OK, so summer doesn’t “officially” begin for another few weeks, but do you know what? Memorial Day weekend has come and gone which to me means it’s summertime in the Centennial State. If you are ready to partake in a little summer camping, be sure to check out these 11 extraordinary rustic Colorado locations:
1. Echo Lake (Evergreen)
Technically, you're not too far from the city (a little over 30 miles from Denver, to be exact), but the campground at the base of Mount Evans will make you feel like you're millions of miles away from the ordinary.
2. Saddlehorn Campground (Fruita)
Imagine falling asleep and waking up to this incredible view of Colorado National Monument... it doesn't get much better, folks.
3. Jackson Lake State Park (Orchard)
Eastern Colorado's favorite camping spot? Aside the gorgeous 2,411-acre Jackson Lake, of course!
4. Difficult Campground (Aspen)
Don't let the name fool you; there is nothing "difficult" about these grounds, which are located just outside of Aspen near the stunning Maroon Lake.
5. Lost Creek Wilderness (Pike National Forest)
Whether you camp at a designated campground or pick a secluded area, you don't want to lose your chance at sleeping under the stars and between these unique granite domes and arches.
6. Great Sand Dunes Oasis (Mosca)
No matter your preference (tent, RV, or cabin), the Great Sand Dunes Oasis has the perfect spot for you, just minutes away from the Great Sand Dunes themselves.
7. Morefield Campground (Mesa Verde National Park)
Get more bang for your buck (and make even more memories) when you stay at Morefield Campground, which is conveniently located within the actual Mesa Verde National Park.
8. Vallecito Reservoir (San Juan National Forest)
Whether you love fly fishing, panning for gold, or water sports, a spot next to the San Juan National Forest's Vallecito Reservoir is the perfect spot for you.
9. Guanella Pass (Georgetown)
Do you have somebody in your family who isn't a fan of the great outdoors? Bring them (and a tent) to Guanella Pass; that'll change their anti-camping tune in a jiffy!
10. Vista Verde Ranch (Steamboat Springs)
Still can't get 'em to commit to a night outdoors? Then your next best option is to book one of the luxurious accommodations at Vista Verde's popular "glampgrounds."
11. San Isabel National Forest
As it turns out, not only does man enjoy camping at San Isabel; so does his best friend!