Top Equestrian Camping near Howard, CO

We're here to help you find where to go horse camping in Howard. Finding a place to stay in Colorado while traveling with your horse is easy. These scenic and easy-to-reach Howard campsites are perfect for equestrian campers.

Best Equestrian Camping Sites Near Howard, CO (15)

    Camper-submitted photo from Browns Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Browns Creek
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    1.

    Browns Creek

    21 Reviews
    55 Photos
    1050 Saves
    Nathrop, Colorado

    Welcome to Browns Creek, a fantastic spot nestled in the heart of Colorado. This area is perfect for those who love a bit of adventure mixed with tranquility. Located between Poncha Springs and Buena Vista, Browns Creek offers a great escape with its scenic views and peaceful surroundings.

    One of the standout features here is the dispersed camping setup. You won't find designated sites, but that's part of the charm. You can set up your tent or park your RV in various spots, many of which offer stunning views and a good amount of privacy. Just keep in mind, there are no hookups or drinking water, so come prepared.

    Visitors have mentioned that the drive to the campground is straightforward, though you might encounter some open cattle along the way. The area is big rig friendly, and there's plenty of room for larger setups. If you're into hiking, you're in luck. The Browns Creek Trailhead is nearby, offering some beautiful trails and access to the Colorado Trail.

    Pets are welcome, and campfires are allowed, making it a great spot for a family outing. Just remember to follow any fire bans that might be in place. The vault toilets are clean, and while there are no showers or trash services, the natural beauty more than makes up for it.

    Some campers have noted the presence of bugs, so packing some bug spray might be a good idea. The nights can be magical, with clear skies perfect for stargazing and the occasional coyote chorus in the background.

    Overall, Browns Creek is a fantastic spot for those looking to get away from it all and enjoy some quality time in nature. Whether you're here for the hiking, the views, or just the peace and quiet, you're sure to have a memorable experience.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Royal Gorge-Canon City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Royal Gorge-Canon City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Royal Gorge-Canon City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Royal Gorge-Canon City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Royal Gorge-Canon City KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Royal Gorge-Canon City KOA

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    Royal Gorge-Canon City KOA

    18 Reviews
    31 Photos
    28 Saves
    Cañon City, Colorado

    Welcome to the Royal Gorge-Canon City KOA, nestled near Canon City, Colorado. This campground is a great spot for those looking to enjoy the outdoors with a touch of comfort. Open from April 15 to October 1, it offers a range of accommodations including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, and even glamping options.

    One of the standout features here is the beautiful scenery. The views are simply stunning, and there's a great walking path that's perfect for stretching your legs or taking your dog for a long stroll. If you're into hiking, you'll find plenty of trails nearby to explore.

    Families will find plenty to keep the kids entertained. There's a playground, a slide, and even mini-golf. The camp store is well-stocked with essentials, and you can even grab some pizza and wings if you don't feel like cooking. For those who need to stay connected, the campground offers electric hookups and drinking water.

    Pets are welcome, and there's a sanitary dump and sewer hookups for RVs. The bathrooms and showers are generally clean, though some visitors have noted they could use a bit of an update. Firewood is available for purchase, and you can enjoy a campfire at your site.

    The campground is conveniently located just a few miles from the Royal Gorge Bridge, making it easy to pop over for a visit. Whether you're here for a night or a week, the friendly staff and well-maintained facilities make it a pleasant place to stay. So pack up your gear and come enjoy all that Royal Gorge-Canon City KOA has to offer!

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Alvarado Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Alvarado Campground
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    Alvarado Campground

    15 Reviews
    32 Photos
    133 Saves
    Westcliffe, Colorado

    Overview

    Alvarado Campground, located at an elevation of 9,000 ft., is a prime location for accessing easy to challenging hikes in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. The variety of trails lead to high elevation lakes, picturesque waterfalls, and a number of stunning scenic overlooks. Alvarado is designed for a range of campers, with facilities for tent, RV and equestrian campers. Pike-San Isabel National Forests include over a million acres of wilderness and over half of Colorado's mountain peaks that reach above 14,000 feet.

    Recreation

    Near the campground are several trailheads that provide visitors with a variety of recreational opportunities. All trails are open for horseback riding and hiking. The Rainbow Trail is a premier ATV and motorcycle trail. The non-motorized Comanche and Venable Trails lead into the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness where waterfalls and alpine lakes may be enjoyed.

    Facilities

    Near the campground are several trailheads that provide visitors with a variety of recreational opportunities. All trails are open for horseback riding and hiking. The Rainbow Trail is a premier ATV and motorcycle trail. The non-motorized Comanche and Venable Trails lead into the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness where waterfalls and alpine lakes may be enjoyed.

    Natural Features

    Alvarado is perched on the side of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains among sweet smelling ponderosa pine, aspen, lodgepole and gambel oak trees. Some sites offer views of the Wet Mountain Valley below while others sit beside Alvarado Creek. The campground is within reach of the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, which spans 226,455 acres with 60 alpine lakes, 400 miles of streams and over 400 miles of trails to explore. Large aspen stands visible in the area today are a result of fires set in the early 1900's to clear pasture land, expose minerals and produce charcoal.

