As most of the middle portions of this 9 mile trail are relatively flat, there are many good backcountry camping opportunities in this area. Some are in the pine and spruce forests and others are in the aspens. The best are in the open meadows around the south side of Captain Mountain. A short scramble to the top affords great views west to Mt. Goliath, north along the Chief Mountain ridge, and back south to the Bear Creek Basin. An amazing variety of wildflowers abounds throughout the trail. Water sources are easiest on the northern portion of the trail.
We wanted to check out the Dillon/Breckenridge area, but we didn’t have a reservation. We thought we would go to another campground first, but it was pretty full so we drove around the lake to Lowry and are so glad we did! We really enjoyed our time here. We initially only paid for one night, but we kept extending it since we liked it so much! The views are incredible and there is a bike path around the lake that we made great use of. You can only go one way around the lake in an RV so make sure to check on that! The views are incredible here and the camp host was super friendly. The sites are electric only. They have vault toilets available for use as well. We had a great time here and would definitely go back if we are in the area again!
This is yet another super popular campground in the Denver area. We got super lucky and scooped up a last-minute cancellation. There are tent sites as well as RV sites with water/electric. There is a bike path as well as some mountain biking nearby. Downtown Golden is a super cute town and it is only about 15 minutes away. The campground isn’t very big or scenic, but the location is great! The showers here are coin operated and the bathrooms are kept really clean.
One of the best most accessible views in the county! Nice short loop with lake views in every direction! I recommend it at all times of day even at night to check out the sky!
GORGEOUS views! The trees were turning yellow in the Fall and the weather was perfect. You could see mountains all around and the roads were really great getting there. Pretty trashed though. We cleaned up as much as we could in our camp spot so please, do your part and leave the beautiful place better than you found it :)
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.
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.
Found this spot at about 7PM on a Friday night near the Breckenridge end of the Boreas Pass Trail (39.451441,-106.014294). The spot does have a fire ring but was unable to use it as a fire ban was in place at the time. Could hear some occasional traffic noise as cars were leaving the trail. Temperature got down to 16 degrees that night. Altitude is about 10,600 feet at this site.
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.)
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.
My husband and I were pleasantly surprised by how great this campsite was. The hosts were very friendly, clean bathrooms, easy to access trash, and breathtaking nature surrounding you. You can't go wrong! The dirt road to access these sites could use a repave so expect slow speeds to get there. There is also dispersed camping on both sides of the road prior to getting there. I feel that $17 a night is worth the bathroom, water, table, and trash that is included. Bring cash, payment is due within an hour of getting there. Enjoy! We really can't say enough about this place.
Jefferson Lake area is really nice but most of the camping in the area is by reservation only. We were very lucky to find this first come first served campground. Two of the sites are double sites so you could camp right next to your family/friends. There's a cool loop at the back that would be great for group camping. Not lots of shade trees(shade at front of campground) but that didn't bother us. Campground is meant for all camping types from tents to rigs as long as your rig is shorter than 25' (we found out after we had squeezed our 29' camper through the entrance). No cell coverage, very clean campground.
Lone Duck has a great deal of amenities that make it a pleasant stay. While everything is fairly tight, they use the space in a way that reduces feeling too tight. There are bushes between at least some sites, lots of family friendly activities, friendly staff, and little odds and ends extras that make this a great place to stay. We stayed in site 29A, which sits alongside a creek on one side and another site on the other. Across the small creek appears to be private property and homes. We didn't spend much time at the campground during our short stay, but we were comfortable. I was bummed I didn't make time for a few arcade games! The bathroom/showers were cleaned daily, the staff was visible and always pleasant in our interactions. While we arrived late and after the office closed (10:15pm), there was a map on the office door with our last name and our site circled. Showers and toilets were a bit cramped, but they are flush toilets and the showers do not require coins!!! The shower was luke warm, though I suspect its because I took it mid-late morning. They offer a pancake breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Overall there was a home like feeling. Its not too far out of CO Springs and close to many of the Springs local attractions, sitting at the base of Pikes Peak. We'd definitely go back if we're in the area again.
Very pretty! We camped on the last weekend of the season (Sept 27th). It was $22 a night at that time. You pay via a drop box with cash and there’s no change available. You’re definitely in bear country and they do a good job of warning you. The area is mainly populated by people coming out to ride ATVs or dirt bikes, so expect to hear them for sure. This is a small campground with only two loops. Both loops have a bathroom (hole in the ground type) with no running water. No trash cans avaliable. Each loop has about 4 campsites. First come first serve. We came out at 6 pm on a Friday night and there were about 3 spots left, which filled up quickly. If you miss the campsite, there are others up Rampart Road that would you can use as a back up (those are free). Overall I enjoyed it and would come again!
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.
Not too bad of a campground. We weren't sure if we could find a walk up campsite available so we headed up on a Wednesday in June. There are 36 sites of which 10 are FCFS (sites 29-38). We found a great spot to fit our 29' camper plus truck well.
Overall great camping trip. Bathrooms were clean, camp host was friendly and also made sure people were safe and following the rules.
Nice campground. Must buy firewood from campground host as they do not want wood brought in that might bring bugs that could turn the trees on the grounds bad.
Some running water towards back end of the campground with a short lil hike down to it. The sites are decently spaced apart and the tree coverage is nice.
Vaulted toilets, no sinks, fire rings standard as with any of the State Park camp grounds. Clean and well maintained.
The drive in to town is not far off. Enjoy!
We stayed here as a basecamp with a large group in order to hike the Decalibron loop early in the morning. It was a great spot for us to start our journey as it meant we didn't need to get up early to drive 1.5 hours to the start and we could acclimatize a little faster.
The sites were rocky but spacious enough to hold a tent or two and they were pretty spaced out to compensate for lack of trees and shrubs at high altitude for privacy.
The bathrooms get pretty rough after the morning hiking rush but James, (and his dog Indy) from the town of Alma, were there during the middle of the day to clean and refresh them so when you descended, they were ready and waiting.
The parking lot never stops, there is a constant flow of cars coming in and out at all hours. The road to get there isn't the smoothest, so I would advise you to have a high clearance car to get all the way there or plan on adding a little time to hike up the road.
There are many trails you can hike out from the camp, so it is a great spot to get away if you like a little adventure!
PS It is also right up the road from the previously named "Sweet Home Mine" where the Alma King was discovered. The mine is not still operational but there has been a new mine started above it named "Detroit City".
Beautiful campground right on 2 creeks which makes for a great soundtrack. We stayed at campsite #5 which was right on one of the creeks. Vault toilets were nice and clean. No dumpster though, which was fine. Camp hosts were very nice and we saw a bunch of wildlife. Would definitely recommend this spot.
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.
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.