Want to fulfill your dream of sleeping under the stars in the Rockies? Considering the beloved mountain range spans an impressive 3,000 miles, you’ve got a heck of a lot of choices when it comes to sights and locales. So, to make the decision a bit less overwhelming, we’ve compiled a list of our top campground picks for your journey into those majestic peaks.
Check out These 4 Rocky Mountain Campgrounds
Camping in the Rockies gives you front row seats to some of our country’s most beautiful places. From red rock spires to lush forests, these four campgrounds are our favorites. Start here, and then keep exploring!
Saddlehorn Campground, Colorado National Monument
With a 360-view of the Centennial State’s incomparable Colorado National Monument, this campground not only gives fantastic hiking opportunities, but it is also known as one of the top mountain biking spots in U.S. If you’re bringing kids along, be sure to book one of the area’s popular motor tours, which allows you to zip through this section of the range’s highest peaks without having to dodge the many cyclists and photographers on the trails. And, as always, bring along that camera– it’s impossible to snap a bad picture here!
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Kintla Lake, Glacier National Park
This gem of a campground is almost too perfect to shout from the rooftops. Nevertheless, since keeping the best camping spots secret isn’t exactly our M.O., we couldn’t help but share Kintla Lake with you. On top of being located in one of the most treasured national parks that our country has to offer, this first-come, first-serve campground only has 13 primitive sites, allowing you to experience the most quiet and secluded sections of Glacier National Park outside of the backcountry.
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Watchman Campground, Zion National Park
A must for any geology lovers, The Watchman sits atop one of the richest archaeological sites in the country. Three scenic trails are accessible from the campground, with The Watchman offering scenic views of the rock formations and the Virgin River below. If you are bringing along your dog, then be sure to check out the paved Parus Trail. Protip: Because this campground can start bursting at the seams during its peak season, it’s best to visit during the quieter early spring and fall months.
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Gros Ventre Campground, Grand Teton National Park
Set against the top views in Wyoming’s Rockies, Gros Ventre is the perfect campground for those looking for a bit of protection from the area’s moose, bison, and bears. For the best picture-perfect views, try a midday hike in Antelope Flats–it’s trailhead is just a hop, skip, and a jump from the campsites. Before you set off on your journey into the Tetons, be sure that you pack plenty of warm supplies, as the area is known to dip down into the 30s at night, even in the summertime.
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We hope your journey into the Rockies is transformative, challenging, and, most of all, fun! After you’ve checked out some of these great sites, leave a campground review on The Dyrt, and you could win free camping gear!