Colorado Campground with a View
Find a Stunning Colorado Campground
Wake up in a Colorado campground with a dewy forest encircled by mountains and crisp high country air, with your coffee in hand and last night’s campfire clinging to your clothes. All you have to do is look forward to the fresh day of adventure ahead —that’s quintessential Colorado camping. Throw in a rushing river or pristine alpine lake; you’ve got pure bliss. After a few camping experiences you might long for more. That's when it's time to try backpacking.
Whatever your scene—car camping, tent camping, drive-up with your pop-up camper and your dogs or kids—these Colorado campsites deliver the goods.
Estes Park Camping
Early booking is necessary to score one of this coveted Rocky Mountain National Park campground’s 247 sites. Moraine Park Campground sits at 8,160 feet just inside the east entrance to the popular national park. Iconic peaks line the landscape and lush, often elk-filled, Moraine Park sprawls out before you. Enjoy free shuttles to Bear Lake hiking trailheads and downtown Estes Park’s restaurants and shops. Check out our recommended Rocky Mountain National Park hikes. Each Colorado campsite holds up to eight people and two tents, or one vehicle, one RV, or smaller camper. Expert advice: Expect the campground to fill by early afternoon every day in July and August, and weekends in June and September.
Tucked-away just south of historic Leadville is Twin Lakes Reservoir. A really sweet summer cool-down spot with idyllic mountain views, including soaring snow-capped Mount Elbert—Colorado’s tallest peak. Wake up surrounded by fragrant lodgepole and ponderosa pines adjacent to 2,805-acre crystal blue Twin Lakes. Lakeview Campground features generous spaces perfect for tent, RV and group camping, easy access to Mount Massive Wilderness hiking and backpacking trails, and a segment of the famed Continental Divide Trail. Spend the day fishing and cruising around the reservoir before retiring to your gorgeous campground on a bluff above the lake. Tip: You’re camping at 9,500 feet. Be sure to pack layers, down jackets, hats and gloves.
Follow a timeworn dirt road north of town to the secluded Gunnison National Forest campground in a valley along the Slate River. The namesake joy ensues from the 15-site campground’s surrounding summer waterfalls, vibrant wildflowers, and the aspen-loaded valley's views. The Elk Mountains are your playground, with hiking and backpacking trails and some of the state’s top mountain biking, paddling and fly-fishing out your front door. Fire rings and picnic tables dot these clean, low-fee, first-come BLM sites, and most of them enjoy direct river access. If you forget something, town is just a 15-minute drive away. Be sure to drive a high-clearance vehicle—the jostling, unpaved road here is rough, and some sites require you to drive across a wheel-well-high river.
Royal View At Royal Gorge RV Park
Campground near Cañon City
For those who like to park it, plug it in and relax, fully powered with full amenities and all the Colorado views and adventures steps away, this is your RV park campground. Luxuriate in the top-rated park’s level pull-through sites with full hookups and the area's largest heated swimming pool. Situated eight miles west of Canon City and one mile from the Royal Gorge Park entrance, it’s easy to pop in and out of Arkansas River rafting, hiking and rock climbing and the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park attractions.
Not into RVs? Surrounding state and national forests serve up tent camping and privately run cabins and ranches dot the rugged and stunning Royal Gorge Region countryside.
By Lisa Blake