Top Pet-Friendly Camping near Howard, CO

Are you planning a camping trip to Howard with your dog? We've got you covered. Finding a place to camp in Colorado with your dog is easier than ever. These scenic and easy-to-reach Howard campsites are perfect for camping with dogs.

Best Pet-Friendly Camping Sites Near Howard, CO (169)

    Camper-submitted photo from Hecla Junction Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Hecla Junction Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Hecla Junction Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Hecla Junction Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Hecla Junction Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Hecla Junction Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

    1.

    Hecla Junction Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

    20 Reviews
    78 Photos
    188 Saves
    Nathrop, Colorado

    Welcome to Hecla Junction Campground, part of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area near Salida, CO. This place is a haven for those who love the great outdoors, especially if you're into whitewater rafting or fishing. The Arkansas River runs right alongside the campground, offering fantastic river access. You can practically step out of your tent and cast a line or launch a kayak.

    The campground itself is pretty straightforward—no frills, just nature. There are no electric hookups or potable water, so you'll need to bring your own supplies. But hey, that's part of the charm, right? Vault toilets are available, and each site comes with a picnic table and a fire pit. Just remember to pack out what you pack in, as there's no trash service.

    The sites are spacious and well-maintained, with some offering stunning river views. If you're in an RV, be prepared for some uneven ground; extra leveling blocks might come in handy. The campground is also big rig friendly, so no worries if you're rolling in with a larger setup.

    One thing to note: this place can get busy, especially in the summer with all the rafting traffic. But even with the hustle and bustle, the natural beauty and the sound of the river make it worth it. Plus, there's a nice hike downstream to Seidel's Suckhole, which is both scenic and relatively easy.

    Reservations are a must, especially during peak season from April to October. So lock down your spot and get ready to enjoy some quality time by the river. Whether you're here for the fishing, the rafting, or just to soak in the scenery, Hecla Junction won't disappoint.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $28 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Ruby Mountain Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Ruby Mountain Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Ruby Mountain Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Ruby Mountain Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Ruby Mountain Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Ruby Mountain Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

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    Ruby Mountain Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

    24 Reviews
    132 Photos
    345 Saves
    Nathrop, Colorado

    Part of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $28 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Pinon Flats Campground — Great Sand Dunes National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinon Flats Campground — Great Sand Dunes National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinon Flats Campground — Great Sand Dunes National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinon Flats Campground — Great Sand Dunes National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinon Flats Campground — Great Sand Dunes National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinon Flats Campground — Great Sand Dunes National Park

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    Pinon Flats Campground — Great Sand Dunes National Park

    86 Reviews
    365 Photos
    671 Saves
    Gardner, Colorado

    Overview

    Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is in the San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado at an elevation of 8,175 feet. The dunes lie on the eastern edge of the valley at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Range. The dunefield is part of the nearly 150,000 total acres of the park and preserve that also protects alpine lakes, tundra, six peaks over 13,000 feet, ancient spruce and pine forests, large stands of aspen and cottonwood, grasslands, and wetlands. The park is part of a fragile, dynamic system that influences and sustains the tallest dunes in North America. President Herbert Hoover established the park unit as a national monument by presidential proclamation on March 17, 1932 through the Antiquities Act. The Works Progress Administration constructed the Superintendent___s Residence, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But otherwise, GRSA did not see a great deal of development during the New Deal. Park development did not occur in earnest until Mission 66. During this period, the NPS was able to construct a Visitor Center, the Pinon Flat Campground (88 sites), a picnic area, five comfort stations, six single family residences and a triplex, while also building or improving roads and trails through the park. The Visitor Center shows the motivation of the Western Office of Design and Construction to configure designs to corresponding regions using principles of ___regional modernism.___ Built in the Pueblo Revival style, the Visitor Center mimics adobe construction through modern materials and forms blended with traditional materials and forms seen during the CCC-era in Cecil Doty___s work. Following Mission 66, Congress designated nearly 91% of the monument as wilderness in 1976, which certainly limited the park___s ability to further develop visitor and administrative facilities. GRSA became a national park and preserve in 2000, which also included a transfer of land from the Rio Grande National Forest.The dunes have long stood as a landmark for travelers from ancient North Americans to Southern Ute, Jicarilla Apaches, Navajos, early explorers, gold miners, homesteaders, ranchers, farmers and migrant field workers, to you - today's park visitor.

