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Places to Camp near Ward, CO

Whether you're an RVer or tent camper, Ward, CO is a great place to post up for the weekend—or longer. There's so much to see and do, from exhilarating hikes or bike rides to exploring the local dining and shopping. Ready to plan your adventure? Check out our campgrounds near Ward and user-submitted reviews.

Best Camping Sites Near Ward, CO (375)

    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
    278 Photos
    803 Saves
    Estes Park, Colorado

    Overview

    Are you planning to camp summer 2024? Moraine Park Campground is closed for a major construction project. The campground is anticipated to re-open summer 2024. Moraine Park Campground (8,160 feet/2400 m) is located in Colorado's awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain National Park, near the Beaver Meadows Entrance on Highway 36. It is situated on the north side of Moraine Park, offering beautiful views of the vast park and the surrounding mountains.From lush valleys to craggy peaks reaching elevations over 14,000 feet (4250 m), visitors are provided opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures. Scenic driving, hiking, backpacking, fishing, horseback riding and wildlife viewing are popular activities in the park.__

    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.

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    • 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

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    Gordon Gulch Dispersed Area

    42 Reviews
    81 Photos
    1094 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.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    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

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    Deer Creek Campground — Golden Gate Canyon

    48 Reviews
    105 Photos
    839 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.

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

    $18 - $90 / night

    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

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    Glacier Basin Campground — Rocky Mountain National Park

    49 Reviews
    180 Photos
    643 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 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

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    Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake

    42 Reviews
    134 Photos
    384 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

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    East Portal Campground at Estes Park

    39 Reviews
    147 Photos
    629 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 Arapaho Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Arapaho Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Arapaho Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Arapaho Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Arapaho Bay Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Arapaho Bay Campground

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    Arapaho Bay Campground

    29 Reviews
    84 Photos
    698 Saves
    Grand Lake, Colorado

    Overview

    The Arapaho Bay Campground is located in the Arapaho National Recreation Area on Lake Granby, southeast of Grand Lake. Visitors enjoy the area for its great boating, fishing and hiking opportunities.__

    Recreation

    Lake Granby is part of the Arapaho National Recreation Area. It offers boating, sailing, swimming and fishing. Anglers cast for kokanee salmon and a variety of trout, including rainbow, brown, mackinaw and cutthroat. National Fishing Week is held the first week of June each year. Numerous hiking and horseback riding trails are located within the Arapaho National Recreation Area, including the Roaring Fork Trail, Monarch Lake Trail and the East Shore Trail (which is part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail).

    Facilities

    Lake Granby is part of the Arapaho National Recreation Area. It offers boating, sailing, swimming and fishing. Anglers cast for kokanee salmon and a variety of trout, including rainbow, brown, mackinaw and cutthroat. National Fishing Week is held the first week of June each year. Numerous hiking and horseback riding trails are located within the Arapaho National Recreation Area, including the Roaring Fork Trail, Monarch Lake Trail and the East Shore Trail (which is part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail).

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated on Arapaho Bay, on the eastern tip of Lake Granby, at an elevation of 8,300 feet. Afternoon thunder showers should be expected during the summer months. Due to the mountain pine beetle infestation and consequent hazardous tree removal, the campground offers little to no shade.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (530) 529-0578.

    Nearby Attractions

    Rocky Mountain National Park's west entrance is just north of Grand Lake. With lush valleys and craggy peaks reaching elevations over 14,000 feet, visitors are provided opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures. Scenic driving, hiking, backpacking, fishing, horseback riding and wildlife viewing are popular activities in the park.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins

    $17 - $25 / night

    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
    Camper-submitted photo from Roosevelt National Forest Camp Dick Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Roosevelt National Forest Camp Dick Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Roosevelt National Forest Camp Dick Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Roosevelt National Forest Camp Dick Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Roosevelt National Forest Camp Dick Campground

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    Roosevelt National Forest Camp Dick Campground

    22 Reviews
    5 Photos
    38 Saves
    Ward, Colorado

    Overview

    Camp Dick is the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp that was established in the 1930s. It is located just off the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, on the Middle Saint Vrain Creek.

    Recreation

    The Middle Saint Vrain Creek is a good fly-fishing stream where anglers cast for rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. Many trails in the vicinity are open to hiking and biking, including Sourdough and Buchanan Pass trails. The Indian Peaks Wilderness boundary is four miles from the west end of the campground. Mountain biking is allowed on the first five miles of Buchanan Pass Trail. Bikers can ride a loop from Peaceful Valley or Camp Dick, via Buchanan Pass Trail and Middle Saint Vrain Road, or Coney Cutoff and Coney Creek Roads and Sourdough Trail. The Middle Saint Vrain and Bunce School roads are popular among off-road vehicle enthusiasts. Guided horseback riding is available at Peaceful Valley Lodge, which is just over a mile away.

    Facilities

    The Middle Saint Vrain Creek is a good fly-fishing stream where anglers cast for rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout. Many trails in the vicinity are open to hiking and biking, including Sourdough and Buchanan Pass trails. The Indian Peaks Wilderness boundary is four miles from the west end of the campground. Mountain biking is allowed on the first five miles of Buchanan Pass Trail. Bikers can ride a loop from Peaceful Valley or Camp Dick, via Buchanan Pass Trail and Middle Saint Vrain Road, or Coney Cutoff and Coney Creek Roads and Sourdough Trail. The Middle Saint Vrain and Bunce School roads are popular among off-road vehicle enthusiasts. Guided horseback riding is available at Peaceful Valley Lodge, which is just over a mile away.

    Natural Features

    The campground is situated on the banks of the Middle Saint Vrain Creek in a glacial valley surrounded by mixed conifer and aspen forests and an open meadow.

    Nearby Attractions

    The town of Allenspark is less than 10 miles north of the campground, and has a restaurant and a grocery store. Rocky Mountain National Park's main entrance is 25 miles north of the campground, in Estes Park. With lush valleys and craggy peaks reaching elevations higher than 14,000 feet, visitors are provided opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures. Scenic driving, hiking, backpacking, fishing, horseback riding and wildlife viewing are popular activities available within the park. Estes Park is a full-service community. Dining, shopping, rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding and golfing opportunities are available there. Lake Estes offers boating, sailboarding and fishing.

    contact_info

    For facility specific information, please call (530) 529-0578.

    • Pets
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    • Firewood Available

    $17 - $25 / night

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