Best Camping in Colorado

Camping in Colorado

Camping in Colorado

By Nathan Swartz

From RV Parks across the Centennial State to an abundance of free and beautiful camping in the Rocky Mountains, the state holds some of the most gorgeous spots you'll find in the US. If you're looking for the best places to camp in Colorado, you can easily filter through hundreds of camping spots to find your perfect spot, whether that be a secluded national forest, scenic state park, or luxury RV resort.

See a map of all camping in Colorado.

Colorado State Parks

The state parks scattered across this stretch of the Rockies require a day pass - which can be purchased for $80 annually or around $10 per day and give you access to the best of both worlds when it comes to RV and tent camping. State park campsites are often spacious, near recreational activities such as alpine lakes or trailheads, and comforts like showers, hookups, flushing toilets, and even laundry in some cases.

State parks in Colorado can be found from Steamboat Springs to Buena Vista, Grand Lake to Grand Junction, and nearly all points in between.

See all Colorado State Park Campgrounds.

Colorado National Parks

Home to four national parks, the state's rugged mountain terrain, and dramatic climate changes as the elevation wavers, making places like Rocky Mountain National Park and Colorado National Monument some of the best camping in Colorado.

Looking for Black Canyon of the Gunnison camping? Or Mesa Verde camping? Want to know exactly where you can find tent camping in Colorado national parks? Don't forget about Curecanti National Recreation Area, Dinosaur National Monument, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Curious if there are any year-round national parks where you can camp? We've got you covered!

RV Parks in Colorado

When you'd prefer the Life of Riley to the rough and tumble, private RV parks offer convenience in a community setting in towns across the state. From camping near Colorado Springs to Estes Park, Colorado RV parks make for some of the most comfortable campsites to get you plugged in and ready to explore.

See the Best RV Parks in Colorado.

Free Camping in Colorado

This is where the state truly shines, as the multitude of national forests and BLM land host the lion's share of free campsites. From free camping near the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area to Red Feather Lakes and along the edges of just about every mountain, forest and lake, you'll find pristine places to camp for the whopping price of absolutely zilch.

The only problem you'll have is getting used to paying for camping when you finally leave the state.

See The Best Free Camping in Colorado.

Colorado National Forests

Whether you're dead set on finding free camping or can't get enough of tall pines and plenty of shade, the 13 national forests in Colorado have more than enough room for any type of camper. In some places, like Twin Lakes, Colorado, camping will be bare bones and with dramatic views. Other campgrounds, such as those you'll find near the Arkansas River, will offer amenities like fire rings, vault toilets, and picnic tables in exchange for a few bucks.

Regardless of the size of your rig, finding a spot to call home in Colorado is guaranteed not to disappoint!

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Recent Colorado Campground Reviews

Grand Lake, CO

Green Ridge Campground

Sep 21, 2023

"Beautiful views!"

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Several FF sites, we ended up on #77. Very close to Rocky Mountain National Park. Sketchy cell phone coverage. Our foolish neighbor kept his trash out overnight, and a bear had a feast! Generators are okay. The site was very level

Sep 21, 2023

"Nice Campground."

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We stayed for a few days so I could visit with my brother. We had to enter on the east side of the park because of flooding.We had full hook ups and it was a nice pull through site. Good cell phone coverage

Colorado Springs, CO

Goldfield RV Park

Sep 21, 2023

"Nice campground"

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We were greeted by the maintenance crew as we approached our site. The laundry room is nice and spacious! The showers, not so much!! We were warned of spiders and a bear and saw neither!

Westcliffe, CO

Alvarado Campground

Sep 21, 2023

"I loved this campground!"

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Beautiful views! Larry, the campground host, was great! Lots of /FF. Generators ok

"Great Spot Near Crested Butte"

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We loved our stay at Washington Gulch (Sept 2023). Temps can get in the low 30s at night this time of year and highs were in the low 60s. Site 21 is a very large site with no obstructions for solar and/or Starlink. As others have mentioned but advised you will be visited by cows on a daily basis. One other thing to keep in mind there are a...
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