    Recreation

    Great Sand Dunes' wide range of natural features provides endless outdoor recreational activities. The park is perfect for kids, who love exploring the dunefield on foot or by sled. Medano Creek, at the base of the dunes, is a popular place in the summertime. Kids and adults alike love to splash in the cool water. Many kid-friendly, ranger-led activities and a junior ranger program are available. Many miles of hiking and backpacking trails lead through the park's forests and alpine terrain, including the Mosca Pass Trail, Dunes Overlook/Sand Ramp Trail and Indian Grove Trail.

    Facilities

    Great Sand Dunes' wide range of natural features provides endless outdoor recreational activities. The park is perfect for kids, who love exploring the dunefield on foot or by sled. Medano Creek, at the base of the dunes, is a popular place in the summertime. Kids and adults alike love to splash in the cool water. Many kid-friendly, ranger-led activities and a junior ranger program are available. Many miles of hiking and backpacking trails lead through the park's forests and alpine terrain, including the Mosca Pass Trail, Dunes Overlook/Sand Ramp Trail and Indian Grove Trail.

    Natural Features

    Great Sand Dunes are the magnificent centerpiece of a natural system that includes high mountain peaks, sparkling streams, vast grasslands and lush forests. The campground is situated among pinon pines and sagebrush beneath the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Most sites have beautiful views of the snow-covered peaks. A wide variety of grasses and wildflowers can be found throughout the area, and mule deer are commonly seen in and around the campground.

    Nearby Attractions

    Zapata Falls is just south of the national park off Highway 150. A short but slippery 1/2-mile hike leads to a 25-foot high cascade. Simply driving to the trailhead provides an excellent view of the entire dunefield and San Luis Valley, especially at sunrise or sunset. San Luis State Wildlife Area is located at the western edge of Great Sand Dunes National Park. It features a large natural lake popular for boating, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing and fishing.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Rules and Reservation Policies__

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

    $80 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Salida North BLM
    Camper-submitted photo from Salida North BLM
    Camper-submitted photo from Salida North BLM
    Camper-submitted photo from Salida North BLM
    Camper-submitted photo from Salida North BLM
    Camper-submitted photo from Salida North BLM

    4.

    Salida North BLM

    16 Reviews
    53 Photos
    585 Saves
    Nathrop, Colorado

    Welcome to Salida North BLM, a no-frills camping spot that's perfect for those who appreciate simplicity and stunning views. Nestled near Salida, CO, this area offers a peaceful retreat with a backdrop of the Collegiate Peaks. It's a great place to pull off Highway 285, light a fire, and enjoy a night under the stars.

    This spot is free to use and doesn't require any permits, making it a convenient choice for spontaneous trips. While you won't find amenities like drinking water, toilets, or electric hookups, you can still enjoy a campfire and bring your pets along. Just be sure to pack out all your trash, as there are no disposal facilities on-site.

    Visitors have noted the beautiful scenery and quiet atmosphere, with occasional visits from curious mountain goats. The dirt road leading in can be a bit rough, but most vehicles should manage just fine if you take it slow. Some campers have mentioned that the sites can fill up quickly, especially on weekends, so arriving early is a good idea.

    For those looking to explore, Hecla Junction is just a few miles away and offers more public land to roam. Whether you're in a tent or an RV, Salida North BLM provides a serene spot to unwind and take in the natural beauty of Colorado. Just remember, it's all about the basics here—no frills, just you and the great outdoors.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from East Ridge Campground in Royal Gorge
    Camper-submitted photo from East Ridge Campground in Royal Gorge
    Camper-submitted photo from East Ridge Campground in Royal Gorge
    Camper-submitted photo from East Ridge Campground in Royal Gorge
    Camper-submitted photo from East Ridge Campground in Royal Gorge
    Camper-submitted photo from East Ridge Campground in Royal Gorge

    5.

    East Ridge Campground in Royal Gorge

    25 Reviews
    72 Photos
    448 Saves
    Cañon City, Colorado

    Welcome to East Ridge Campground in Royal Gorge, a fantastic spot for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors near Canon City, Colorado. This campground offers a peaceful retreat with stunning views and a laid-back atmosphere. Whether you're pitching a tent or parking an RV, you'll find a spot that suits your needs.

