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Maiden Voyage

We took our maiden voyage here (just in case things went sour) had a great time. Friendly neighborhood of easy to pull through camp sites. Great facilities (including the dump station), close enough to town for a quick adventures and a nice playground for the kids.

Great spot just north of Nederland, CO

Found this spot just exploring the area. Was actually headed down to the Rainbow Lakes campground but the campground was closed at the time. It is a nice little pull-off spot with plenty of room to park and several camp spots down in this area. A fire ring was present and with no fire bans in place we were able to get a good fire going. Plenty of dead trees around for firewood. This spot has a nice stream by it as well providing a pleasant white noise for sleeping.

Great trail campsite with a creek

Saw this trail-side camp site while out Jeeping in the mountains near Breckenridge, CO. Nice pull-in site with a fire ring available and plenty of firewood that you can cut up around. The area was in a fire ban at the time so we were not able to start a fire. Had a nice sound of the creek rushing along beside us. Arrived at camp a little late that night (was already dark) and had no traffic around during our whole stay. There are lots of similar sites along the trail.

Beautiful in white!

My wife and I took our inaugural trip in our small camper to Pinewood Reservoir last weekend during the front range's first snowfall for 2019.  We had just bought our camper and weren't about to let a little snow stop us from trying things out.  We drove up on Thursday and the roads, despite some steep climbs and winding curves, was in great shape.  

We found the campground empty, and already white with the snowfall.  We had a reserved a spot and claimed it.  Several other sites appeared to be reserved, but with the weather, we had the place all to ourselves.  Heaven, with just a taste of lonely.  Even with the snow and us being novices we set up without a hitch and were soon enjoying the magical panorama of the lake below us and the hills and mountain tops around us.

By Friday the weather had cleared and the Colorado blue skies had returned.  While it was still chilly a few other campers arrived, including a number of Boy Scouts trying to hone their cold weather tenting skills.  By our Saturday departure, the camp ground was filling up and we enjoyed meeting some nice neighbors.  

All in all the place was perfect.  the water access was off due to the seasons cold, but the place was clean, the restrooms were open, and the electricity was on.  A great place for late season, and I am sure it is busy but spectacular during the summer.

Close to Denver, but great retreat

We stay at Kelly Dahl when we get to Denver.  Favorite campground for us and our niece and her husband.  

WIFI…non-existent and phone coverage (Verizon) is very sketchy.

Did not see any staff during our two days there….except to tell us that the campground closed for season on the following day.  (We knew this.)

No showers.

Vault Toilets only…Very clean.

Sites are not always great, and some of the larger campers are going to have problems with size, and level-ness of pads.  I think that they are all dirt pads.

Lots of good space in the campground.  

A shame that the beetles have done so much devestation in the area.

In a pinch

September 28th, 2019 Just roaming around and decided to revisit Poudre Canyon when I found most of the NFS campgrounds closed… Taking my chances I continued up the canyon until I found this place. The owner was closing up for the season but showed me the tent pads. The view from the east tent area faces down the canyon and is nice. They have trailers and pop ups to stay in if anyone wants more comfortable accommodations. This place has showers and toilets… there’s a convenience store across the street. This was the only spot where my cell phone worked in the canyon. Nice location. Nice owner. Nice view. 3 stars!

Fantastic

Great campground! Wonderful view of the surrounding mountains, quiet, clean, staff was friendly. They had wood and ice for sale. Conveniently located across the road from Rocky Mountain National Park shuttle that takes you to the major trailheads as well as Estes Park.

Huge park, tons of activities, beautiful.

This is a wonderful campground on Michigan Reservoir. It’s busy for sure, but never in a way that deters me from visiting. There are cabins to rent, which are fun too. Fishing, hiking, off-roading, kayaking or canoeing, or simply sightseeing - there are big mountain vistas to enjoy. There’s a ton of beetle kill in the area, so that hurts the views a bit, but that’s pretty typical in this area.

Super chill

Really calm vibe here. Me and my girlfriend stayed here for 3 nights while the camp Was completely full. The amount of space they give each camper spot is more than plenty. Lovely clean facilities. Very well taken care of camping ground. Tons of trails and other activities to do here. I throughly enjoyed all the things about this place. I will come back and stay again if I am in the area. Perfect place to camp if you are going to a red rocks show. It’s only a 10 min drive away.

Super clean showers!

Absolutely perfect for us! We have a pop-up and we loved the campsite. Super clean, lovely area, and not crowded. We will camp there again

👇👇 Wrong location review

Previous review is not for this property. Royal Gorge is in Cañon City.

Needs some help

Stayed here a week.Bathroom was dirty. Toiletpapet always on the floor. Toilet seat needs to be repaired in men’s bathroom. Also toilet paper in different places of campground from campers. It is not worth the $19.

Nice surprise

Couldn’t find a vacant RV park or campground north of Denver on a Friday night. Getting dark and Walmart was looking like the only option. Then we found this! Clean, a little cramped but nice showers and bathrooms. Beautiful flowers on perimeter. Full hookups $25 or $15 for none. Pleasant surprise and on way to Estes Park.

Beautiful

Beautiful lake. Very peaceful. Campground host was wonderful. Campground is clean. The Free Birds- #livefree www.livefreebirds.com IG: thefreebirdsrv

Hidden Gem

Small campground by creek. Lots of room between sites. Very pretty location. -The Free Birds RV- https://livefreebirds.com IG: thefreebirdsrv

Well Used RV Park

Right outside of Grand Lake, this RV park is a good place to park. With showers, electrical/water hookups, dump station, and an on-site store, it’s well supported. $32/night and there are limited tent-only sites and cabins available.