    Nearby Attractions

    Explore the Frontier Pathways Scenic and Historic Byway that takes drivers through the Wet Mountains and provides spectacular views of 22 peaks, all within the San Isabel National Forest.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Cancellations Individual Campsites: Cancellations up to 2 days before a reservation start date incur a $10.00 cancellation fee.__ A visitor who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee including tax and applicable add-on for a campsite. Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee. No-Shows A no-show visitor is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date. No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's rate, taxes and applicable add-on for a campsite.____ Refunds Visitors may submit a refund request through their Recreation.gov profile within 7 days of the end date of their reservation. Refunds will not be issued after the 7 days has ended. Refunds for debit or credit card payments will be issued as a credit to the original bank or credit card used to pay. For check or cash purchases, Recreation.gov will mail a Treasury check for refunds of cash, check, or money order payments to the address associated with the reservation. Treasury check refunds may take up to 6-8 weeks to arrive.__ In the event of an emergency closure, the Recreation.gov team or facility manager will refund all fees and will attempt to notify you using the contact information within the Recreation.gov visitor profile.

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    • Tents
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    • Equestrian

    $27 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Raspberry Gulch Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Raspberry Gulch Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Raspberry Gulch Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Raspberry Gulch Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Raspberry Gulch Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Raspberry Gulch Dispersed Site

    4.

    Raspberry Gulch Dispersed Site

    10 Reviews
    37 Photos
    350 Saves
    Nathrop, Colorado

    Don't want to camp in a developed campground? There are many places on the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands where you can pitch a tent and practice low impact camping techniques. Dispersed camping is primitive, undevleoped, frontcountry "car camping".

    Remember: when dispersed camping, no toilets, trash service, or potable water, are available. Store all food and trash securely, and pack out what you pack in. Practice Leave No Trace.

    Please observe the following requirements when dispersed camping:

    In some areas, dispersed camping and parking is allowed in designated sites only. Do not create resource damage by driving off-road, beyond designated parking locations, or behind barriers. Parking should be within 30' of site markers where posted. Developed sites, including trailheads and picnic areas, are closed to overnight camping and allow for day use activities only. Tread lightly, and avoid trampling sensitive vegetation. Locate your camp at least 100' from any water source. Use catholes to properly dispose of human and pet waste; bury waste in a cathole at least 6-8" deep and 200’ from any water source. Packing out human and pet waste using self-contained waste disposal systems is encouraged. Campfires are allowed at overnight sites as long as fire restrictions aren’t in place. You may gather small amounts of down, dead wood for a campfire. Use existing fire rings; keep your campfire small and always make sure it is completely extinguished before leaving. No campfires outside of designated overnight sites. BEARS and other wildlife When you go to the mountains and forest, you are in bear county. Do not leave ANY food, trash or other animal attractant unattended. Store all food and trash securely and pack out what you pack in. Failing to do so can result in a fine. Also be aware that; where not otherwise restricted, camping or leaving camping equipment at any location more than 14 days within a continuous 30 day period, and/or occupying any campsite within three miles of any prior camping or equipment location for a combined total of more than 28 days within any continuous 60 day period, is prohibited. Also, leaving camping equipment unattended for more than 24 hours is not allowed. In addition; discharging a firearm is prohibited within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area; or across or on a National Forest System road or a body of water, or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge. Plan your trip; phone ahead for restrictions and special regulations. Contact your local Ranger District office for more information.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Angel Of Shavano Group
    Camper-submitted photo from Angel Of Shavano Group
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    Angel Of Shavano Group

    9 Reviews
    8 Photos
    57 Saves
    Monarch, Colorado

    Overview

    This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you may be able to pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app, and the Scan and Pay feature. If this option is available, you will need to first download the free Recreation.gov mobile app https://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app prior to your arrival as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.

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    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
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    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Spillway Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Spillway Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Spillway Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Spillway Campground

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    Spillway Campground

    13 Reviews
    61 Photos
    423 Saves
    Lake George, Colorado

    Overview

    Spillway Campground is perched along the South Platte River near the base of the dam of Eleven Mile Reservoir. Adventurists and families alike will find things to do here. Birding is excellent, as is hiking. Rock climbers enjoy the solid rocky cliffs of the canyon and fly fishermen find abundant catches in the river.

    Recreation

    Hike the Overlook Trail for breathtaking views of Eleven Mile Canyon and Reservoir. Occasionally, Golden Eagles can be viewed nesting in the nearby granite cliffs and crags. Springtime brings higher chances of spotting Bald Eagles. Visitors enjoy fishing by shore or canoe. Rainbow and brown trout, kokanee salmon and pike are among the species anglers are likely to find.

    Facilities

    Hike the Overlook Trail for breathtaking views of Eleven Mile Canyon and Reservoir. Occasionally, Golden Eagles can be viewed nesting in the nearby granite cliffs and crags. Springtime brings higher chances of spotting Bald Eagles. Visitors enjoy fishing by shore or canoe. Rainbow and brown trout, kokanee salmon and pike are among the species anglers are likely to find.

