Top Tent Camping near Boulder, CO

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Best Tent Sites Near Boulder, CO (76)

    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

    1.

    Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area

    48 Reviews
    81 Photos
    1247 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 Winiger Ridge at Gross Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Winiger Ridge at Gross Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Winiger Ridge at Gross Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Winiger Ridge at Gross Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Winiger Ridge at Gross Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Winiger Ridge at Gross Reservoir

    2.

    Winiger Ridge at Gross Reservoir

    20 Reviews
    55 Photos
    1121 Saves
    Eldorado Springs, Colorado

    Camping is allowed at numbered designated campsites. No fee is charged. Practice Leave No Trace Principles.

    Camping is limited to 14 days in one location. After 14 days, your camp must be moved at least three miles away.

    Maximum stay is 28 days within a 60-day period. After 28 days, all property and people must leave the Roosevelt National Forest.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    Camper-submitted photo from Dream Canyon Campsites - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Dream Canyon Campsites - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Dream Canyon Campsites - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Dream Canyon Campsites - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Dream Canyon Campsites - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Dream Canyon Campsites - Dispersed Camping

    3.

    Dream Canyon Campsites - Dispersed Camping

    17 Reviews
    22 Photos
    1076 Saves
    Nederland, Colorado

    NOTE: Campers who build any fires face fines up to $5,000 and/or up to six months imprisonment for open fire violations.

    Leave No Trace must be observed, as in any outdoor space.

    In any season this area is prone to very strong dry winds that can pick up a hot coal from a campfire that has lain dormant for as much as three days and ignite dry vegetation, causing horrific devastation. People from outside Colorado may not understand how tinder dry this area can be. 197 homes in this area have been destroyed by wildfires. All of these fires were started by humans.

    Local residents overlook this area and if they see visible flame or smoke they will call the Boulder County sheriff. Any campers who require a campfire are recommended to disperse camp near Sugarloaf Mountain where fires are permitted.

    • Pets
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Allenspark Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Allenspark Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Allenspark Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Allenspark Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Allenspark Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Allenspark Dispersed Camping

    4.

    Allenspark Dispersed Camping

    16 Reviews
    17 Photos
    726 Saves
    Allenspark, Colorado

    With a few exceptions, dispersed camping is allowed on National Forest System lands. Restrictions protect resources, minimize road damage, and reduce conflicts between landowners and visitors. Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days in one location. After 14 days, the campsite must be moved a minimum of three miles. Camping can then continue for another 14 days. Camping is restricted to 28 days in any 60-day period. Some areas may require the use of designated campsites, and some areas, such as Indian Peaks Wilderness, require camping permits. More than 40% of lands within Boulder Ranger District's boundaries are private property. It is your responsibility to know if you are on private or public land.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Longs Peak Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Longs Peak Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Longs Peak Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Longs Peak Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Longs Peak Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Longs Peak Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    5.

    Longs Peak Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    13 Reviews
    29 Photos
    509 Saves
    Allenspark, Colorado

    Longs Peak Campground is open for the 2024 summer season. Located about 20 minutes south of Estes Park on Hwy 7. This small, tents-only campground is located in a forested area that is 9,500 feet above sea level (3000 m). This campground has vault toilets and there is no water available. Campers must bring their own drinking water when camping at Longs Peak Campground.

    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Trash
    • Toilets
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Brainard Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Brainard Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Brainard Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Brainard Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Brainard Lake Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Brainard Lake Recreation Area

    6.

