Are you planning to go on a vacation? Are you looking out for a destination with umpteen natural beauty and exciting outdoor activities? Then you have landed at the right page. In this article, we will take you through the campgrounds of one of the most beautiful destinations-Colorado.
If you want to escape the busy city life and crawl right into natures’ lap, then look no further. The stunning natural beauty and breathtakingly serene views of Colorado will be a treat to your eyes and soul. This destination has a lot to offer to campers and hikers. From forests to rivers and mountains to desserts, there is something for everyone.
With a diverse landscape and snow-covered mountains, Colorado is a western U.S. state. This state encompasses the northeastern portion of Colorado Plateau, most of the southern Rocky Mountains, and the Western edge of Great Plains. The state is named after the Colorado River.
This mountain state is the favorite destination of the tourists, given the diverse nature of activities and scenic views. The Colorado campgrounds are a perfect place to spend your vacation in nature’s arms.
1. May queen Campground
This is the only campground located at the west end of Turquoise Lake, which is at about 10,000 feet. The May queen campground is located near the Charles Boustead Memorial Tunnel, and thus, you can conveniently access boating, fishing, and hiking.
You will also find 17 sites for tents and RVs up to 32 feet. There are additional 12 walk-in tent sites too. The campground is pet-friendly, and an entrance fee has to be paid while making the reservation. A camping fee has to be paid for overnight stay.
2. Bear Lake Campground
Situated near the Cucharas River, the Bear Lake Campground is the second-largest wilderness in the U.S. The campground offers a breathtaking view of the adjoining Culebra Range Mountains along with aspen and spruce forests.
At the north end of the campground, the Indian Trail #1300 provides access to a 23-mile multi-use trail. Pets are welcome to this campground but must be leashed at all times. RV sites are available.
Campers need to pay the entrance fee. The camping fee is separately charged, and it includes two vehicles or 1 RV per site.
3. Silver Bell Campground
With a total of 14 sites, the Silver Bell Campground is hemmed by the subalpine forests and aspen groves. Campers can enjoy warm days and cool evenings here, as the campground is located at an elevation of 8460 feet.
The site is welcome to RVs and trailers too. Campers can escape the busy city life and find peace in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.
Pets are welcome at the campgrounds. Visitors are required to pay an entrance fee in addition to the camp fee.
4. Moraine Park Campground-Rocky Mountain National Park
Mesmerizing landscapes and breathtaking views of the peaks make the Moraine Park most popular campground in Colorado. Visiting this campground allows the campers to spot various animals in their natural habitat.
This considerable campground consists of 245 sites that give you the most memorable experiences of your life.
The campground consists of RV sites (without hook up), tent sites, and walk-in tent sites. An entrance fee is applicable here.
The camping fee at this campground varies depending upon the season. The two seasons are first-come, first-served basis, and peak season.
5. Angel of Shavano Campground
The angel of Shavano is considered as one of the best Colorado state parks for camping. This campground is situated in the forest of aspen and spruce, which offers you the most serene camping experience.
The name of the site is named so due to the angel-like image that appears when snow falls on the Shavano Mountain. The camping fee at this campground is different for overnight stay and day camping.
The campground has a trail that stretches 487 miles, starting from Denver to Durango. There are 20 campsites that can accommodate tents, Vans, RVs, and trailers too. Pets are allowed in the Angel of Shavano Campground.
6. Maroon Bells
The Maroon Bells is one of the most iconic campgrounds in Aspen. It is located 5 miles southwest of downtown Aspen up on the Maroon Creek road. The fourteeners (14000-feet peaks) are the best example of the epitome of beauty.
Campers and hikers can choose from 3 campsites under the mountain shades. Each campsite will give you a view of the spectacular mountain. Silver Bell offers 14 campsites, Silver Queen has six campgrounds, and the Silver Bar consists of 4 campsites.
You have to pay a nominal recreation fee for driving up to the Maroon Bells. Also, the entrance fee has to be paid during the summer.
7. Chatfield State Park
Home to 197 campsites, Chatfield State Park, is the best camping near Denver. It is spread over an area of 3995 acres. This State Park houses a massive reservoir and hence it is well-known among boaters and kayakers.
Apart from boating, you can enjoy spotting more than 300 species of resident and migrating birds. Mammals can also be spotted at Chatfield State Park. This includes whitetail deer, prairie dogs, etc.
The State Park is pet-friendly and welcomes your dogs.
