I’ll be the first to admit, this isn’t the best advice for fellow tent-campers, but if you have a trailer, RV, or friends with one, this can be a great place to go relatively near the curse that is Denver. Hard to find a place with decent shade, especially if you have dogs, but the lake makes up for most of that. If you go down the shore in the right place, you can set up a good day-site on the beach, and a kayak or SUP makes for some good fun. Highly policed regarding dogs, yet quite relaxed for day-trippers bringing all their grill n fiesta gear, so that can be good or bad, depending on your plans. Love the lake, but overall, a bit busy and family-crazy campgrounds in my opinion.
Great river runs right through the middle! Good for fishing and tubing. Fills up very quickly on the weekends-reservations are necessary almost a year in advance. The hike-in camping across the river is perfect-away from the noise, but close enough to realistically ‘car-camp’ it. There is the world’s best spot between amazing rock formations, but you’ll have to visit and find it yourself!