crowded Camping Near Keystone

This is beautiful camping close to keystone and likewise gets crowded in the summer months. If you want a spot on a weekend, get there early. There are a few pull offs along the road suitable for most cars, but if you have a high clearance 4WD you can go on a few offshoot roads and find more…

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2021

Holy Crow!

After a gorgeous "climb" up the curvy Casino Central City Parkway road to find this KOA (breathtaking views!), we were thrilled at the ease of simply picking a site and plugging in. Granted, we were only able to stay one night, and it was a chilly mid-October visit, so there were tons of sites to…

  • Nice spacious sites!
  • The view from site 18
  • The view from our site
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Month of VisitNovember
Jordan M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2021

Showers and flushable toilets

I loved the camping space, the host, the showers, and the flushable toilets. I recommend bringing earplugs since the highway runs through glenwood springs.

Month of VisitOctober
lauren B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2021

Dispersed camping along Browns Creek and Little Browns Creek Trail

We backpacked Browns creek and Little Browns Creek Trail in the beginning of August. There were great spots for camping along the way- some of the best camp sites I've stayed at. If you start the loop going 'clockwise', there is a wonderful first campsite with a view of a lake and the mountains.…

  • The last campsite we stayed at- right past Mt Anterro if you do the trail clockwise
  • Our first campsite
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Month of VisitSeptember
Chad H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2021

Fall Visit.

Aspen leaves in full color. Peaceful park, great place for hiking. Camp host was great and helped us find a great spot.

SiteSite 9 by the stream.
Month of VisitNovember
BThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2021

John Martin SP and Hasty CG

Very nice campground, well-maintained. The grass was cut very short, sandy soil. Some sites are right on the water most sites have a cover on the picnic table. Spacious and spread out for the most part. Friendly park ranger in the visitors center. The visitor center also has a few interesting…

  • sites on the water
  • well maintained interior roads
  • flat sites
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Month of VisitDecember
Jenny G.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2021

Happy camper

This spot is really nice. A few campsites right at the front for those with low clearance. If your car is capable to go further down the road, then the views are chefs kiss

Month of VisitDecember
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2021

Nice but kind of developed

It was pretty rough driving in, there were so many “private” lands even when you hit the national forest. The dispersed camping we found had 3 sites stacked on top of each other. Went a little further up the road and did find much else except more houses. It’s right next to a hiking trail which is…

Month of VisitDecember
Ted E.
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2021

Nice spot, but kinda confusing to get to

Turn at 37.2266762, -107.6950140 from the highway (google maps doesn't show the road, but it's visible on satellite view).

Month of VisitDecember
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2021

Amenities Not Available to All Campers

These are full hook-up sites. Amenities include playground, pool, laundry, bathrooms, and shower. We were notified before hand that we could not hook up to water due to freezing temperatures. (It is November.) When we arrived we discovered the bathrooms/showers were only open 8am-8pm. An…

Month of VisitDecember
Megan H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2021

Dispersed camping in the open desert

A great place to pull in overnight if you are passing through. Primitive camping but close to the main road, so access is easy. No shade, water, or amenities.

Month of VisitOctober

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