Neil B.

Highlands Ranch, CO

Joined January 2020

Great Reservoir Views

Thunder Ridge is your standard National forest campground, all sites have a fire pit and picnic table, the CG has vault toilets and trash service available and water is available by a few centrally located spigots.  Facilities are clean.  The sites themselves are nicely spaced apart and it is not too big of a campground.  There is nice trail down to the water or you can take your vehicle a short 3-4 minute drive to Rampart Reservoir.  This is a popular CG, so book early.  It is at the very south end of the Rampart Range Rec area just above woodland park and nearby Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak Wilderness.  There are lots of activities nearby for all from hiking, fishing, to great mountain towns to visit and the attractions of Manitou and Pikes Peak.

Small, quiet campground on the river

This is a very small campground between a county road and on the bend of Adamans creek, only 7-8 spots with a camp host.  Each site has a picnic and fire pit, most sites are shaded but 2-3 are in the open.  There isn't much traffic on the road so it is nice and quiet.  Fishing can be done within the CG, but plenty of hiking is available at nearby Spruce Grove or you go to Eleven Mile Canyon.  Trash service and a vault toilet is available, but water is only available by a hand pump.

We were there the last day of the season, the campground hosts are great and the changing trees were beautiful.

Great park and reservoir in the high mountain plains

Eleven mile is a large reservoir by Colorado standards and has tons of campsites, all around the lake from great walk-in tent sites, lake shore and small to large loops.  One section of the park has great trails in the trees, but the majority is in open plains which can sometimes get windy, but still is a great place.  The facilities are well maintained, all sites have a picnic table, fire pit and two loops have electrical hookups.   The central area has water spigots, a shower house, flush toilets, laundry and a dump station.  The other campgrounds have vault toilets and hand pumps for water.  

Just outside the state park boundary is a small convenience store for grocery (limited) and angler/fishing supply.  The lake can get busy in the summer, but it never seems too crowded.  Also, like many state parks they do have an educational program and offer small exhibits at the amphitheater on the weekends.

Small Campground, but popular

Small campground with tight spots (almost as if most spots are doubles), but a great location.   Many hiking trails are nearby from small to long hikes and the Echo lake lodge is just across the road which I recommend for some pie later in the evening.  The entrance to Mt Evans road to the top is just yards a way.  This is beautiful country, though can get busy nearby with the attractions of Echo lake and Mt Evans Road, but nice and quiet in the evening.  Spots include fire pit and picnic table, road is gravel in the CG.  Trash services are available and water is available by a hand pump only.  Vault toilets and spots were very clean.  Idaho Springs is also nearby and a cool mountain town to visit.

Close to it all, yet far enough away

This CG was one of the first we used in Colorado and still a great go-to as it is large enough that you can often find a spot with less planning than some of the more popular sites, but it is near many attractions and the CG itself is nice.  All spots are nicely spaced apart, it is fairly wooded, a creek runs along the backside and it is near Woodland Park, Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak wilderness.   The hosts at this CG are wonderful and take pride in their area.. Spots are immaculate and vault toilets are clean… Sites have fire-pits and picnic table and they offer back-in and pull-though spots and most sites we saw were fairly level.  Trash and water spigots are equally dispersed through the CG.

Beautiful Campground away from it all

This is a small campground near Lake George in the Lost Creek Wilderness.  The setting here is great, its a smaller primitive campground without many trees on the trailer side, but the surrounding area is what makes it special… in actuality the tent sites are some of the best we have seen (not being tent campers) and this makes us sometime think maybe we should ditch the trailer for a tent site when coming here.  The tent sites are right along the Terryall creek in the tress and the trailer sites are on the other side.  There are many trails that lead off from this Campground that go above the CG or into Lost Creek Wilderness.  There are many rock formations and the vistas are great.  The CG has picnic tables and fire-pits… all sites and the road are gravel so not always even, but easily manageable.  There is trash and water available, although water is only form a hand-pump.  The host is very nice and the sites and vault toilets are clean.

Perfect Wilderness

We love this CG, it is right on the St Vrain Creek, away from it all and has lots of nature.  The Campground is not large and completely different from the Peaceful Valley CG just down the road.  Peaceful Valley has no trees and very close spots, Camp Dick has wooded (most) and spots are nicely spaced apart.  Each site has a picnic table, firepit and bear box.  Vault toilets, water spigots and trash are equally dispersed.  We saw moose and deer everyday walking through the CG also off the South loop is a great trail that takes you high above the CG and to Beaver Reservoir.  This CG is very popular and hard to reserve so book early… On the other end of the CG is a 4x4 trail which adds to its popularity.

