Places to Camp near Boulder, CO

Nestled between the Rocky Mountains and Flatirons are some of the best camping locations near Boulder, CO. You can explore the trails along the craggy Flatirons and even try a little rock climbing. The Colorado Rockies are an impressive sight and camping in the mountains is the ideal experience for adventurers and nature-lovers. Camping areas near the mountains include horse and RV campgrounds, complete with barns and vehicle hookups. Pitch a tent in Lefthand Canyon and wake up to stunning mountain views. Visit a hobby farm that also offers all of the amenities or choose a campsite closer to the ski trails or the reservoir to spend the day swimming and kayaking.

Best Camping Sites Near Boulder, CO (323)

    Camper-submitted photo from Deer Creek Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Deer Creek Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Deer Creek Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Deer Creek Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Deer Creek Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Deer Creek Campground — Golden Gate Canyon

    1.

    Deer Creek Campground — Golden Gate Canyon

    48 Reviews
    105 Photos
    872 Saves
    Eldorado Springs, Colorado

    Golden Gate Canyon State Park offers multiple campgrounds, cabins, yurts, RV sites, group sites, and a guest house.

    From Memorial Day to early October, there are 132 campsites in two campgrounds: Reverend’s Ridge and Aspen Meadow.

    Reverend’s Ridge offers 38 tent sites and 59 sites with electrical hook-ups. Facilities at Reverend’s Ridge include flush toilets, shower, ice machine, laundry facilities, and a dump station.

    Aspen Meadow offers 35 tent sites and vault toilets.

    As of January 1, 2019 both campgrounds will be Reservation Only.

    Golden Gate also offers 20 backcountry tent sites and four backcountry shelters. Our backcountry sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis year-round. Please register for backcountry sites at the Visitor Center.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $18 - $90 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

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    Moraine Park Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    88 Reviews
    280 Photos
    813 Saves
    Estes Park, Colorado

    Overview

    The Moraine Park Campground and Headquarters East Utility Project is underway. Moraine Park Campground is expected to remain closed this summer/fall season due to construction delays. __ Accessed via Bear Lake Road, Moraine Park Campground is situated on the north side of Moraine Park, offering beautiful views of the vast park and the surrounding mountain peaks.

    Recreation

    Rocky Mountain National Park has 355 miles (570 km) of hiking trails that range from flat lakeside strolls to steep mountain peak climbs. Visitors enjoy the park's various lake trails (Bear Lake, Cub Lake, Mills Lake), waterfall trails (Adams Falls, Alberta Falls, Ouzel Falls) and summit trails (Deer Mountain, Twin Sisters Peaks, Flattop Mountain). The park also offers some unforgettable scenic driving routes, including Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road. Trail Ridge Road reaches 12,183 feet (3700 m) above sea level and is America's highest continuous highway. It climbs above the park's evergreen forests to its windswept alpine tundra, where visitors enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Driving along the historic Old Fall River Road is like motoring through an earlier era. Constructed in 1920, this steep, one-way, uphill, gravel road punctuated by switchbacks quietly leads travelers from Horseshoe Park through the park's wilderness to Fall River Pass, 11,796 feet (3595 m) above sea level. Several visitor centers are within the park, offering ranger-led activities, education and history about the park, and seasonal nighttime programs.

    Facilities

    Rocky Mountain National Park has 355 miles (570 km) of hiking trails that range from flat lakeside strolls to steep mountain peak climbs. Visitors enjoy the park's various lake trails (Bear Lake, Cub Lake, Mills Lake), waterfall trails (Adams Falls, Alberta Falls, Ouzel Falls) and summit trails (Deer Mountain, Twin Sisters Peaks, Flattop Mountain). The park also offers some unforgettable scenic driving routes, including Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road. Trail Ridge Road reaches 12,183 feet (3700 m) above sea level and is America's highest continuous highway. It climbs above the park's evergreen forests to its windswept alpine tundra, where visitors enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Driving along the historic Old Fall River Road is like motoring through an earlier era. Constructed in 1920, this steep, one-way, uphill, gravel road punctuated by switchbacks quietly leads travelers from Horseshoe Park through the park's wilderness to Fall River Pass, 11,796 feet (3595 m) above sea level. Several visitor centers are within the park, offering ranger-led activities, education and history about the park, and seasonal nighttime programs.

