We’re right smack dab in the middle of summer, Colorado. Have you gotten your camp on? Whether you have or have not, now is the perfect time to pitch a tent, eat your weight in gooey s’mores and visit these 10 unforgettable spots for some of the best camping in Colorado.
1.) Crested Butte
Why camp at Crested Butte? Well, aside from the fact that there are over 27 campgrounds in Crested Butte/Gunnison alone, the area offers a variety of amenities, including utility hookups and secluded areas that can only be accessed by foot.
2.) San Isabel National Forest
Enjoy camping in a meadow setting? San Isabel has that. Pine dotted mountaintops? San Isabel has that too! Alpine Lake? Duh. No matter your preference, San Isabel's large area has something to satisfy everyone.
3.) Steamboat Lake State Park
What could be better than starting (and ending!) your day with beautiful views and crisp mountain air? Nothing -- and Steamboat Lake has all of the above!
4.) Pinyon Flats Campground (Great Sand Dunes National Park)
Camping at Pinyon Flats is an experience unlike any other. Where else are you within walking distance of the largest sand dunes in the U.S.?
5.) 4 Eagle Ranch (Vail)
Not your regular camping experience by any means, but still worth noting because "glamping" (glamorous camping) is a thing, and people will shell out big bucks to stay at the gorgeous Ranch.
6.) Grand Mesa National Forest
This large, forested area is home to 10 different campgrounds, a whopping 300 lakes and reservoirs, and even quaint cabins available for rent.
7.) Ridgway State Park
Ridgway, with its three campgrounds, is a favorite to many because of its stunning reservoir and tranquil environment unlike any other.
8.) Dunton Hot Springs (Dolores)
Not your average campsite, but still worth noting because the views are out-of-this-world, the accommodations are pristine and it is right next to some of the best fly fishing in the state.
9.) John Martin Reservoir State Park (Hasty)
Let's not forget the ample camping opportunities in eastern Colorado! John Marin Reservoir is truly the "sapphire of the plains" with its two peaceful, uncrowded lakeside campgrounds.
10.) Chatfield State Park (Littleton)
No time to escape the confines of the city? No problem! Chatfield is conveniently located just south of Denver and features grassy campsites within walking distance of the reservoir.