8. Glacier Basin Campground
Located in the fantastic Rocky Mountain National Park, the Glacier Basin offers lush green valleys and breathtaking adventures to the visitors. It is a wonderful mix of various forests and wildlife too.
The open meadows are covered by seasonal wildflowers, shrubs, and grasses throughout the year. The campground houses 150 sites that are open from Memorial Day weekend up to early September.
The campground contains tent-only sites, as well as RV sites without hookups. The camping fee here varies for group booking and tent/RV camping.
9. Elbert Creek Campground
The Elbert Creek is a first-come, first-served basis Campground located adjacent to Mount Elbert and Mount Massive Trailheads. The Campground is extremely famous among hikers.
It consists of tent sites and RV sites. The Campground is located at 10000 feet, and hence you may experience altitude sickness. Pets are welcome at sight. The camping fee is chargeable here. It includes two vehicles or 1 RV.
10. Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Located 30 miles from Denver, the Golden Gate Canyon State Park is the most convenient option to escape deep into the mountains. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy the adventures of a mountain.
With 35 miles of trail, this State Park offers a variety of trails to choose from. If you are visiting in summer with your kids, there is a special kids’ “campfire presentation,” which will teach them about the region.
Dogs are welcome in the State Park with a leash on. The camping fee, in addition to the entrance fee, is applicable here.
RV sites, tent sites, and group camps are available.
11. Garden of the Gods
You can enjoy the spectacular view of Pike Peak as the Garden of Gods' campground is located at the base of this peak. Disconnect with the hectic city life and enjoy your camping experience to the fullest at this campground.
RV sites are available along with cottages, tents, and bunkhouses. The Campground is pet-friendly, and thus your furry friend can also accompany you. The camping fee is payable at this campground.
12. Timber Creek - Rocky Mountain National Park
The Timber Creek Campground is located at 8900 feet along the Colorado River. This is the only campground on the west side of the Park. Spend a relaxing weekend here to forget all about your busy city routine.
The campground is equipped with 98 first-come, first-served campsites. There are both tents only and RV sites available at this campground.
Camping fee on per night basis is applicable at this campground. This fee covers not more than 8 people and two tents (learn more) or one vehicle and one RV/tent/trailer etc. Pets are allowed at the site.
13. Estes Park Campground at Mary's Lake
Escape into the valleys of Colorado at the Estes Park campground. The campground provides spectacular views of the Twin sister peaks in the Rocky Mountain National Park. You can relax as you overlook Mary’s lake.
The campground has 128 sites that are suitable for tenters, RVers, and big rigs too. The campsite is pet-friendly also.
14. Longs Peak - Rocky Mountain National Park
Located 9 miles South of Estes Park, the Long Peaks Campground is a seasonal site. The campground provides a gorgeous view of the valleys and helps you to rejuvenate. This forested area has 26 tent-only sites and is fairly elevated at 9500 feet.
There are no RV hookups at this campground.
Pets are allowed at the site, but with strict restrictions. The camping fee is applicable for staying here. However, no reservations are accepted.
15. Eleven Mile State Park
Enjoy scenic vistas and incredible fishing at Eleven Mile State Park. Retreat and rejuvenate yourself in nature’s lap with Rocky Mountain sunset and panoramic view of nature around. This campground is Colorado’s largest reservoir with 325 campsites.
You can also avail of RV sites and discover the beautiful surroundings.
Pets are allowed on the site but have to be leashed. The camping fee has to be paid in addition to the park pass.
16. Cheyenne Mountain State Park
The 2701 acres of Cheyenne State Park is considered as the “crown jewel” in Colorado’s park system. Located south of Colorado spring, the Park is an excellent place for wildlife viewing. Park has some beautiful facilities for visitors.
You can enjoy 28 miles of hiking and biking trails. The spectacular natural views of the park will leave you mesmerized with nature’s beauty.
61 campsites can be availed by paying a nominal amount. The campground includes group camping, tents, and RV sites too. Pets on a leash are allowed.
17. Zapata Falls Campground
Bask in the beautiful sunsets and sunrise high on top of the hills at Zapata Falls campground. The campsite is located at 9000 feet in the Sangre di Cristo Mountains. You can capture sweeping views of the San Luis Valley, San Juan Mountains, and Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Pets are allowed on this campsite.
No entrance fee is required.
You will find 24 campsites in this campground that accommodates RVs, vans, and tents too. Camping fee varies for individual sites and group sites.