    Natural Features

    A pleasant mix of Douglas fir, lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine and the occasional Engelmann spruce forests the campground, offering partial shade in this open area. Grasses, shrubs and seasonal wildflowers fill the open meadows. Wildlife is plentiful in the park; mule deer and the majestic Rocky Mountain elk are the most commonly seen. Black bear, coyote, bighorn sheep and moose inhabit the region as well, but can be harder to stumble upon.

    Nearby Attractions

    The town of Estes Park lies just outside the park's main east entrances, and is a short drive from Moraine Park Campground. Dining, shopping, rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding and golfing opportunities await. Lake Estes offers boating, sailboarding and fishing.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Please refer to Rules and Reservation Policies for information on changes and/or cancellations.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $60 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area

    3.

    Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area

    45 Reviews
    81 Photos
    1194 Saves
    Nederland, Colorado

    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. Take care when driving in this area. Snow and mud can persist through most of the year. The free Boulder Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Map displays National Forest System (NFS) routes open to motorized travel and is available online and at the Boulder Ranger District offfice.

    Streams; treat water for drinking.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Reverend's Ridge Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Reverend's Ridge Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Reverend's Ridge Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Reverend's Ridge Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Reverend's Ridge Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Reverend's Ridge Campground — Golden Gate Canyon

    4.

    Reverend's Ridge Campground — Golden Gate Canyon

    29 Reviews
    88 Photos
    633 Saves
    Rollinsville, Colorado

    Reverend's Ridge Campground in Golden Gate Canyon State Park is a solid choice if you're looking to camp near Black Hawk, Colorado. This place has a bit of everything: tent sites, RV spots, cabins, and even yurts. It's open all year, so you can enjoy it in any season.

    The campground is pretty organized and tidy, with amenities like electric hookups, drinking water, and hot showers. There's also a central spot for trash and recycling, which keeps things clean. Some loops have flush toilets and free showers, while others might have vault toilets, so check your map before booking.

    One of the standout features is the scenery. You're surrounded by trees, and there's plenty of shade and coverage between sites. Some visitors have even spotted wildlife like moose. The trails around here are well-marked and great for hiking and mountain biking. If you're into fishing, there are a few ponds nearby.

    Cell service can be hit or miss, but T-Mobile users have reported good coverage in certain areas. The campground is close to a road, so you might hear some noise, but it's generally quiet at night.

    If you're planning to tent, loops H and I are recommended for a bit more privacy. For RVs, loops E and B are popular choices. The volunteer staff is friendly and helpful, and there are in-season camp programs to keep you entertained.

    Overall, Reverend's Ridge offers a comfortable and scenic camping experience with plenty of amenities to make your stay enjoyable.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    5.

    Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    50 Reviews
    181 Photos
    666 Saves
    Estes Park, Colorado

    Overview

    Glacier Basin Campground (8,500 feet) is located inside Rocky Mountain National Park, along the Bear Lake Road Corridor. The entrance to Glacier Basin Campground is approximately 5.2 miles up Bear Lake Road and across the street from the Park & Ride Parking Area.____ There are 150 campsites available by reservation only. There are no first come - first served campsites available at Glacier Basin. Any sites that are open are listed as "A" for available. Any campsite listed as ___NR___ has Not Yet Released; this means that those campsites are not yet available to be reserved. A number of campsites are available to be reserved up to 6-months in advance on a rolling window. ____ Some campsites are available to be reserved 2-weeks prior to your desired camping date.__ Some campsites are available to be reserved 1-week prior to your desired camping date. Group campsites are available to be reserved 1-year in advance on a rolling window.__

    Recreation

    Rocky Mountain National Park has over 350 miles of hiking trails that range from flat lakeside strolls to steep mountain climbs. One of the most popular activities in the park is wildlife viewing. There are excellent wildlife viewing opportunities to see elk, Mule deer, Bighorn sheep, hawks, a wide range of songbirds and more throughout the park. Rocky Mountain National Park offers some unforgettable scenic views along of the land above trees, over 1/3 of the park is alpine tundra. Enjoy incredible scenic drives along Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road.