In-City camping, but away from it all

This CG is very well maintained… It is a state park and like others has great maintained camp grounds with full hookups, dump site, and many recreational activities.  It is in the center of the city, but aside from the traffic on the dam in the distance you would not realize it.  Sites are clean, level, have fire-pits and picnic tables… you can choose loops with hookups or without… Most sites do not offer a lot of shade, but some have a few trees.  The reservoir is the main activity draw (beach, boating, fishing) but there are plenty of trails also in the park to bike/walk.  Because of its proximity to Denver Metro it is very busy in the Summer season.

Great small CG, next to a popular trail

This is a primitive CG that is walk-up only and popular on the weekends… It is a wooded, small CG with no water or hookups though trash facilities and vault toilets are provided… it is separated into two loops, the smaller is up above the hill and parking lot for the Devils Head fire lookout trailhead.  The larger loop is below next to a small creek and a few degrees cooler.  The main attraction of this CG, besides being in the Rampart Range area is the trail itself.  This is a popular trail with a great attraction at the end.  CG sites are on the smaller side, no large trailers are getting in this CG, but if there are no sites available or you're too big there are many along the way on Rampart Range rd that are free/dispersed.  The area is popular for ATV/Motorbikes but there are some great trails and scenery is wonderful.  Although popular for ATV's you cannot hear any ATV traffic from this CG and it is rather quiet compared to the free dispersed sites along the main road.

Good location

Colorado campground is situated outside of Woodland Park (10 minute drive) and right next to Manitou lake.  This is a great area central to the Pikes Peak wilderness area so many trails are nearby and activities while still being close to civilization if you forget something or choose to eat-out.  The CG itself is large, but the sites are well spaced apart…it is a primitive CG with picnic table, fire-pit and gravel pull through or back-in spots.  There are water spigots, vault toilets and garbage cans equally dispersed throughout.  In the summer they have an educational series also on the weekends of various nature/wildlife "seminars" that are great for the kids in their small amphitheater, although i don't know how frequent they are scheduled.  As others have stated its a short walk to the lake for fishing and canoeing if you choose.  The CG is well maintained and hosts are friendly.

Great Amenities

We love this CG!  It is in a beautiful part of Colorado, centrally located to many attractions.  The CG itself is large, but spread out well.  All sites are paved and fairly level, all have electricity and there are even a few cabins for rental.  What makes this park great is the huge trail system, trails are all around and all at various levels of difficulties and lengths.  Wildlife is abundant and the sites themself are well maintained.  Each site has a fire ring, electrical hook up and picnic table.  Water spigots are nearby, RV dump is included with stay (and you can fill up with fresh water too).  They have a laundromat and shower house as well as several bathrooms located throughout the campground with flush toilets.  They have nightly educational programs and the rangers have always been polite to us.  Firewood is available for sale at the CG entrance.

Largest CG in RMNP

This is the largest of the campgrounds in RMNP.  It has several loops, one is "generator free" and each have their own positives.  The CG sits above a couple shuttle stops at the moraine below and there is one that stops at the entrance so you can reach the rest of the park without driving yourself or to connect to other trailheads.  It is only near a couple trails, but the shuttle can get you where you need.  Each site has its own tent pad, picnic table and fire ring.  There are toilets and water sources centrally located and a few solar shower facilities (stalls to hang your own solar shower…bring your own water).  Being in the park makes it easy to get around without fighting all the traffic if you use the shuttles.

Centrally located in RMNP

Great campground!  There are trailheads on both sides and behind all the loops to connect to the RMNP trail system.  What makes this CG most convenient is the RMNP Shuttle lot is a short walk across the road from the campground so you can hike where you want and shuttle back or vice-versa.  Half of the loops suffered beetle kill so they are treeless but offer great views.  Some of the sites are close together, but all in a ll its a great National park campground with daily Firewood, ice, ice cream and candy sales and weekly educational programs in the amphitheater.  The community restrooms are also flush toilets instead of vault and they have dish cleaning facilities for the tent campers.