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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!

Recent Colorado Campground Reviews

May 21, 2024

"Beautiful views"

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Don't get discouraged - the first 3/4 to 1 mile looks a bit dubious but the views from the top are worth the trip. Since we camped the first 3 weeks of May, the foliage had not yet presented itself. We camped in the second spot on the right heading up the mountain road. The views are spectacular. Road is a bit wash-board and a little on the...
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Wunderlust
19 reviews
May 21, 2024

"Lots Of People "

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Lots of people. Got there on a Wednesday. Other than that it’s a good spot.

Calypsos Keeper
6 reviews
Canon City, CO

Sand Gulch Campground

May 21, 2024

"Nice Stay"

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BLM has completed a brand new campground at Sand Gulch, 29 campsites plus 2 group sites. It was built to the west of the orignal primitive sites. Most sites are tent / car camping / van sites, but there are several that will take a small to midsize RV / trailer. My trailer is 22' and it fit fine in site 14, which had grea views as most of the...
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gDan
13 reviews
May 20, 2024

"Convenient Stopover"

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We stayed here to visit the Great Sand Dunes on our way elsewhere. The sites were gravel but it was immaculately groomed (dragged at least daily). The campground was very clean and comfortable.

The Franklins
7 reviews
Estes Park, CO

Spruce Lake RV Park

May 20, 2024

"Great Experience!"

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We had a wonderful stay at Spruce Lake. The park itself is located just a few miles from the Beaver Meadows entrance to RMNP. There is a river (the Big Thompson, I believe) that edges part of the park. We weren’t close enough to be able to hear the river from our site, but we did go sit by the river some. There were benches and picnic tables...
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The Franklins
7 reviews