    Facilities

    Rocky Mountain National Park has over 350 miles of hiking trails that range from flat lakeside strolls to steep mountain climbs. One of the most popular activities in the park is wildlife viewing. There are excellent wildlife viewing opportunities to see elk, Mule deer, Bighorn sheep, hawks, a wide range of songbirds and more throughout the park. Rocky Mountain National Park offers some unforgettable scenic views along of the land above trees, over 1/3 of the park is alpine tundra. Enjoy incredible scenic drives along Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road.

    Natural Features

    A pleasant mix of Douglas fir, Lodgepole pine, Ponderosa pine and the occasional Engelmann spruce forests the campground, offering equal amounts of sun and shade. Grasses, shrubs and seasonal wildflowers fill the open meadows. Wildlife is plentiful in the park, and while mule deer and the majestic Rocky Mountain elk are the most commonly seen, black bear, coyote, bighorn sheep and moose inhabit the region as well.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Town of Estes Park is a short drive from the campground, located outside of RMNP___s Beaver Meadows and Fall River Entrances. Dining, shopping, rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding, and golfing opportunities await. Lake Estes offers boating, sailboarding, and fishing.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $70 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Chatfield State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Chatfield State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Chatfield State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Chatfield State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Chatfield State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Chatfield State Park Campground

    6.

    Chatfield State Park Campground

    73 Reviews
    132 Photos
    643 Saves
    Littleton, Colorado

    Located just south of Littleton, about 45 minutes south of Denver, Chatfield State Park is a 5,800-acre nature preserve and recreation area situated around the Chatfield Reservoir. Before the 1960s, there was no reservoir, and the South Platte River flowed freely through the wide valley. But after several disastrous flooding incidents, the Chatfield Dam was constructed on the river to prevent further damage to local homes and farms. The land around the new reservoir was developed into a recreation area, and the state park was opened to the public in 1975. The dam and park are named for Isaac W. Chatfield, who served as a Lieutenant of the Union in the Civil War. After the war, he migrated west and farmed this land along the Platte until the late 1800s. With its proximity to the wider Denver metro area and suburbs, Chatfield State Park is the place to go to get outdoors and beat the summer heat. Campers at Chatfield State Park have access to nearly 200 tent and RV campsites in four loops. The majority of sites are equipped with full hookups, with the rest having electrical hookups. Parking pads are both back-in and pull-through, and can accommodate vehicles/trailers up to 45 feet. Some sites are ADA accessible. All campsites have picnic tables, cooking grills and tent pads, and have access to drinking water, flush toilets, hot showers, and laundry facilities; a dump station is located near the campground entrance. There is also a group camp area with 10 sites that can accommodate up to 36 people each. Most sites are open and grassy, with minimal shade; all are within a short walking distance to the reservoir. Park residents include deer, elk, foxes, prairie dogs, songbirds, eagles, owls, snakes and salamanders. For water fun, there’s swimming, paddling, water-skiing, and fishing on the reservoir. Boaters have access to two launch ramps, and anglers can fish on the lake or from the fishing piers for walleye, rainbow trout, bass, perch and sunfish. During the winter season, trails are open for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and ice fishing is a popular pastime.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $36 - $41 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Ridge RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Ridge RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Ridge RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Ridge RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Ridge RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakota Ridge RV Park

    7.

    Dakota Ridge RV Park

    35 Reviews
    78 Photos
    106 Saves
    Golden, Colorado

    Situated between the mountains of Summit County and the bustling excitement of Denver. 141 full-service and premium sites available year round are level and paved. Pull-through and back-in sites are both available.