18. Pinon Flats Campground
The Pinon Flats campground is the heart and beauty of the Great Sand Dunes National Park. If you are an action-adventure lover and are visiting the Sand Dunes Park, then staying at the Pinon Flats campgrounds is the ideal thing to do.
The campground offers 88 sites for RVs and tents. Pinon pines and sagebrush surround it. It also provides some beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and dunes.
Dogs are welcome on the dunes and in the creek. The camping fee is applicable. However, the rate differs for individual sites and group sites.
19. Guanella Pass
Located in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, the Guanella Pass is located at an elevation of 10900 feet above the sea level. The campground is situated 7 miles to the south of Georgetown.
The campground consists of 18 sites, out of which 11 are suitable for RVs and 7 for tents (learn more). You can enjoy the scenic views of mountains, lakes, and beautiful byways too.
Pets with leash are allowed.
The entrance fee is applicable in addition to the camping fee.
20. Difficult Campground
Nestled on the banks of the Roaring Fork River, the Difficult Campground is surrounded by a mixed forest of aspen, cottonwood, pine, fir, scrub, and several others at the edge of the river. This makes it an ideal place for recreation and rejuvenation.
With 47 standard sites on the campground, you can choose to stay in tents, RVs, or group sites. The serene sound of river water clubbed with mesmerizing views all around will soothe your mind and soul.
Electrical hook-ups are not available.
Pets are allowed in the Difficult Campground. The camping fee is applicable here.
21. Cherry Creek State Park
Spread on a large area of 4000 acres, the Cherry Creek State Park and campground is a fantastic place for water and land activities for outdoor enthusiasts. The campground is open all-year-round and is home to a variety of wildlife.
It is close to downtown Denver and has the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop. You can choose to stay in a tent, group campground, or RV site, as per your preference. Pets are allowed on the designated off-leash area with a charge.
An entrance fee is required. Camping fee varies depending upon the season.
22. Echo Lake Campground
The Echo Lake Campground is a perfect getaway destination for nature lovers. It is located 700 feet above sea level, and houses on the westerly shore of the lake.
The presence of the City and County of Denver Mountain Park and Echo Lake around the campground allows you to undertake many activities. This includes hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, and so on.
The campground has a total of 17 sites, out of which 10 are suitable for RVs. The sites are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The campground fee is applicable at the Echo Lake.
Pets must be on a leash.
An additional fee is chargeable for visitors.
23. Bogan Flats Campground
Enjoy the scenic view of the Crystal River at the Bogan Flats Campgrounds. Dive into a mesmerizing view of nature all around and refresh yourself. The natural area is habitat to a variety of wild animals like Bighorn sheep and bull elk bugle.
The campground houses 35 campsites for visitors, in addition to a host site near the Crystal River. The camping site is suitable for tents, trailers, and RVs. The group site is located away from the main campground and thus is more secluded and private.
The camping fee at this campground is divided into different categories. This includes RV, standard, group, electric and non-electric.
No hook-ups. Maximum RV length is 40 feet.
24. Morefield - Mesa Verde National Park
Experience closeness to nature like never before at the Morefield Campground. The splendid beauty of Mesa Verde will leave you in awe of Mother Nature. 267 campsites are open to tents, trailers, and RVs too.
You can also opt for full hookup RV sites by booking in advance.
The beautiful campsites are situated on loop roads extending through a grassy canyon full of native flowers, deer, Gambel oak scrub, and Wild turkeys.
Pets are allowed at the campsite. The entrance fee is applicable along with camping charges.
25. Great Sand Dunes Oasis
If you want to enjoy the beauty and adventures of sand dunes then head straight to Great Sand Dunes Oasis. The Great Sand Dunes are located on the eastern side of remote San Luis Valley and are the tallest in North America.
The Great Sand Dunes Oasis offers a variety of facilities that include 20 level pull-thru RV sites, tent sites, 30/50 amp electric hookups and much more.
A camping fee is required at this campground. The rates vary for RV site, group site, cabins, and primitive wilderness tent sites.
26. Mueller State Park
Spread over an area of 5112 acres, Mueller State Park is a park in Colorado that offers a beautiful camping experience. You can enjoy the abundant aspen trees and a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountain to the content of your heart.
The campground consists of various camping options like walk-in/tents, RV camping, equestrian campsites, etc. Except for the walk-in tent, each site has electric hookups.
Pets are allowed in Mueller State Park.
Camping charges are applicable.
