Want to get away for the weekend? Duh. Haven’t been camping in a while? Perfect. Get your gear ready because we’re leaving the big city for a few days. No need to stress about where to go either…we’ve got that covered. We made a list of 25 great campgrounds within two hours of Denver, Colorado so all you have to do is decide which of them best fit your camping style.
With a variety of campers in mind, we found a campground to suit your every need – whether that’s basic primitive camping or deluxe-cabin glamping. From mountain biking, to windsurfing, to rock climbing on limestone cliffs, these Denver area campgrounds offer a variety of adventurous outdoor activities. The incredible views of the Rocky Mountains or one of the many pristine Colorado lakes aren’t so bad either.
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Chatfield State Park : Littleton, COIts hard to believe that this campground is located just outside the Denver metro area. Chatfield State Park is situated in Littleton, CO and is home to beautiful rolling foothills and abundant wildlife. The park’s reservoir waters make for excellent boating, skiing, sailing, or fishing, and the 26 miles of hiking and biking trails will keep everyone busy all afternoon. There are 197 campsites to choose from, all with electrical hookups and many with water and sewer hookups as well. It is best to call ahead and make a reservation if you plan to stay during the summer. If you aren’t afraid of heights, hot-air ballooning has become popular at Chatfield State Park, so feel free to BYOB (bring your own balloon).
Cherry Creek Campground : Aurora, COThis campground offers a great weekend getaway for the whole family. Just a little East of Denver, Cherry Creek Campground is centered around the 880-acre Cherry Creek Reservoir and offers a variety of recreational water activities including jetskiing and swimming. If you’d rather stay dry, there are horseback riding trails throughout the grounds, shooting ranges, and a space to fly model airplanes. Cherry Creek has 131 campsites that accommodate tents and RVs with 50 amp full hookup pull-throughs. There is also wifi onsite and a designated dog park area. We love this campground not only for the numerous amenities, but also because the tall trees provide natural shade to keep you cool.
Hillcrest Village RV Resort : Aurora, CONot far from Cherry Creek, Hillcrest Village RV Resort offers a small-town, homey feel just miles away from the big city. The large, tree lined RV sites are equipped with a lawn and large concrete pad, and some of them also have a carport or storage shed for your extra belongings. There is a playground for the kids, a swimming pool to cool off from the heat, and a spa to relax after a long day. Hillcrest Village is very close to many excellent shopping centers and is only a short drive from the Rocky Mountains – a perfect place to do some outdoor exploring. Don’t forget to bring your pet…they are welcome too!
Camp Dick Campground : Aurora, COThis is a fun place for all of you history lovers. Located an hour and a half from Denver, Camp Dick Campground was established in the 1930s as a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. It sits on the banks of the Middle Saint Vrain Creek, a well-know spot for fly fishing. Mountain biking along the many scenic trails is another popular activity at Camp Dick. All campsites accommodate both tents and RVs – each including a picnic table and a fire ring with a grill rack. There are no showers on site so if you need to rinse off you may need to find one of the nearby lakes.
Aurora, CO 80011
Tent & RV: $22-$38
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Cold Springs Campground : Idaho Springs, COLocated in the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest, Cold Springs Campground is another great campground within two hours of Denver. The 38-mile drive on the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway will get you excited before you even arrive. The grounds offer a variety of hiking trails that vary in difficulty–an easy trail leading out of the campground for families with small children and a steep but shorter trail that will reward hikers with a spectacular view at the top. Cold Springs has 38 campsites available for tents and RVs, however RVs with slide-outs will not fit. Vault toilets are also accessible onsite. If you’re traveling by Jeep, Cold Springs has awesome off-road trails.
Rainbow Lakes Campground : Nederland, COThe definition of a small, primitive campground for those that want a true camping experience. Rainbow Lakes Campground is a little over an hour north of Denver and suitable for tents only. The Rainbow Lakes Trail will take you on a short hike to a string of ponds that are great for fishing. Take the Glacier Rim Trail up the ridge instead for a beautiful overlook of the Arapaho Glacier. This campground has 18 different sites that are all first come, first serve so be sure to arrive early. There is a picnic table and fire ring located at each site and vault toilets are accessible as well. Rainbow Lakes doesn’t have drinking water available though so don’t forget to bring some with you!
Nederland, CO 80466
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Kelly Flats Campground : Fort Collins, COAlso in the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forest, Kelly Flats Campground gives off a rather peaceful ambiance. It has 29 sites available, 19 accommodate RVs up to 65-feet with no hookups, and the other ten sites are for tents only. The tall conifer trees provide plenty of privacy between each site. The Cache La Poudre River runs right through Kelly Flats Campground and is the only river in Colorado designated as a “Wild and Scenic River” by the National Park Service, allowing for many fishing opportunities. Anglers can expect to catch several types of trout including rainbows, browns, cuttbows, and cutthroats.
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Tent & RV: $20
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Moraine Park Campground : Estes Park, COWe love this campground for its breath-taking views. Northwest of Denver, Moraine Park Campground lies in Rocky Mountain National Park and offers countless opportunities for adventure. Within the park there are 355 miles of hiking trails, three different lakes for water activities, and multiple waterfalls to keep you busy all weekend. There are 245 sites at this campground that are available on a first come, first serve basis. They can accommodate tents, RVs, and trailers but there are no hookups at any of the sites. There are also group sites ranging from small to large that are suitable for 10-40 people.
