Colorado is all about the outdoors and being in the mountains; hiking, biking, skiing, camping, etc. So of course we had to create a list of some of the best spots in Colorado for your summer adventures!
Among the 612,000-acres of Roosevelt National Forest is the Red Feather Lakes campgrounds. It sits near the Cache La Poudre River
making a perfect spot for whitewater rafting, kayaking and fishing. Other local attractions include Beaver Meadows Stables that provide horseback riding and sleigh rides during the winter as well as the Shambhala Mountain Center which is a Buddhist retreat that hosts meditation sessions for peace and tranquility
Just 30 miles from Denver, with more than 12,000 acres of dense forest and 156 camping sites there are tons of awesome spots for mountain biking, horseback riding, and winter sports. They have tent camping available all year round, but they are available on first-come, first-serve basis. If you can try to get away during the week or at least avoid getting there late on Friday or Saturday night
Turquoise lake campgrounds are just outside of Leadville. They have about 300 campsites in the area spread across eight different campgrounds. It’s a great spot for fishing with 2 boat-launching ramps and species including mackinaw trout, rainbow trout, and brook trout. Due to the elevation of almost 10,000 feet, the camping sites are only open during the summer season so get in there while you can!
The area contains 19 of Colorado’s 53 Fourteeners so this is a great spot for hiking enthusiasts. It’s perfect for both hammock and tent camping and offers plenty of tree cover: the 20 available campsites are wooded with Colorado’s iconic aspens and spruce trees, and are located alongside a pleasant, babbling creek. Near Buena Vista and Salida, the first-come, first-served spots at this campground get snapped up quick so plan accordingly.
Haviland Lake is 18 miles north of Durango in the San Juan National Forest. They have 43 total campsites and 26 of those sites are reservable. They have a lot of amenities to make your camping experience easier including water, trash pickup, campfire rings, picnic tables, restrooms, firewood, and some electrical hookups.
No list of Colorado campgrounds would be complete without a site in RMNP. Timber Creek is on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park with more than 90 camp sites including 30 tent-only sites. It sits just along the Colorado River and not too far from Grand Lake. They have a TON of the normal amenities but they also have a small outdoor amphitheater where rangers present programs and seminars about the park.
All campground names are hyperlinked so you can easily access websites with the most up to date information and help you prepare for your next camping excursion.
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