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9 of the Best Places to Camp in Colorado

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By: Oliver
September 22, 2022

It’s no secret that Colorado is one of the most beautiful states in America.

Colorado has everything you could ever want – mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, hunting, camping, the list goes on. The beautiful Colorado mountains and scenery draw in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, making it a very popular option for camping. 

While you might be worried about finding a spot (especially during peak season), there is plenty of land to go around in Colorado.  In fact, camping is one of the state’s most popular pastimes, so you’re sure to find a spot that suits your needs. Whether you’re taking the entire family camping or you’re looking for a weekend getaway with some friends, you’re sure to find the perfect place to spend some time in nature. 

The beautiful thing about Colorado is that it has something for everyone. Before you start planning your camping trip, think about the activities you and your group will want to do. Do you need a family-friendly campground with open grass fields? Are you looking for something more adventurous like rock climbing access? Perhaps you’re looking for a place with a lake where you can swim, kayak, or paddleboard. No matter what you’re searching for, Colorado has the perfect place for you. 

Here at Oliver Travel Trailers, we love seeing new places and exploring the beauty the United States has to offer. Here are a few of our favorite places to camp in Colorado! 

Estes Park 

There are multiple campgrounds to choose from when you visit Estes Park, Colorado! No matter where you choose to stay, you get a gorgeous view of the Rocky Mountains and easy access to hiking trails, tours, shopping, lake access, ATV rentals, and more. Estes Park is often referred to as the “base camp” for Rock Mountain National Park, so you really can’t go wrong when you choose to spend time here. It’s the best place to be during the summer and fall months! 

Ridgway State Park 

Located in Ouray County, Colorado, Ridgway State Park is an absolutely stunning place to camp. It’s only 15 miles from the nearest town so you’re not too far from civilization, but it’s secluded enough that you truly get an escape from the outside world. There are well-kept campgrounds, an amazing reservoir, picnic areas, playgrounds, hiking trails, and more. Some even refer to it as the “Switzerland of America.” 

Rifle Falls State Park 

If you’re looking for a campsite with beautiful mountain views and waterfalls, Rifle Falls is the place for you! The campground has on-site restrooms, parking, grills, and is ADA accessible and pet-friendly. Whether you want to go for a nice nature walk, view some wildlife, or catch a few fish, this fun corner of Colorado will be the perfect getaway for you. 

Roosevelt National Forest 

If you are looking for a true Colorado camping experience, Roosevelt National Forest is the place for you. There are plenty of campground options to choose from, and the forest is accessible year-round (although most people visit in the summer and fall months). This national forest has everything – biking, boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, paddleboarding, climbing, white water rafting – you name it, it’s there. If your group has a mix of people who want to adventure and relax, this is a great option. 

Pagosa Springs 

As you can tell from the name, Pagosa Springs is known for its hot springs! The San Juan river runs through the town, and it’s surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. It’s a beautiful place to take your family and there is plenty to do! From soaking in the hot springs to rafting down the river, you and your loved ones will make lasting memories here (and you’ll want to keep coming back). 

Mueller State Park 

Mueller State Park is another great place to go if you and your group love adventuring. There are so many different outdoor activities to do here, including hiking, biking, year-round camping, hunting, and horseback riding. Plus, you get beautiful views from anywhere in the park. All you have to do is find a campground and you’re set! 

Eleven Mile State Park 

If you’re a fishing enthusiast, Eleven Mile State Park is a great place to visit. It’s one of Colorado’s largest reservoirs and has 325 campsites. You shouldn’t have an issue finding a place to stay! It’s known for its trophy fishing for trout, kokanee, and pike. Aside from fishing, you can go biking, birding, boating, rafting, cross-country skiing, backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing, and more. It’s an amazing place to stay year round! 

Cherry Creek State Park 

Another great place for fishing and water activities, Cherry Creek State Park is perfect for a weekend getaway in Colorado. Plus, the park has amenities like concessions, a gift shop, a marina, on-site parking, picnic areas, a playground, and restrooms. There are countless outdoor activities you can do here, and they also offer bike, fishing boat, jet ski, paddleboat, pontoon, and ski boat rentals. 

Turquoise Lake Recreation Area 

Turquoise lake is one of the most beautiful places in Colorado! There are plenty of campsites to choose from, but if you want to visit, make sure you make a reservation in advance. Holiday weekends tend to fill up the fastest, so keep that in mind when planning your summer! Activities include biking, camping, climbing, fishing, hiking, nature viewing, picnicking, and water activities. It’s a great place to camp for a big group with lots of different interests! 

Before you hook up your trailer and make your way to your destination, make sure the campgrounds have availability. Camping is a popular activity in Colorado that requires some planning and preparation! You shouldn’t have an issue if you’re boondocking, but if you want a nice campground with hookups, you’ll want to think about it in advance. 

Where will you go on your next camping adventure? Let us know in the comments! And if you’re looking for a new camper, visit Oliver Travel Trailers today and we’ll help you find the perfect solution for your needs. 

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