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.
Great spot for tent or RV camping. Stayed in Union loop with Jess (site manager btw awesome guy). Pros: -very clean sites and restrooms thanks to Jess. -great fishing along the Taylor river -plenty of shaded area at the sites. -great hiking. Cons: -if coming from Denver it’s a trek due to cottonwood pass being under construction. Bottom line: definitely a great spot, must check it out.
Pros: -lots of level, well maintained sites -huge lake, great for fishing or boating -electrical hookups for RV camping Cons: -minimal shade and sites are close together -bathroom/shower are at the entrance (a considerable distance from most sites) -not a ton of great hiking areas. Bottom line if you’re an RV camper and an angler definitely a decent spot. If you’re a tent camper and hiker check elsewhere.
Very friendly staff, great showers and bathrooms, plenty of room at our site with a few tables and wood stools. The included showers with hot water and good pressure was amazing after our 4 day backpacking trip on the Maroon Bells. (No quarter showers here!) The owners spend a lot of time making sure all the right details are in place to make it feel like a CO campground. I would give 5 stars except, you can hear the highway. Everything is great.
Great first come first served campground. Camp hosts were awesome and quick access to the lake. Clean and quiet little place.
Short walk to the lake but far enough that you may need to drive down to the day use area if you want snacks, beers, etc. Quiet and clean campground but there are lots of mosquitoes and the lake can get very windy. Beautiful area and a quick drive into Leadville if you are looking for a quick stop in a cool town.
We had a wonderful time camping along the Twin Lakes beach! A high clearance vehicle is preferred but we made do without one. There’s plenty of drive-in campsites, but we opted to haul our gear to a secluded spot on the beach. It was definitely worth it! The views were incredible and in the morning we hopped right into the crystal clear water.
We’ll be back to this spot again for a longer weekend because 1 full day isn’t enough!
Good campground not to far from Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s about 9 miles off the main road so it’s a good drive back in there but nice area right by the lake and some streams. Tons of hikes and fishing right by the campgrounds. The spots are mostly small so not many would hold a large trailer. Most of them have a spot for a tent as well and ours was well spaced and covered from other spots by brush and trees. Lake is huge and the cove we were by was good for paddle boarding and kayaks. Also saw lots of wildlife all around.
Great campground by lake Dillon and very close to the town but seems like you are miles from them. Campgrounds and restrooms were very clean and they aren’t to close together. Close to hikes and lots of fishing.
I had to cancel my reservation when my brakes failed on my travel trailer. I called 72 hours prior to my arrival date and the man who I spoke to said I would only be charged a $10 cancellation fee. In the end I was charged for the full stay ($140) because I had reserved a deluxe site. I had only reserved a deluxe site because the only options when I booked were either deluxe or by the highway. As an unemployed mom traveling with two young kids, I had to make the best choice for my family. Had they been upfront about the policy when I called, I would have rethought my plans, maybe tried harder to find a mechanic who could fix my brakes during the long July 4th holiday weekend.
We drove up the road for a while to find a higher up spot. High clearance is definitely needed, dirt road turns into curvy, rocky road with multiple spots on both sides. There were plenty of already made fire pits. The views are amazing and even though we saw several other people, we never heard them. There was a few 4wheelers and dirt bikes. All around great, free spot.
Where I camped there was a pull off and if you walked down into the woods, it opened up to wayyy more sites than I imagined. Stayed kinda close to tree line and decided to rain, so since I was by myself I stayed in the car. Beautiful road and not at all too bumpy!
Great views from this camp area. There are some really good spots on the river or tucked into trees, others are wide open and not as good. Bugs were terrible at dusk and not too bad otherwise. Also each spot is not numbered so you may have people park close to you but we had a great experience on a Friday. Arrived around 7pm and got one of the last spots.
Our third time staying here. Opinion - best FamCamp in the system. Love the ability to base from here in the Colorado Springs area and branch out for all adventures you can imagine.
Campground is clean. Friendly staff. Level spots. Though not exactly private, plenty of pine trees to make you feel you are in the woods. City water was clean/no smell/good pressure, though paperwork says a regulator is mandatory.
Down side = the routinely travelled train tracks with mandatory horns. Regardless, we would return without question.
Very quiet, serene campground! We are anglers and we chose site #26, which is closest to the river. It’s a hike down but doable! The probablemente was that the water was too high to fish. We will come back when water levels are down. There were some flies and mosquitos but better when the breeze came thru. Very peaceful and nice campground in the middle of the forest.
First, the hosts:
- Bob and Kay are amazing hosts. Very welcoming and really eager to make sure your stay is everything you need it to be.
- Bob gave us some ideas of things to do in the area, and when we visited his gallery, he was patient and spent a lot of time telling us about the artists he shows and his work. Bob is an artist and this is their home and his studio, and we found that to be really cool and quirky.
- Baylee, the burro who lives on site, is sweet as can be- she is super friendly, gentle, and loves carrots and apples.
- They sell firewood and charcoal on site- no need to bring it. Bob will split the wood and bring a wheelbarrow full to your site for less than buying bundles at the store.
- The bathhouse isn't new, but it is fully functional, clean, and has great hot water.
