Top Dispersed Camping near Lakewood, CO

If you're looking for a place to dispersed camp near Lakewood, look no further. Dispersed camping gets you off the grid so you can disconnect from the hecticness of everyday life. You're sure to find the perfect dispersed campsite for your Colorado camping adventure.

Best Dispersed Camping Sites Near Lakewood, CO (92)

    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

    45 Reviews
    81 Photos
    1192 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 Buffalo Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Creek Recreation Area

    2.

    Buffalo Creek Recreation Area

    22 Reviews
    76 Photos
    1526 Saves
    Buffalo Creek, Colorado

    The Buffalo Creek Recreation Area contains over 50 miles of multi-use, non-motorized trails that tie into the Colorado Trail in several places. There are numerous options available for riding or hiking. Some of the old logging roads provide two-track while connecting trails offer single track. It takes about an 1.5 hours to drive to this area from Denver. Please know and respect local area restrictions including; parking and camping in designated sites only. Developed camping is available at nearby Forest Service campgrounds including Buffalo, Green Mountain, Kelsey, and Meadows Group Campground.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Toilets
    Camper-submitted photo from West Magnolia Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from West Magnolia Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from West Magnolia Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from West Magnolia Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from West Magnolia Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from West Magnolia Campground

    3.

    West Magnolia Campground

    20 Reviews
    43 Photos
    1070 Saves
    Nederland, Colorado

    West Magnolia Trailhead provides access to eight miles of singletrack trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding west of the Peak-to-Peak Highway south of Nederland. An additional eight miles of Forest Roads are open seasonally (check the Road Status Table before your visit) to motorized and non-motorized activities. Along these roadways are designated campsites. Camping is allowed within 50 feet of the campsite markers. There are no facilities of any kind. 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. Recreational shooting closures exist in this area. Click here for more information.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    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

    4.

    Dream Canyon Campsites - Dispersed Camping

    16 Reviews
    18 Photos
    1042 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 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

    5.

    Beaver Park Reservoir - Dispersed

    23 Reviews
    80 Photos
    1513 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
    Camper-submitted photo from Pull off with fire ring - Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Pull off with fire ring - Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Pull off with fire ring - Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Pull off with fire ring - Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Pull off with fire ring - Dispersed Site
    Camper-submitted photo from Pull off with fire ring - Dispersed Site

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    Pull off with fire ring - Dispersed Site

    11 Reviews
    7 Photos
    189 Saves
    Georgetown, Colorado

    Free camping (dispersed) is allowed on most national forest lands except in highly developed areas - such as trailheads, campgrounds and picnic sites - and in some of our most visited places. Be sure to check for regulations in advance and look for signs in the area to indicate if camping is allowed.

    Some areas allow camping in designated sites only.

    Know Before You Go

    Check the weather and road closures before heading up. Follow Leave No Trace principles. There are no facilities or trash receptacles. Pack out what you pack in. Make sure camping is allowed. Many lands within the national forest boundary are private or otherwise owned. Check that you’re on National Forest lands: maps. Don't stay too long. Camping is limited to 14 days within any continuous 30-day period at any location within the same 20-mile radius. See Order Plan on building a campfire? Campfire restrictions can occur any time of year. Check for fire restrictions and if you build a campfire, know how to extinguish it.

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    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Dispersed
    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

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    Chinns Lake Dispersed Camping

    13 Reviews
    49 Photos
    1029 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 Mount Herman Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Herman Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Herman Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Herman Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Herman Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Herman Road Dispersed Camping

    8.

    Mount Herman Road Dispersed Camping

    28 Reviews
    91 Photos
    1075 Saves
    Monument, Colorado

    Part of Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands. Mount Herman Trail begins at a small parking area on a switchback on Mount Herman Road. This trail provides a 2-mile one-way hike to the summit of Mt. Herman.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Firewood Available
    • 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

    9.

    Fall River Reservoir Dispersed Camping Trail

    12 Reviews
    52 Photos
    769 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 Hidden Wilderness Roadside Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Hidden Wilderness Roadside Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Hidden Wilderness Roadside Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Hidden Wilderness Roadside Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Hidden Wilderness Roadside Camp
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