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Camping Colorado

When it comes to camping in Colorado, the options are almost limitless. From the valleys of the state’s highest peaks to Garden of the Gods and beyond, you’ll find alpine lakes, red rock formations, craggy peaks, dense pine forest, and wildflower-dotted meadows all right outside the tent door.

While Colorado claims many iconic destinations, Garden of the Gods ranks near the top of many visitors’ lists. The red rock formations backed by towering mountain ridgelines offers a jaw-dropping location for both hiking and camping in Colorado. Head to the Garden of the Gods RV Resort and pitch your tent for easy access to adventure, or opt for a cottage to enjoy a little luxury at the edges of one of Colorado’s most scenic locations. Enjoy easy day hikes through the namesake park, or explore the trails that trace through Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

If wilderness and solitude are more of what you’re looking for, ditch the big city and head for Twin Lakes, the basecamp for Colorado’s highest peak, Mount Elbert. Situated at a lofty 9,900 feet on the edges of Turquoise Lake, May Queen Campground offers both tranquility and million-dollar views. Sleep beneath a starry sky amidst lodgepole pines and spend your days exploring the Turquoise Lake Nature Trail. Ambitious hikers can post up at the Elbert Creek campground and head for the Mount Elbert trailhead to tackle the challenging trek to the 14,433-foot summit. And, don’t forget the fishing rod for this destination: angling on any of the nearby lakes is a great way to enjoy sunny summer days camping in Colorado’s mountains.

Those looking to stay closer to the Mile High City can find tent camping at Echo Lake campground on the outskirts of Idaho Springs, or at Aspen Meadows campground in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Whether it’s a weekend getaway not far from the city or a challenging and inspiring adventure deep in the mountains, the medley of camping in Colorado has something for everyone.

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Recent Reviews in Colorado
Stayed for 3 weeks during the spring.

Coronavirus suggested staying inside so the area was closed down. We are retired so we don't have kids but our two small dogs loved to take me on long walks several times a day. Winter made a late visit but it added to the beauty. We hope to come back after the virus and in the summer when the area is open.


Pretty sure when I was there the campsite was actually closed, but it was easy to drive up to with a large parking lot for what seems to be launching boats on the lake. Gorgeous, quiet and secluded.

Crested Butte Glamping, unbeatable in the area!

Amazing find located on Round Mountain in between Crested Butte and Gunnison. 2 covered platforms with walk-in tent and queen mattress provided, grill, table/chairs, views, fire pit (with wood provided), bathroom, hot shower, aspen groves and even a wood-fired hot tub! There are a ton of views and while it is close to Crested Butte we did not want to leave.  Operators were great. Under the radar spot that will be found soon!

Higher Elevation

This rating is based solely on the beauty of this place. Coffe Pot Road is located near Dotsero, CO. We were looking for a place to set up and a ranger at Hanging Lake told us about this place and the locals agreed! The scenic drive up is very narrow, some places only one car can pass at a time, so drive slow and be careful. It includes several types of trees, rock formations, wildlife, wild flowers and vast mountain views! If you want to feel like you are really camping in the wilderness (which you kinda are) then don't pass this place up! The road itself goes up about 10,500 feet in elevation ending in Deep Lake then decenends down. Coffe Pot Springs Campground is about 16 miles up in the White River National Forest and features large, very secluded sites with a rock made fire pit. We did see a porta house down the gravel road a little ways, no other amenities that we saw. We set up our tent at around 8,000 ft in elevation and enjoyed the view, it was literally what dreams are made of! During the night we heard Elk and it was so dark that we saw the milky way!!!

Climbers choice

If you didn’t come here to climb be prepared to make some friends that climb. The site is about 100 yards from one of Colorado’s most sought after climbing destinations. The camp ground offers spacious group sites and individual ones, the group sites are much more privatized from the other sites on the campground. The views of southern Colorado are gorgeous, the facilities are on the newer side which was lovely. Cool 4x4 trails you can access along with a few hikes, but this is where you want to be if you’re looking to do some rock climbing

Beautiful & Quiet

Haved came here often and love it. The bathrooms were great! Firewood is available for sale. H2O onsite.

Small falls

Pretty water falls but not tall. Good hiking beautiful scenery. On hot days it's a great place to cool off. Only bad things is it's pretty tight quarters when full.

Small falls

Pretty water falls but not tall. Good hiking beautiful scenery. On hot days it's a great place to cool off. Only bad things is it's pretty tight quarters when full.

Beautiful area

Really pretty country, lots too explore around the area. Nice camping. Sometimes it does get a bit crowded.

Well kept park.

Nice park to stay at. Clean, friendly, and wasn't an issue showing up or leaving. Water, 30amp, and sewer are right next to each other which I prefer. Dirt pad wasn't too bad to level our rig. Took a couple blocks to level it out. Site had a fire ring, and a picnic table with a trash can right at the site. They have a shower on site, we didn't use but it was nice knowing it was there. Driving to the site was clearly marked, we were in the back of the park and the WiFi was about 2 bars. Overall the park was really nice, but the thing I loved the most was the view of the stars.