    Natural Features

    The campground, at altitude 8,500 feet, is located at the edge of Eleven Mile Canyon, furthest from the canyon entrance. Some campsites are shaded by scattered spruce and ponderosa pine. Spillway is the closest campground to the Eleven Mile Reservoir, which spans 3,405 surface acres and 5 miles in length. Eleven Mile Canyon was cut by the South Platte River and is bordered by polished gray granite cliffs.

    Nearby Attractions

    Visitors enjoy the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (661) 702-1420.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Cancellations Individual Campsites: Cancellations up to 2 days before a reservation start date incur a $10.00 cancellation fee.__ A visitor who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee including tax and applicable add-on for a campsite. Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee. No-Shows A no-show visitor is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date. No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's rate, taxes and applicable add-on for a campsite.____ Refunds Visitors may submit a refund request through their Recreation.gov profile within 7 days of the end date of their reservation. Refunds will not be issued after the 7 days has ended. Refunds for debit or credit card payments will be issued as a credit to the original bank or credit card used to pay. For check or cash purchases, Recreation.gov will mail a Treasury check for refunds of cash, check, or money order payments to the address associated with the reservation. Treasury check refunds may take up to 6-8 weeks to arrive.__ In the event of an emergency closure, the Recreation.gov team or facility manager will refund all fees and will attempt to notify you using the contact information within the Recreation.gov visitor profile.

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    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian

    $22 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Cripple Creek KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Cripple Creek KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Cripple Creek KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Cripple Creek KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Cripple Creek KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Cripple Creek KOA

    7.

    Cripple Creek KOA

    16 Reviews
    46 Photos
    160 Saves
    Cripple Creek, Colorado

    Welcome to Cripple Creek KOA, nestled on the side of a mountain near Cripple Creek, Colorado. This place is a real treat for anyone looking to escape into nature without sacrificing comfort. The campground is known for its stunning mountain views and clean, well-maintained facilities.

    One of the standout features here is the on-site pizza delivery service. Yes, you heard that right—pizza delivered straight to your campsite! It's a hit among visitors, especially after a long day of exploring. Speaking of exploring, the campground is close to Cripple Creek and Pikes Peak, offering plenty of opportunities for day trips and adventures.

    The sites are spread out enough to give you some privacy, and the hillside layout means you get some pretty sweet views over other campsites. Hummingbirds are frequent visitors, adding a touch of magic to your stay. The campground is also big rig friendly and offers amenities like electric hookups, showers, and a sanitary dump.

    Families love this place, and it's easy to see why. There are activities for all ages, and the staff is known for being friendly and accommodating. One reviewer even mentioned how perfect it was for their disabled daughter, which speaks volumes about the accessibility and thoughtfulness of the facilities.

    If you're into a bit of luxury, there are glamping options available, and the cabins are cozy with log furniture and fire pits. For those who prefer a more rustic experience, the primitive tent sites in the aspen woods are a hit, offering a serene and picturesque setting.

    So, whether you're here for the views, the convenience, or just a good old-fashioned camping experience, Cripple Creek KOA has got you covered. Enjoy your stay!

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Cotton Creek Trailhead
    Camper-submitted photo from Cotton Creek Trailhead
    Camper-submitted photo from Cotton Creek Trailhead
    Camper-submitted photo from Cotton Creek Trailhead

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    Cotton Creek Trailhead

    1 Review
    4 Photos
    46 Saves
    Crestone, Colorado

    The Cotton Creek Trail is 13.1 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 962 and ends at Forest Trail #745. Trail is well marked and maintained. It follow the creek through a rugged, steep canyon and diverse scenery, with views of high peaks and many beautiful wildflowers in season. Some stream crossings can be tricky if water level is high. Attractions are fishing in creeks and lakes, and many good campsites. Teacup Lake presents an opportunity for primitive route finding.

    The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Backpacking, Horseback Riding, Dispersed Camping, and Wildflower Viewing

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    Camper-submitted photo from Grape Creek - Temple Canyon Park

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    Grape Creek - Temple Canyon Park

    3 Reviews
    1 Photo
    69 Saves
    Cañon City, Colorado

    Located adjacent to the Temple Canyon trail that takes you to delightful Grape Creek and beyond The Temple. Operated by the City of Cañon City. Vault toilets, fire rings, some picnic tables, no water. Four different campsites spread apart to allow you to enjoy the solitude of this area located 8 miles southwest of Cañon City. Open year-round. (Free)

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    • Equestrian
    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from Bootleg Campground - Temporarily Closed
    Camper-submitted photo from Bootleg Campground - Temporarily Closed
    Camper-submitted photo from Bootleg Campground - Temporarily Closed
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    Camper-submitted photo from Bootleg Campground - Temporarily Closed

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    Bootleg Campground - Temporarily Closed

    1 Review
    7 Photos
    14 Saves
    Nathrop, Colorado

    This is a tent camping facility located on the Colorado Trail. A family fire ring with benches are provided. A vault toilet is also located at the site, but is only open during peak season.

    The campground is located on the Colorado Trail (#1776) and is a popular destination for through hikers and backpackers who are hiking the trail from Denver to Durango.

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    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Equestrian
    • Picnic Table

    $10 / night

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