Each plot includes a grated fire ring and picnic table. Some have grassy areas (request a group spot if you want this) and some are just dirt. Moose are frequent in the area.

The owner mentioned they close at the beginning of October. They are responsive via phone.

Red Rocks

My oldest daughter (27) and I went on our first trip without my husband along. We stayed at Indian Paintbrush Campground in Bear Creek Park in Lakewood, CO right next to Red Rocks Amphitheater. We went to a concert (Old Dominion) and it was a perfect set up. Lyft picked us up and dropped us off from our site. We could not have been closer. There were coyotes, owls, and rabbits in the huge urban park. Highly recommend this spot for concerts at one of the best venues ever.

Beautiful and clean

We had a great stay at Prospector Campground. Host was very nice, bathrooms were extremely clean, and the site is beautiful! We will be back!

Happy to find this spot

Great location, was able to reserve a spot the day we needed it with no issues. The park was nice and clean.

Close to RMNP

Close to town and RMNP. Beautiful views. Elk in the area. Clean showers/bathrooms, though have to pay for showers. Propane fill on site. Small store. Have stayed there twice.

Site 18 of Dispersed Camping Sites

We rolled up to West Magnolia TH on 9/7/19. All sites were filled, however, we managed to find someone packing up at Site 18 and waited for about 20 mins for them to clear out before taking over this site. The site was good at first glance, however, being on the edge of the mountain biking trail we had numerous people literally roll through our campsite as they were seeking other parts of their trail experience. Kind of frustrating as we felt the campsite was clearly labeled but that didn't matter to most people. 

If traveling here I would recommend getting here early to procure a better site…avoid #18 if you can. The area has many great mountain biking trails and very few hiking trails. Nice views though with many nice Aspen groves.

Great camping site

Beautiful spot to rest before a long day of hiking. My dogs and I loved our stay

Beautiful KOA

Campground is located above Central City with great views. Amenities include full hookup sites both pull through and back-in. Store with everything a camper would need. Clean restrooms and showers. Playground and dog friendly. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay here again.

Nice.

Beautiful area, clean sites, water, clean bathrooms but no showers. No bodies of water here. We enjoyed our stay with the exception of late night guns going off. (After 10 pm and later). My dog and teen did not appreciate it.

Awesome Campground!

Very nice campground and clean facilities (note: you must pay to shower)! Woke up to elk outside of the tent! Such a cool experience. The campsite is close to town, which is very nice too!

Lots of spots

There are quite a few dispersed spots here that have great views - some sit right next to the creek and most have fire pits already in them. There are both drive in and hike in spots. It’s a beautiful area only 5 min from the town. The negatives are: heavily trafficked road and camp sites are nearby road so not overly peaceful. It’s busy on the weekends and fills up fast. Lots of shooting.

Beautiful location!

Basic restrooms and facilities but the views make this place 10 stars! At night there were elk everywhere.

Sparse, crowded hard-to-get-to camping

Note: This campground is only accessible via 4x4 vehicles. Do not attempt in your sedan or lower SUV.

Bigger note: The map to this campground is wrong. Follow the directions, not the map.

The camping sites are sparsely shaded and well used- we found a lot of trash at our site. Each campsite is equipped with a fire pit, picnic table, and room for 2-3 tents. There is no water, trash, or toilets.

We got there around 9pm on a Friday (not the brightest idea) and could not find any open spots, off the road or in the campground. We camped in a field behind the parking lot for the night, and were told in the morning by a (very nice!) ranger that camping anywhere but the designated spots carries a minimum $300 fine, so we moved to a newly vacated spot. If you are going to camp at an undesignated spot, be sure to leave by 8am or earlier so as to not get yourself fined.

There are only 6 camping spots easily accessible from the parking area, along with ~4 more down by the water (about a 1/2 mile walk), and ~6 along the road. These all fill up quickly after 5pm thanks to their closeness to Boulder.

The recreation at Gross Reservoir, accessible via beach about ~1/2 mile walking from the parking lot, is delightful. You do not need a boat permit - just a life jacket on board (1 for each person). No swimming is allowed in the reservoir and there is often a ranger on the lake ensuring everyone is following that rule.

Pro Tips:

If you are late to the campsite and absolutely need to find somewhere to camp (do not start a fire, even in "rocked-in pits" that have been used before), try:

  1. West of campsite 24 (there's a ridge with 2 primitive campsites or the field)

  2. North of campsite 24 (there's a field)

  3. Between campsite 24 & 25 (there's a field)

  4. Just South of the south parking fence (there's a field)

Here there be campsites (dispersed)

Trying to find a campsite at 8pm on a summer Friday night? When you've exhausted all of your options around Winter Park and Grandby, come here. Here there be campsites.

Dispersed camping at its finest, drive down a dirt road for ~1 mile and look for open pull-off spots. Some sites are easily visible from the road, while some are hidden down a slope about 700 feet. Each "site" is designated by a rocked fire pit and many have room for groups of 4 or more tents. Bring bug spray to combat the mosquitoes, and your own (dry) wood, as it rains at 2pm here almost every summer day. Plenty of trees for hammocking and shade. Animals are active in the area, so keep food in your car and sleep with protection (I chose bear spray).

Be courteous to others using this road for recreation - Vasquez Ridge intersects with a few mountain bike trails and serves as a popular walk for the active seniors in the area. Closest grocery store is the Safeway in Winter Park (which closes at 11pm).

Nice spot in Estes Park

Super friendly staff, clean, short drive to downtown Estes Park. Spaces are VERY close to each other. Kids loved mini golf and the pool. I appreciated the pull through-site and proximity to activities. If you want to feel “remote,” maybe look at one of the other campgrounds in Rocky Mountain National Park or other sites nearby. This campground is convenient, clean, and well-maintained but very crowded.