    One of the standout features here is the incredible scenery. Visitors rave about the panoramic views of the plains to the east and the snow-capped peaks to the west. The Royal Gorge Rim Trail runs right past the campground, making it a perfect base for hiking and exploring the area. If you're into biking, there are also some great trails nearby.

    The campground is well-maintained, with clean pit toilets and a friendly camp host on-site. Each site comes with a picnic table and a fire pit, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire under the stars. Just remember to bring your own firewood, as it's not available for purchase on-site. And if you're camping with pets, you'll be happy to know that the campground is pet-friendly.

    East Ridge Campground is conveniently located just a short drive from the Royal Gorge Bridge and Canon City, where you can find food, ice cream, and souvenirs. While the campground doesn't have running water or showers, the serene environment and beautiful views more than make up for it. Plus, the $20 per night fee is reasonable for the experience you get.

    So, pack your gear and head over to East Ridge Campground for a relaxing and scenic camping adventure. Whether you're here for the hiking, the views, or just some peace and quiet, you won't be disappointed.

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

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Browns Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Browns Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Browns Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Browns Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Browns Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Browns Creek

    6.

    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.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    Camper-submitted photo from Cutty’s Resort - Hayden Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Cutty’s Resort - Hayden Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Cutty’s Resort - Hayden Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Cutty’s Resort - Hayden Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Cutty’s Resort - Hayden Creek
    Camper-submitted photo from Cutty’s Resort - Hayden Creek

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    Cutty’s Resort - Hayden Creek

    9 Reviews
    37 Photos
    54 Saves
    Coaldale, Colorado

    Located in beautiful Coaldale, Colorado, Cutty's Hayden Creek Resort has been a family tradition for over 50 years. We offer an abundance of RV and tent sites as well as cabins and other rentals. We have equipment available on-site for miniature golf, tennis, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, and more. Our outdoor pool is open for 2020. Meals are served in the Rec Hall on the weekends for a surcharge and we have a general store for snacks and camping supplies. WiFi is available in the lodge. If you stay with us on a Thursday or Saturday night, you can enjoy an outdoor movie that is included in your stay. Check us out on Facebook and feel free to give us a call so you can book your getaway in the mountains. We are your Oasis in the Rockies, isolated and remote so you can kick back and disconnect.

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

    $60 - $300 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sugarbush Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sugarbush Campground

    8.

    Sugarbush Campground

    7 Reviews
    2 Photos
    60 Saves
    Howard, Colorado
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Stoll Mountain Campground — Eleven Mile State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Stoll Mountain Campground — Eleven Mile State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Stoll Mountain Campground — Eleven Mile State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Stoll Mountain Campground — Eleven Mile State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Stoll Mountain Campground — Eleven Mile State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Stoll Mountain Campground — Eleven Mile State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Salida East Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Salida East Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Salida East Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Salida East Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Salida East Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Salida East Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

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    Salida East Campground — Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

    10 Reviews
    22 Photos
    56 Saves
    Salida, Colorado

    Welcome to Salida East Campground, nestled in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area in Colorado. This spot is a gem for those who love the outdoors and want to be close to the Arkansas River. It's just a couple of miles south of Salida, making it convenient for a quick trip into town for supplies or a bite to eat.

    The campground offers a mix of tent and RV sites, many of which are right along the river, providing beautiful views and easy access for fishing or rafting. The sites are equipped with picnic tables and fire pits, and while there are no water hookups, there are well-maintained porta-potties and vault toilets scattered throughout the area.

    One thing to note is that the sites are pretty close together, so don't expect a ton of privacy. However, the friendly atmosphere and helpful staff more than make up for it. The campground is open year-round, with reservations available from April to October. Fees range from $18 to $28, which is a decent deal considering the location.

    Pets are welcome, and there's plenty of space for them to roam. Just be aware that there's no drinking water available, so you'll need to bring your own. Fires are allowed, which is great for those cool Colorado evenings.

    Some visitors have mentioned that the campground can get a bit noisy due to its proximity to Highway 50, but the noise tends to die down at night. If you're looking for a spot with easy access to the river and close to town, Salida East Campground is a solid choice. Just come prepared for a bit of hustle and bustle, and you'll have a great time.

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

    $18 - $188 / night

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