27. Aspenglen - Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is house to various amazing campgrounds. One of them is the Aspenglen Campground that features 53 campsites within. At the gorgeous Aspenglen campground, you can enjoy lush valleys and craggy peaks.
You can choose to stay in tents or RVs at the campground by paying a camping fee. Staying at the campsite will give you an experience of a lifetime surrounded by Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine, and seasonal wildflowers that fill the meadows.
28. Hermit Park
The Hermit Park is situated at an elevation of 7880-8964 feet, 2 miles southeast of Estes Park. The Park is nestled in the hills, and this makes it an ideal location to be in proximity to nature.
The campground is open from March to December. There are a total of 28 campsites that includes RV sites, tent cabin, group pavilion, and equestrian too. You can avail them by paying a fee.
2 Pets are permissible in the Campground. You need to carry water, linen, and cooking material along.
The entrance fee is applicable.
29. Prospector Campground - White River National Forest
The Prospector Campground is located at an elevation of 9000 feet in the heart of Summit County in the White River National Forest. You can enjoy the beautiful view of the Dillon Reservoir and several mountain ranges. This makes the Prospector Campground an ideal place to relax.
There are 105 sites in the campground that can accommodate tents, RVs, and trailers. Camping fees are applicable on per night basis.
Pets are allowed at the campsite.
30. Estes Park Campground at East Portal
If you wish to enjoy camping amidst nature, then head straight to the Estes Park campground. Situated in Estes Park, Colorado, this campground lets you relax and retreat along the waterside setting.
Pets are welcome at this campsite. The campground is open to RVs and tents. There are 27 small RV sites, 6 standard RV sites, and 27 tent-only sites. The camping charges here are different for the summer and winter season. Different camping rates are applicable for each type of site.
The campsite is in operation from May 20th to September 30th.
31. Alta Lakes Campground
Enjoy camping to the fullest in a beautiful alpine setting at the Alta Lakes Campground. It is located at 11000 feet and gives you a stupendous view of the lakes nearby. You can soak in all the serene and mesmerizing views of nature during your stay.
The access road to the campsite is undeveloped, and hence RVs and trailers are not recommended. The campground hosts 16 primitive sites for camping all-around three lakes.
Pets are allowed. No water available.
32. Gordon Gulch Dispersed Camping Area
The Gordon Gulch camping area is located five miles north of Nederland. This dispersed camping area consists of 15 designated campsites that are scattered along with the road system. However, the road up the campsite is rough as snow and mud persist throughout the year.
The campsite is open to accommodate tents, RVs, and groups too. You can take along your pet at the campsite. Enjoy umpteen natural views all around the campground. Being surrounded by nature away from civilization will help you to relax and return fresh.
33. Saddlehorn Campground
The Saddlehorn Campground is situated within the Colorado National Monument. You can escape into the grandeur of the Grand Valley with pinyon and juniper trees at the Saddlehorn Campground. This campground is nestled in large red rocks and gives you a view of most scenic monoliths and canyons to the southeast.
This campground is huge, with 79 campsites spread out in 3 camping loops (A, B, and C). Loop A and B can accommodate tents and RVs. Whereas, Loop C is suitable for tents and small vehicles.
Pets are allowed with a leash. The camping fee is charged at the campground in addition to the entrance fees.
34. Aspen Meadows Campground
Aspen Meadows Campground is situated in the Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Rocky peaks, aspen loaded forests characterize the State Park, and plenty of wildlife thrives here.
The campground has 35 tent-only sites. You can witness the changing colors of aspen in the fall season. The entire campground appears colorful at this time, and this can be an experience of a lifetime.
Camping at the Aspen Meadows is permitted from May to mid-October only. Reservations have to be made in advance, and the camping fee is payable here.
35. Rabbit Valley
Renowned for its camping, biking, hiking, and off-roading activities, the Rabbit Valley is located in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. You can have the most adventurous camping experience here amidst nature.
Rabbit Valley consists of several dispersed campsites and free campgrounds. The campgrounds include Knowles Overlook Campground, Jouflas Campground, and Castle Rocks Campground.
There is a separate RV area that is 0.5 miles from I-70 Exit 2. This area can easily host large RV’s.
36. Steamboat Lake State Park
Enjoy clean air, blue Sky, and umpteen recreational activities at Steamboat Lake State Park. Located in northern Colorado, this State Park is at an elevation of 8100 feet, nestled at the base of Hahn’s peak.
