If there’s one thing Colorado can brag about, it’s an abundance of picturesque campgrounds. Camping in the mountains is a unique experience that brings many tourists to our state every summer. With plenty of outdoor activities and amazing natural scenery, it’s no wonder! From great hiking and rafting to rock climbing, swimming, and boating, here are five of the best places to pitch a tent in Colorado.
Located just outside of the small mountain town of Crested Butte, Oh Be Joyful campground and recreation area offers 15 camping spots in a beautiful mountain setting beside the Oh Be Joyful creek. The campsite is tucked away enough to feel secluded, but is also near restaurants and modern stores. Site rental is just $10 per night and the campsite is open year-round.
One of the most photographed scenes in all of Colorado, the Maroon Bells peaks and lake located near Aspen are a must for any avid outdoorsman. There are three main campsites available along Maroon Creek Road: Silver Bar, Silver Bell and Silver Queen. Each offers its own unique views, and with plenty of hiking, fishing, and rafting opportunities nearby, you’re sure to stay busy in this beautiful setting.
San Isabel National Forest
Near Leadville lies the San Isabel National Forest, a beautiful expanse of mountain scenery and the bright blue Turquoise Lake. Visit this recreational area for breathtaking views and great camping right on the lake. You can also mountain bike or hike along the Mineral Belt Trail loop just four miles from the campsite area.
Cache La Poudre
The Cache La Poudre River byway runs from Fort Collins to Walden, and there are campsites all along the way. Being right on the river, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for fishing, rafting and hiking at every turn. If you’re in the Fort Collins area, you might also look into visiting Rocky Mountain National Park for more great camping.
Great Sand Dunes
Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Visit the Great Sand Dunes in Southeastern Colorado. This national park features lots of interesting flora and fauna, as well as beautiful towering dunes that are big enough to sled down! There are several campgrounds in the park, but the most famous is Pinion Flats. It is open from April to October.
Whether you’re a tent camper, RV traveler, or enjoy putting the seats down in your SUV for sleeping under the stars, you’re sure to find a great place to experience the outdoors this summer. From all of us here at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there!