    Brainard Lake Recreation Area

    8 Reviews
    53 Photos
    476 Saves
    Ward, Colorado

    The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is the most popular destination on the Boulder Ranger District. Because of the area's high elevation, the best time to visit is after the snow melts in July and August. For road status, check the Road Status Table. PLEASE NOTE: Visitors that hike trails leading west from the Long Lake or Mitchell Lake Trailheads are responsible for following all Indian Peaks Wilderness permit requirements and regulations including group size, camping and campfire restrictions. Late June through mid-October (summer operating season): Summer Season Map Motor vehicle access is available 24 hours a day To protect muddy and snowpacked trails, the Long Lake and Mitchell Lake Trailhead parking areas do not open typically until late June A fee applies. A self-service fee station is located beyond the entry booth Expect 1-2 hour traffic delays on weekends (there is no bypass route for campers with reservations) Camping is allowed at Pawnee Campground (open July through early September). Check summer trail conditions before your visit See "Restrictions" below for additional regulations Mid-October through late June (winter season): Winter Season Map The gate is closed and the area free of charge for winter recreationists Park at the Brainard Gateway Trailhead Between November 15 and April 30, dogs are only allowed on the Brainard Lake and Lefthand Park Reservoir Roads Check winter trail conditions before your visit See "Restrictions" below for additional regulations Recreational shooting closures exist year round in this area. Hunting is allowed in accordance with regulations set by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Moose are present in the area. Be considerate of all wildlife. Approaching closely can be threatening to the wildlife and their reactions are dangerously unpredictable.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Chinns Lake Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Chinns Lake Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Chinns Lake Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Chinns Lake Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Chinns Lake Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Chinns Lake Dispersed Camping

    7.

    Chinns Lake Dispersed Camping

    14 Reviews
    54 Photos
    1080 Saves
    Empire, Colorado

    Welcome to Chinns Lake Dispersed Camping in Colorado! This spot is a gem for those who love a bit of adventure and don't mind roughing it. Nestled near Idaho Springs, this area offers some of the most stunning lakefront views you'll find in the state.

    Getting here is half the fun—if you enjoy a good off-road challenge. The road up is rocky and narrow, so a high-clearance 4x4 vehicle is a must. Trust me, you don't want to attempt this in a regular car. Once you make it up, you'll find plenty of dispersed campsites around the lake, each offering a peaceful retreat with plenty of space between you and your neighbors.

    One of the highlights here is the sheer beauty of the surroundings. The lake is perfect for paddleboarding, fishing, or just soaking in the views. Hiking trails around the area offer a chance to explore the rugged landscape and maybe even spot some wildlife. Just be prepared for the cold nights, especially if you're camping in the fall—temperatures can drop into the 30s.

    Keep in mind, this is a no-frills camping experience. There are no toilets, no drinking water, and no trash services, so you'll need to pack in and pack out everything. Fires aren't allowed, but many sites have rock fire rings for when restrictions are lifted. Cell service is spotty at best, so it's a great place to truly disconnect.

    If you're looking for a quiet, scenic getaway with a bit of a challenge to get there, Chinns Lake is the place for you. Just make sure you're well-prepared, and you'll have an unforgettable experience.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Fall River Reservoir Dispersed Camping Trail
    Camper-submitted photo from Fall River Reservoir Dispersed Camping Trail
    Camper-submitted photo from Fall River Reservoir Dispersed Camping Trail
    Camper-submitted photo from Fall River Reservoir Dispersed Camping Trail
    Camper-submitted photo from Fall River Reservoir Dispersed Camping Trail
    Camper-submitted photo from Fall River Reservoir Dispersed Camping Trail

    8.

    Fall River Reservoir Dispersed Camping Trail

    13 Reviews
    54 Photos
    844 Saves
    Empire, Colorado

    Dispersed Camping information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd577265.pdf

    With a few exceptions, dispersed camping is allowed on national forest public lands. Camping in the national forest at one location is limited to 14 consecutive days. The campsite must then be moved a minimum of three miles. Camping can then continue for an additional 14 days. Camping is restricted to a maximum of 28 days in any 60-day period.

    More than 40% of lands within the Arapaho National Forest boundary are private or otherwise owned. A map showing land ownership is recommended. It is YOUR responsibility to know if you are on private, city, county, state, national park or national forest land.

    Pack out all trash. There are no services.

    Practice Leave No Trace ethics

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Hermit Open Space County Park Hermits Hollow
    Camper-submitted photo from Hermit Open Space County Park Hermits Hollow
    Camper-submitted photo from Hermit Open Space County Park Hermits Hollow
    Camper-submitted photo from Hermit Open Space County Park Hermits Hollow
    Camper-submitted photo from Hermit Open Space County Park Hermits Hollow
    Camper-submitted photo from Hermit Open Space County Park Hermits Hollow
    Camper-submitted photo from Aspen Meadows Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Aspen Meadows Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Aspen Meadows Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Aspen Meadows Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Aspen Meadows Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
    Camper-submitted photo from Aspen Meadows Campground — Golden Gate Canyon
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