Top 9 Places to Go Camping in Colorado

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Colorado is home of 4 National Parks, the Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, as well as 41 State Parks.

Providing Millions of acres of scenic beauty and countless natural wonders, Colorado is a fantastic place to camp and explore the outdoors. With forest, deserts, dunes, rivers, and mountains, you’re sure to find the perfect campground with the ideal scenery. So let’s get started, here are some of the best camping spots in Colorado.

9. Prospector Campground

mountain side with snow capped mountains in the distance
Old Dillon Reservoir By Jessica Lamirand CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / Derivative of Original

This campground, located at 9,000 feet in the White River National Forest, offers views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains, forest, countryside, and also overlooks the Dillon Reservoir. It has five loops, loop D and E are best for larger RVs, with loop D having the most lake view sites and closest access to the lake.

Activities

There are a lot of activities in the area, from hiking and mountain biking in the surrounding mountains to boating, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing Lake Dillon.

Campground Amenities

Prospector Campground is a large campground with 105 tent and RV campsites. Amenities include drinking water and vault toilets, and each campsite has a BBQ Grill, picnic table, fire ring, and food storage locker.

For RVs, there are no utility hookups or dump stations.

Info

Best camping spots include 7, 26, 29, 47, 71, and 73.

GPS: 39.600,-106.043

RV and Tent Camping. $24 Per Site. Restrooms.

8. Stevens Creek Campground

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Located on the north shore of Blue Mesa Reservoir, this campground sits at an elevation of 7,540 feet and offers views of the shrubland and mountains. The mesa landscape is semi-arid, treeless, and covered with sagebrush and receives less than 12 inches of rain annually.

Activities

Some of the activities in the area include Jet skiing, windsurfing, boating canoeing, and salmon fishing. For hikers looking for a trail, there’s the 1.5 mile Neversink Trail, which meanders along a stream populated with cottonwoods, willows, and wildflowers. For those that like birding, there is a chance to see the black-billed magpie.

Campground Amenities

This campground has 53 tent and RV campsites, many of which offer waterfront camping, amenities are drinking water, and vault Toilets. Each campsite has a paved parking spur, picnic table, and a fire ring with a BBQ grill.

RV visitors, there are no utility hookups or dump stations.

Info

Popular Campsites include 2A, 4A, 6A, 7A, and 9A

GPS: 38.487, -107.092

RV and Tent Camping. $16 Per Site. Restrooms.

7. Cement Creek Campground

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Cement Creek Campground, located in the Gunnison National Forest (within 15 miles of Crested Butte), offers incredible views of the surrounding landscape. The landscape is mostly populated with aspen in a narrow valley, with views of the mountains and craggy cliff faces.

Activities

Activities include hiking the 3.2-mile Cement Creek Trail that winds along cement creek. Also, there is mountain biking, ATV and motorcycle riding, fishing, and spelunking are also big favorites.

Campground Amenities

It’s a small campground with 13 tent and RV campsites, vault toilets, but no water. However, each site has a picnic table and a fire ring.

RV info, there are no hookups or dump station at this campground.

Info

Popular Campsites include 1, 3, 4, 8, 9, and 10.

GPS: 38.828, -106.835

RV and Tent Camping. $14 Per Site. Restrooms.

6. St. Louis Creek Campground

creek running between trees
A Creek Flowing Through a Forest

Located in Arapaho National Forest, this campground sits at an elevation of 8,861 feet and offers views of vast forests and snow-covered mountains. Running adjacent to the campground is the St. Louis Creek with easy access for water activities.

If your looking for a campsite with views this on will not disappoint, the area around the camp was recently cleared, and the views are better then ever.

Activities

Top activities in the area are mountain biking, boating as well as fishing, Kayaking, and Canoeing. Hiking is the favorite of campers in the are, with great trails like Byers Peak, Fraser Experimental Forest, and Vasquez Peak Wilderness area.

Campground Amenities

There are 16 tent and RV campsites at St. Louis Creek campground, it is also first-come, first-serve. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring, drinking water, and vault toilets.

The maximum vehicle length is 35 feet. There are no hookups or dump stations on site.

Info

Popular Campsites include 2, 7, 8, 10, and 14.

GPS: 39.924, -105.859

RV and Tent Camping. $22 Per Site. Restrooms.

5. Peak One Campground

mountain overlooking lake
Dillon Reservoir. Photo By Jim & Robin Kunze CC BY-NC 2.0 / Derivative of Original

Peak One Campground is located on the Dillon Reservoir, which is encircled by Swan Mountain, and the Tenmile Ranges. Like much of the campgrounds in the are, the bark beetle has taken out a lot of the trees. But the clearing has provided incredible views in every direction.

Activities

There is a full list of activities and places to explore, and you are sure to find one that’s your favorite. Anglers will find a healthy population of rainbow trout, brown trout, as well as cutthroat trout.

Boating and sailing Lake Dillion are also high on the list, as is biking and hiking the more than seven paved miles of the 50-mile Summit County trail system. One of the top trails in the area is the Old Dillion Reservoir Trail. It is a short and easy trail with spectacular views of the Continental Divide and the Tenmile Range.

Campground Amenities

There are 80 tent and RV campsites located across three loops, each site is equipped with a picnic table, and fire ring. Also, there are flush toilets, drinking water, and firewood for sale from the hosts. Pets are welcome at this campground.

Electrical hook-ups are not available, nor is there an RV dump station.

Info

Popular Campsites include 5, 12, 23, 41, 49, and 51.

