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.
We visited Golden Gate Canyon in October 2020 and we were blown away with the natural beauty of this park. We stayed in Reverends Ridge Loop E Site 49. It was a pull through site, mostly level, and it easily accommodated our 20' truck still attached to our 30' travel trailer. The sites we saw were spaced apart generously. The park was quiet and family friendly. We only stayed for one night as we were passing through the area, but we would absolutely go back again and highly recommend it to others. One important note is that RVs can not enter through the entrance on HWY 46 at Mountain Base Road (we learned the hard way). The good news is the entrance is not far from there, but you may want to plan to enter off HWY 119 from the outset.
There are multiple camping areas in here, from giant RV to backpack access only. This is for Reverend's Ridge.
The good and the bad is that it is close to Denver/Golden/Boulder and can feel far away. This would be a really good spot with kids or first time campers who don't want to spend hours in the car. But that brings problems as well. Lots of newbies who don't quite get the etiquette side of things. Spots are close together and many of the campers the night we were there thought this was a great place to drink, talk and run generators until 1am. Add in a few barking dogs first AM, it was not my favorite spot.
Electric hookup and very large and clean showers available (though they were closed for COVID). I'll go back to what I said before, this is a great spot for those who are new to camping, have families and want easy access to bathrooms and showers.
Leave no trace.
Stayed in Reverends Ridge campground in Loop A. We had pretty decent cell service with AT&T. The campsites were somewhat close but it was still fine. Didn’t feel very wild but the amenities seemed nice. The bathroom was functioning and heated. The tent pad was nice as well. Some nice hikes within the park that we enjoyed. I’d stay here again.
The Golden Gate Canyon state park is beautiful. Sites only have electric but ample water is available near the dump stations. Very clean overall - used the laundry facilities and they worked perfectly! Ample hiking trails - just leave yourself a little more time that you would expect due to the elevation gain/lose on the trails. Really close toGolden and all that it has to offer but you feel like you are in a very remote area. The sites are a little tight together - ample shade and lots of trees though. Highly recommend if you are looking for a little comfort after all of the BLM camping!
I had a reservation to stay at the KOA on October 20 through 25. The New Mexico governor required a mandatory 14 day quarantine to travel in their state From Colorado so we had to cancel or reservation. The owners of the KOA chose not to refund our deposit even though we were not at fault. I have found most KOA owners to be great honest people, but will Find other accommodations when we are able to go back to Santa Fe.
Reverend's Ridge campground is one of our all time favorites. Even though the campground was fully booked, the campground was clean and quiet. We appreciate the big shower houses, recycling, and the site layouts that feel big with lots of trees. There is a trailhead right at the campground that offers a great hike with beautiful scenery.
Was a beautiful drive to the park. About 30 to 40mins off I-70 depending on how you drive. Highly recommend and has become one of my new favorite spots to visit again. Has a very tucked in the mountains feel but has great facilities and was very quiet. Phone service wise Verizon was very patchy but sprint seemed to have 2-3 bars
We took our kids camping for the first time at GGCSP and they had a blast! There are a handful of lakes that are great for fishing and plenty of trails to explore. The restroom facilities are well maintained and it’s close to Boulder for a quick day trip or extended weekend.
This is a very popular Colorado State Park and campground for alot of reasons! The park has campsites for all sizes, shapes and styles of campers, trailers, tents and has cabins and yurts to rent as well. I like loop B for the pull throughs and nice spacing between sites. Loop D is a favorite as well , it’s close to the restrooms with showers and laundry. The park fills up quickly over the summer weekends ( reservations required) but I check for cancellations … you never know or try for weekdays if you can.
There are a few areas at Golden Gate Canyon State Park, but Forgotten Valley is my favorite. Access to fishing at Tallman Ranch Pond, and Monutain Lion Trail leads to the summit of Windy Peak.
Forgotten Valley has 4 backcountry campsites and a backcountry shelter for overnight camping. All backcountry tent sites and shelters are first come, first serve. You'll need to check in at the visitor center to reserve the campsite, and pay for a park pass.
Park at the Bridge Creek Trailhead, and take Burro Trail to access Mountain Lion Trail, which leads into Forgotten Valley.
Site #15 is my favorite in Forgotten Valley. It's settled in an Aspen Grove, and is more secluded that the other sites.
Bear lockers are available for each campsite.