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

Durango, CO

Alpen Rose RV Park

Sep 22, 2021

"Great experience "

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This is a very clean, well-kept park just north of Durango. The staff is really friendly and helpful. If you have a dog, this is the park for you! There is a 2 acre dog park at the front, and it works as a buffer between where the RVs are and 550, so none of the sites are right up on the road. The sites are a little crowded, at least...
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3 reviews
Fleming, CO

Fleming Park

Sep 22, 2021

"City park?"

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We read a review about Fleming Park and RV camping. What it turns out to be is the nice folks of Fleming have an area west of town that is a dirt and weed infested lot with big stickers. The dog got out of the truck and took three steps and stopped moving. What we found out was big stickers were in his paws, he could not move any further We...
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Barry Riven
10 reviews
Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins-Lakeside KOA

Sep 22, 2021

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Very clean well ran KOA. Great location for exploring North of Denver. Beautiful drive to Estes Park. Would definitely stay again

Sean Harman
4 reviews
Divide, CO

Mueller State Park

Sep 22, 2021

"Beautiful Place!"

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Very well done state park. The sites are not on top of one another and it is QUIET. We enjoyed the perfectly manicured site and TREES! I needed a getaway with trees and an open fire. My husband needed something that wasn't too hard to access and some elbow room. We both were happy with this beautiful weekend. We didn't visit any of the...
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Shelley Sun
1 review
Gypsum, CO

Sweetwater Lake

Sep 22, 2021

"Great place. 15 miles off the freeway "

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1/2 miles on dirt road; pretty tight for 26 ft motorhome; very secluded; mostly for hunters

Robert Dimadi
5 reviews