GPS: 39.584, -106.070

RV and Tent Camping. $23- $34 Per Site. Restrooms.

4. Piñon Flats Campground

campsite facing the sand dunes
Sunset at Pinon Flats Campground-6. Photo By WildEarth Guardians CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 / Derivative of Original

Pinyon Flats Campground in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, sits at an elevation of 7,600 feet. With stunning views of the dunes that spread out over 30 square miles, most of the campsites also have beautiful views of the snow-covered peaks of the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The park also offers a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, forests, lakes, and tundra.

Activities

A few of the activities in the area include hiking through the dunes, sand sledding, and sand surfing. Medano Creek, at the base of the dunes, offers a popular place for kids and adults to splash in the refreshingly cold water. Many hiking trails lead through the park’s forest and alpine terrains, such as the Mosca Pass Trail, Dunes Overlook, and Indian Grove Trail.

Campground Amenities

This beautiful campground has 88 RV and tent campsites in two loops. Some of the campsites have conifer or large cottonwood trees for shade, while others are more open with small pinon trees. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring, paved parking, and nearby vault toilets and water. Pets are allowed, and only eight people per site.

The maximum vehicle length is 35 feet. There are no hookups but, there is a dump station at this campground.

Info

Popular Campsites include 2, 12, 32, 38, 64, and 69.

GPS: 37.7445, -105.5058

RV and Tent Camping. $20-$80 Per Site. Restrooms.

3. Zapata Falls Campground

road leading to mountains
Zapata Falls. Photo By Mobilus In Mobili CC BY-SA 2.0 / Derivative of Original

With Sweeping views of the San Luis Valley, the San Juan Mountains, and nearby Great Sand Dunes National Park, Zapata Falls Campground sits at 9,000 feet. At this altitude, the sunrise, sunset, and night skies are spectacular. If you’re looking for the best camping in colorado, it does not get much better then this.

Activities

Some activities in the area are mountain biking, as well as hiking the many trails. A popular one is the Zapata falls Trail that leads to a deep, narrow chasm through which water tumbles some 30 feet. While providing a refreshing respite in the summer months, winter temperatures turn it into a giant ice sculpture.

Campground Amenities

Zapata Falls has 23 tent and RV campsites. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring, and a food storage locker. There are vault toilets, but no drinking water or trash service. There are two tent/six-person limits on individual sites, and five tent/15-person limits on group sites. Pets are welcome.

For RVs, there are no hookups or dump stations. Parking spurs can handle RVs and trailers up to 50 feet in length.

Info

Popular Campsites include 3, 6, 7, 12, and 13.

GPS:  37.6197, -105.5603

RV and Tent Camping. $11-$20 Per Site. Restrooms.

2. Moraine Park Campground

creek with mountains in the distance
Moraine Park. Photo By Joe Newman CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / Derivative of Original

Moraine Park Campground (sitting at 8,160 feet) is located in the Rocky Mountain National Park and offers spectacular views of the vast park and surrounding mountains. A Pleasant mix of Lodgepole Pine, Douglas fir, and Engelmann spruce, forest the campground.

Grasses, shrubs, and wildflowers grow plentifully throughout the park. With the stunning views and beautiful landscapes, its no surprise that this is one of the best camping spots in Colorado.

Activities

Activities include hiking over 300 miles of trails in the park that range from flat lakeside strolls to steep mountain peak climbs. Some favorites are waterfall trails (Adams Falls, Ouzel Falls, and Alberta Falls) and summit trails (Twin Sisters Peaks, Deer Mountain, and Flattop Mountain). Are you looking for scenic driving routes? Then check out Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road.

Campground Amenities

This large campground has 187 campsites, of which 74 are tent-only, 3 group tent-only, and 62 standard tents and RV. Amenities include picnic tables, fire rings, food storage lockers, restrooms (flush toilets and Vault toilers), drinking water, and firewood vendor. Pets welcome on campgrounds. Loops A, B, C, and D are limited to 8 people, and more than one tent is allowed as long as all tents fit on the pad.

The Maximum Trailer and RV length is 40 feet. There is a dump station, but no hookups.

Info

Popular Campsites include 7, 17, 23, 52, 71, 159, 168 and 183.

GPS:  40.3605, -105.599

RV and Tent Camping. $30-$60 Per Site. Restrooms.

1. Molas Lake Campground

Flyover of Moras Lake Campground

Camping in Colorado does not get any better than this. Sitting at an elevation over 10,000 feet in the San Juan Mountains, with the most spectacular peaks in the Colorado Rockies, this is the most scenic campground in Colorado. Molas Lake Campground provides campers with a stocked 25-acre lake, Nation Forest access vie the Colorado Trail, and a starry sky free from light pollution.

Activities

On-site activities include Fishing Molas Lake, kayaking and standup paddleboarding (can be rented on-site), mountain biking. For hiking, there is direct access to the Colorado Trail from the campground.

Campground Amenities

Moras Lake Campground has over 50 Campsites serving RV and Tent campers. The park has a firewood vendor, vault toilets, pay showers, and potable water. Also, each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring with an attached grill. Pets are welcome. There is a limit of 8 guests and two tents per campsite.

The maximum RV and trailer length is up to 50 feet. There are no hookups or dump stations on-site, the closest dump station is 5 miles in Silverton.

Info

Popular Campsites include 20A, 25, P40 and P42

GPS: 37.7494, -107.6834

RV and Tent Camping. $20-$60 Per Site. Restrooms and Showers.

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