Campground
Whitney L.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2021

decent free camping near Boulder

All in all its a decent* place near Boulder to camp for free and is mostly easy to get to. There are 15 spots that, when we arrived on pre-Labor day Friday afternoon, were almost all taken, no surprise. We saw 1 spot available - site 12 I believe - that we could have taken but decided to kept going further to see what our other, more secluded options might be … The sites of the actual campground were far enough apart for visual privacy, but close enough not to offer audible privacy. We noticed~ 4 or 5 of the 15 spots had tents but no other sign of use like they might be abandoned ?!? (we wondered if these were 'placeholder' tents to guarantee someones spot if they leave and come back weeks/months later... edit: external article postulates that due to GG's proximity to Boulder, it has become inundated with abandoned drug camps littered by hypodermic needles. yikes). We ended up getting a dispersed site outside the confines of the campground, and as others have noted - the road isn't as well maintained beyond the campground borders and not super conducive for low clearance vehicles. Lots of off road vehicles use the trails in/near Gordon Gulch but were still respectful of our space. We only stayed one night, but the view in the morning of the sunrise was gorgeous. Our spot was East of the intersection of 233.1 and 228.1B roads. There were several other folks camping dispersed through the woods… few were loud (one had a chainsaw) but most were very respectful and quiet. Bear country. Bring your own firewood.

  • September 4, 2021 at 5:51:23 AM, Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pawnee National Grassland, Boulder, Eastern Rockies Corridor, US
  • Five miles north of Nederland, National Forest System Road (NFSR) 226, commonly known as Gordon Gulch, turns east off of Colorado Highway 72. NFSR 226 intersects other forest roads: NFSR 314, 228, 233 and their off-shoots. There are 15 numbered, designated campsites scattered along the road system within 1.5 miles east of Highway 72. Camping is permitted in designated sites only. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recarea/?recid=28272
  • Drive to Gordon Gulch through Boulder Canyon was gorgeous through ‎⁨Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pawnee National Grassland⁩, ⁨Nederland⁩, ⁨Eastern Rockies Corridor⁩, ⁨United States⁩
  • Drive to Gordon Gulch through Boulder Canyon was gorgeous through ‎⁨Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pawnee National Grassland⁩, ⁨Nederland⁩, ⁨Eastern Rockies Corridor⁩, ⁨United States⁩
  • September 5, 2021 rising sun in the ‎⁨Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pawnee National Grassland⁩, ⁨Nederland⁩, ⁨Eastern Rockies Corridor⁩, ⁨United States⁩
  • view from the top