You can relax, undertake several activities, or gaze at the beautiful natural beauty all around. There are as many as 188 campsites that can accommodate tents, motor homes, trailers, and RVs as well.
In addition to the camping fee, all vehicles must have a parking pass to access the park. You may take along your dogs to the campsites, but they must be on a leash at all times.
37. Rifle Gap State Park
The Rifle Gap State Park is just 15 minutes away from downtown Rifle. The park has a variety of outdoor activities and sports to offer thanks to the 350-acre reservoir lake. You can enjoy boating, swimming, fishing, and water skiing amidst the rugged wilderness.
Camping is also a wonderful experience at the Rifle Gap State Park. You can spend a wonderful time simply gazing at the mesmerizing and serene nature around the campground.
There are 89 campsites, most of which are lake-side. You can get your tents, small trailers, or RVs for camping.
The entrance fee is payable in addition to camping fees.
38. North Rim Campground - Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
The Black Canyon offers some of the most exciting adventures for all its visitors. The North Rim campground is on the northern rim of the Park and has 13 campsites, which are pretty much shaded.
While at the North Rim, you can breathe in the crisp air and enjoy the most scenic canyon views. The Campground is open all round the year. However, drinking water is available only from mid-May to mid-October.
Camping fee is applicable per night per sight.
39. Lake Pueblo State Park
With 400 campsites, Lake Pueblo State Park is a must-visit campground for sun-lovers and water-sports enthusiasts. It is one of the most popular campgrounds in Colorado to enjoy the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains.
The campground is 10000 acres large, and there is enough space to accommodate a big crowd. The 4600 acres of surface water will want you to try out various water sports.
The campground is suitable for tents, trailers, pick-up campers, motor homes, and RVs with camping fees.
You can swim, sail, sunbathe, or simply relax at Lake Pueblo State Park.
40. Rifle Falls State Park
Bask in the beauty of the only triple waterfall of 70 feet in the Rifle State Park. The soothing sound of the waterfall surrounded with natural beauty is sure to leave you spellbound. The Rifle Falls State Park is the perfect camping spot for all nature enthusiasts.
Take pleasure in a tent camping or an RV. The Rifle fall houses 13 drive-in and 7 walk-in campsites, which are chargeable on a per night basis. The existence of the hidden caves near the falls adds to the thrill of visiting this place.
41. Amphitheater Campground
Near the town of Ouray in Colorado, lies a beautiful campground-Amphitheater. Surrounded by beautiful scenic views and several hiking trails, this campground attracts nature lovers.
Named after the natural rock Amphitheater that stands over Ouray, this campground is surrounded by a forest of Gambel oak trees and mixed conifers.
35 sites accommodate tents and RVs up to 25 feet.
Pets are permitted but must be leashed.
There are different camping rates for night stay and day picnic.
42. White Star Campground
At the foot of Colorado’s highest peak (Mt. Elbert) lies this quaint campground called White Star. The campground is a wonderful spot to go camping and enjoy a host of other adventurous activities in the nearby trails and Twin Lakes reservoir.
The campground has three loops- Sage, Ridge, and Valley loop. There are as many as 66 sites for tents, RVs, motorhome, etc. Campsites are chargeable.
43. Rainbow Lakes Campground
Located adjacent to the Indian Peaks Wilderness, the Rainbow Lakes Campground offers some fantastic views around. The campground has 18 campsites that are available on a first-come, first-served basis, chargeable per night.
There is no water, electricity, hookups, and showers at the campground. You can stay in a tent, RV, trailer, or other vehicles that fits the parking spur. Pets with leash are allowed at the campsite.
44. Oh Be Joyful Campground
Filled with endless opportunities for adventure activities, the Oh Be Joyful Campground is just like its name. Situated in the heart of Gunnison National Forest, the campground is an ideal place to soothe your eyes with the stunning views of nature.
If you are visiting the site during fall, you will witness a beautiful golden valley covered with aspen leaves.
There are 15 campsites, half of which are accessible by high clearance vehicles only. However, you can choose to stay in RVs too. Pets are allowed at the campground. The camping fee is applicable.
There are no hookups or portable water resources.
The numbers of camping sites in Colorado are endless. Each campground is unique in its own way and offers variable activities and adventures. With so many breathtaking scenic views and exciting activities, choosing one campsite is impossible. We have shortlisted the best campground places for your convenience. Depending upon their availability, time of operation, and other such aspects, you can select the one that suits you best. Happy Camping!