Camping in Colorado

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Written by bike posted on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

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Get ready to spend an unforgettable trip overnight under the starry skies of Colorado. The state has some of the most beautiful campsites in pristine wilderness areas full of mountains, babbling brooks and high-country lakes.

RV camping near a mountain lake in southwest Colorado. (Colorado Tourism Office)

Get your backpack and tents ready and read below for a listing of a few campsites in the Front Range, Western Slope and central Colorado. Click here for our tips for campers and example checklist stories.
FRONT RANGE CAMPING
Close to Denver and Boulder, the Front Range is popular, but big, so you’re still sure to find some space away from civilization.
Estes Park and Boulder camping areas include Glacier Basin of Highway 36, Aspenglen Campground along Fall River on Route 34 and Morain Park Campground. Attractions in this area of the state include Longs Peak, Estes Park, Trail Ridge Road and the Continental Divide. Great for horseback riding!
A Georgetown Area campground is Guanella Pass. This area has tent and RV camping spots just south of Georgetown in Arapaho National Forest. Attractions include Guanella Pass Scenic Byway and the Georgetown Loop Railroad.
The Crags is a Pike National Forest campground located south of the Continental Divide just off Highway 67. Visit nearby Cripple Creek, Pikes Peak and The Crags trailhead.
WESTERN SLOPE CAMPING
This area of Colorado is less crowded than the Front Range. Camp here to return to nature and escape from it all.
Eggleston, Cobbett Lake and Bookcliff are campsites close to Grand Junction, Colorado. Attractions include Eggleston Lake, Grand Mesa, Cobbett Lake, Highline Lake, and Mack Mesa Lake.
White River National Forest has a couple of good campsites north of Glenwood Springs. These include Deep Lake and Coffee Pot Spring. These high-country (10,000+ feet) have access to Deep Lake, White River Plateau, Deep Creek Overlook and the town of Glenwood Springs.
Chapman campsite is east of the town of Basalt, Colorado (which is northeast of Aspen). World-class fly-fishing is possible here at 8,800 feet in the Frying Pan River. Other area attractions include the Chapman Reservoir, and the towns of Basalt, Carbondale, Aspen and Glenwood Springs.
Just 1.5 miles east of Glenwood Springs on I-70, you’ll find the Glenwood Canyon Resort. This campsite is at 5,800 feet and has attractions like the Colorado River, Glenwood Hot Springs, and rafting nearby.
CENTRAL MOUNTAINS CAMPING
The central portion of the Rockies is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in Colorado, with parts of Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho, Routt and the White River National Forests. Archetypal mountain towns like Granby, Buena Vista, Salida, Vail and Breckenridge are located here as well.
Railroad Bridge, Collegiate Peaks and Cottonwood Lake campgrounds are in the Buena Vista area. Attractions include the town of Buena Vista, whitewater rafting, plenty of Colorado wildlife, mountain climbing, kayaking and fishing.
Elk Creek and Green Ridge on Shadow Mountain Lake are two campgrounds in the Grand Lake and Granby area. Visit the area attractions like Rocky Mountain National Park, and the town of Grand Lake. The fishing and snowmobiling is great in the area!
The Dillon and Silverthorne area has the Heaton Bay and Lowry campgrounds. Check out the Dillon Reservoir, the Arapaho National Forest, the White River National Forest and the towns of Dillon, Silverthorne, and Frisco.
Leadville has the campgrounds Baby Doe and Sugar Loafin’. Both are near Turquoise Lake where the fishing, boating hiking and wildlife viewing is spectacular.
The Winter Park area has Robber’s Roost campground at the base of Berthoud Pass. Fishing is great in the area that is available to tent and RV campers.

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