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake
    Camper-submitted photo from Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake

    8.

    Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake

    42 Reviews
    134 Photos
    395 Saves
    Estes Park, Colorado

    This campground with 89 RV sites and 28 tent sites is the perfect destination for all types of camping enthusiasts from retired big riggers to families who enjoy the simple comforts of tent camping.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 - $55 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground at Estes Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground at Estes Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground at Estes Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground at Estes Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground at Estes Park
    Camper-submitted photo from East Portal Campground at Estes Park

    9.

    East Portal Campground at Estes Park

    39 Reviews
    147 Photos
    646 Saves
    Estes Park, Colorado

    So close, yet feels so far away from the hustle and bustle of Estes Park. This very popular campground is located at an elevation of 8,300 feet at the end of a beautiful road just west of town. There are wonderful views of the snow covered peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park and access to the East Portal Reservoir which has ample opportunities for fishing. This double loop campground offers shady sites suitable for tenters and campers with small RVs and trailers shorter than 22 feet in length. It is especially well-suited for families and outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore nearby nature and trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. Sites at this campground open up to views of Rocky Mountain National Park and starry nighttime skies. A mature blend of ponderosa and lodgepole pines interspersed with groves of aspens makes it a wonderful home away from home. It is an ideal setting for guests seeking recreation and relaxation. The camping season runs from mid-May to late September.

    The Estes Park Campground at East Portal has 66 sites suitable for tents and small trailers and RVs. There is a maximum length of 22 feet for RVs. All sites are equipped with picnic tables and campfire rings, some with ADA accessibility. Guests also have access to drinking water, flush toilets, hot showers, water & electric hookups, dump station, firewood and ice sales, and a playground for the kids. Cell phone service is spotty and there is no wi-fi, so please plan accordingly.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $35 - $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Beaver Park Reservoir - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Beaver Park Reservoir - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Beaver Park Reservoir - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Beaver Park Reservoir - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Beaver Park Reservoir - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Beaver Park Reservoir - Dispersed

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    Beaver Park Reservoir - Dispersed

    23 Reviews
    80 Photos
    1515 Saves
    Ward, Colorado

    Welcome to Beaver Park Reservoir - Dispersed, a hidden gem in Colorado. This spot is perfect if you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy some peace and quiet. The area offers stunning views of the mountains and the reservoir, making it a picturesque place to set up camp.

    There are about ten designated sites scattered around, so you have some options to choose from. The drive in is pretty straightforward, even if you're not in a rugged vehicle. One camper mentioned they managed just fine in a Honda Civic. However, be prepared for some wind, especially at night. It can get pretty gusty, so maybe pick a spot a bit further from the reservoir if you want a more peaceful sleep.

    One of the best things about this place is that it's free to camp here. You can have a campfire, and pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. Just remember, there are no amenities like toilets, showers, or drinking water, so come prepared. Pack out what you pack in, as there's no trash service either.

    For those who love hiking, there are some great trails nearby. And if you're into wildlife, keep an eye out—you might spot a moose or two. Just a heads up, there's no cell service, so make sure to check the weather before you head out and let someone know your plans.

    Overall, Beaver Park Reservoir - Dispersed offers a beautiful, rustic camping experience. It's a fantastic spot to disconnect and soak in the natural beauty of Colorado. Enjoy your stay!

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    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Dispersed
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Boulder, CO?

According to TheDyrt.com, Boulder, CO offers a wide range of camping options, with 323 campgrounds and RV parks near Boulder, CO and 87 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Boulder, CO?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Boulder, CO is Deer Creek Campground — Golden Gate Canyon with a 4.6-star rating from 48 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Boulder, CO?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 87 free dispersed camping spots near Boulder, CO.

What parks are near Boulder, CO?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 9 parks near Boulder, CO that allow camping, notably Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland and Rocky Mountain National Park.