- The campground has a number of different sites that are all unique- some are traditional dirt sites, some are grassier sites, some are by the lakes, some are by the river. It varies a lot- if there is something you are looking for specifically in a site, I'd recommend letting Bob & Kay know when you book. The only unhappy people I've seen review the site over on HC were unhappy because they didn't communicate well with Bob & Kay.
- Our site was right by the actual lakes, just below the studio. It was closer to Highway 50 than the riverside sites, but we weren't bothered by the traffic- it's pretty light traffic and quiets down at night, making the campground very secluded at night. The plus side of the site was proximity to amenities- water, power, bathhouse, etc. When we booked, we had planned on camping with our teardrop trailer, so we had reserved a site that had access to power and was big enough for our camper.
- They have a number of portable fire pits and charcoal grills that are technically shared, but when we were there there were enough that we had full use of one, and Bob told me they were expecting a few more in the next week or so.
- They do host some long-term river raft guides as campers during the summer, but they were super friendly and neighborly, too. All in all, we had a fantastic time, and we will be back.
We loved Bob, Kay, and Baylee.
Let me preface this review by stating that is it weren’t for some regrettable encounters with one deplorable staff member(manager) this would have been a 4 star review. More on that later….
This campground is ideally located in my opinion, situated between Estes Park and Rocky Mtn NP, right next to a river, short walk to a grocery store (with shuttle to downtown) and alongside a road you can use to bypass the nasty summer traffic, I can’t think of a better place to be. My family and I stayed here for a week in a 34 ft travel trailer. The campground has a pool, hot tub, office with some supplies, full hookups, spacious sites, playground, fishing pond, laundromat, and a modest mini golf course. I was really impressed with the site width(in a busy destination such as Estes Park you would expect to be crammed in). Each site is bordered by log fencing to add to the feel of a large space. Sites are level and graveled. The pool is decently sized and the hot tub is fairly new. Mini golf is fun(clubs and balls and borrowed from the office) but is a little run down.
So with all this good stuff, what are the cons? Well, the laundry machines are old and expensive. The activities center was never open, even on the 4th of July. No campfires at the sites and the community campfire is uninviting. The wifi is almost non-existent except at the pool/office. The game room is locked and empty. And the manager drives around the campground flying pirate flags and curses out his staff for insufficient reasons, in front of children. When my husband confronted him about this, he huffed off and never apologized, even though he walked by our site frequently. I am told that this is being brought to the attention of the owners, but since no action has been taken as of the time of this post, it is being included in this review. The other staff have been friendly.
Overall, I would stay here again but would make sure the situation with the manager has been rectified.
O7 | 04 | 19. I loved these camping places. Right near the water and right in between 3 mountains. It was so beautiful during the day but BE WARNED it got SO FREAKING COLD at night. Being from Texas I wasn't prepared. Seriously stay here. Especially if you have a Side By Side/ can am/ ranger/ ATV whatever.
Just absolutely incredible! Plenty of free dispersed camping with very little “ neighbors”. We went on the 4th of July and it still wasn’t busy. Eventually made our way to the reservoir at the end of the rd and it was breathtaking! Had our dogs with us the whole time, I highly recommend this campsite. River running through the whole rd but no bathrooms or any amenities just raw nature. Easy to find as the rd is right off of HWY 24.
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I came across this spot from a previous Rangers review! We were looking for something in the Buena Vista/ Salida area. The spots are about 20 south of BV and about 10 minutes north of Salida. A great base camp for a multitude of activities. The Arkansas river is a minute down the road, it is the take out spot for the popular Browns Canyon section. Within 20 minutes of driving you have multiple Colorado 14ers to hike, amazing fishing, miles of mountain biking trails and 2 amazing towns with great places to eat or grab a beer.
The spot itself is very basic, as most BLM sites are. A simple rock fire ring built by past occupants and a small spot to park. That is about it. No bathrooms, no tables and no designated spots. I counted about 8 or so "spots", all fairly spread out. There were a few RV's parked, so plenty of room if that is what you are driving. Did i mention its free!
Vey easy to find, follow highway 285 until you see the Hecla Juntion forest service sign. Once turning off 285 onto country road 194, you will drive about 1/4 mile, looking on your right for a small white sign with some rules for camping and the BLM logo.
Overall i was very impressed with this spot. Easy to get to and the spot was large and flat for tents. The view was the best part, multiple 14ers directly in eye shot while hanging around by the fire. Cant beat it.
As a Ranger of The Dyrt, i sometimes get to test out products. At this campground i tested the Wenzel Camp Quilts. My first impression was i loved the look. The design on the quilt is beautiful and vibrant. The feel is that of a sleeping bag, it is very soft and comfortable. The reason i wanted one of these quilts is because i live in Colorado and even in the middle of summer, most camp spots will get down to the mid 40's. The quilt did not disappoint. It was very warm when sitting out side and around the fire. To really test it out, i decided to not use my sleeping bag and just use the quilt. The temp got down to 43 degrees and i woke up extremely warm. The only negative i have here is that i feel the blanket will get beat up using it outdoors a lot.