Guanella Pass Campground : Idaho Springs, COLocated an hour and fifteen minutes west of Denver, Guanella Pass is a little campground with only 18 sites. 12 of these sites are compatible with RVs and the other seven are better for tents. Each site comes with a picnic table, fire grate, and tent pad, and restrooms are available throughout the grounds. Guanella Pass sits at an elevation of 10,900 feet in the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest – awesome for wildlife viewing. If you hike the Silver Dollar Lake trail above the tree line, you can see panoramic views of the pristine lake. If you want to venture to a nearby attraction, Georgetown, a historic mining town is just down the road.
Guanella Pass Rd
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Tent & RV: $17
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Aspenglen Campground : Estes Park, COLocated in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, Aspenglen Campground is one of our favorites within two hours of Denver. The tall mix of trees on the grounds provide the perfect amount of shade and sun for all of your daily activities. Hiking, biking, swimming, and fishing are just a few of the many things to do at Aspenglen. This campground has 53 campsites for both tents and small RVs up to 30 feet, but there are no water, electric, or sewer hookups available. The campground is only open from late May to late September so reserve a spot early!
Denver East KOA : Strasburg, COWhether you want to stay in a cabin, RV, trailer, or tent, Denver East KOA can accommodate every camper’s style. It’s “big rig–friendly” sites have pull-throughs and back-ins up to 73 feet and offer 30 and 50 amp full hookups. Among the many campground amenities including a playground for the kids, a hot tub, clean restrooms, and hot showers, Denver East KOA even has an RV wash (like a car wash but for your RV)! Because you’re only a short trip from the big city, there is plenty to do if you want to travel offsite. The Denver Zoo, Coors Field, Colorado History Museum, and Coors Brewery are all just a few miles away.
Carter Lake Campground: Loveland, COAn extremely popular park for many travelers and long-term residents. It is right on the edge of the Columbia River with excellent views of the water. All of the sites are paved and have a 20amp, 30amp, or 50amp full hookup option. We recommend this park because of its close proximity to downtown Portland and within walking distance to lots of dining and shopping. Columbia Edgewater Golf Course is also just down the road. This park offers free wifi, a place to do laundry, and an area for your pets to run without a leash. Reservations are required so be sure to call ahead!
1800 South Country Rd. 31
Loveland, CO 80537
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Bellaire Lake Campground : Red Feather Lakes, COBellaire Lake Campground has it all. It is part of the Red Feather Lakes area that offers an outdoor playground for everyone all year. It is comprised of several beautiful lakes, rolling hills, unique rock formations, and pine forests. Canoeing, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding are just a few popular pastimes to keep the whole family busy. Bellaire Lake Campground has single, double, and triple family sites with electrical hookups and five other sites designated for tent-only camping. If you want to venture offsite, Red Feather Lakes Village is just down the road and offers multiple dining and shopping options, as well as a library, post office, and golf course.
4545 Manhattan Road
Tent & RV: $20-$60
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Painted Rocks Campground : Woodland Park, COA rustic campground named after the nearby sandstone outcroppings covered in streaks of color – resembling those of an artist’s paintbrush. Painted Rocks Campground is situated on the edge of a grassy meadow, not too far from Manitou Lake. If you like bird watching, this is the campground for you as there are many waterfowl and songbirds in the area. There are also a couple of ATV trails for you off-road enthusiasts. Painted Rocks offers single family tent and RV sites that come equipped with a fire ring and picnic table. Vault toilets and drinking water are accessible from the campsites.
Buffalo Creek Campground : Bailey, COAn hour’s drive southwest of Denver, the spectacular views along the way will get you even more excited for your weekend getaway. Buffalo Creek Campground has 37 single sites, some for RVs and others for tents only. Toilets and drinking water are accessible but no hookups are available. This campground is home to over 40 miles of scenic trails for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. Buffalo creek is also a popular fishing spot for brook trout. This is a wonderful campground for individuals or families to escape and enjoy the great outdoors.
28718 Redskin Creek Rd
Bailey, CO 80421
Tent & RV: $16-$18
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Parry Peak Campground : Leadville, COSome of the best creek-side camping near Denver. Parry Peak has many shaded sites with plenty of privacy that are available on a first come first serve basis. The sites accommodate tents and RVs up to 32 feet but there are no hookups. Recreational activities in Parry Peak include boating, swimming, and fishing on the large Twin Lakes, as well as hiking on the Colorado trail that extends all the way from Denver to Durango – 500 miles! If you want to see some breathtaking panoramic views, climb up to nearby Mount Elbert’s summit that sits at 14,433 feet.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park : Colorado Springs, COAny type of camper will love it here. Cheyenne Mountain State Park is an hour and a half from Denver and a great place to connect with the outdoors. The park is located on 2,700 acres of prairie to peak ecosystems. The campground has 51 full service RV hookup sites and 10 walk-in tent sites, both with easy access to restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. Group sites are available for campers traveling in large numbers. Cheyenne Mountain State Park also offers an archery range for those that want to practice their aim on regular, field, and 3D targets.
410 JL Ranch Heights
Colorado Springs, CO 80926
Tent & RV: $18-$30
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Sand Gulch Campground : Cañon City, COTen miles north of Cañon City, Colorado, Sand Gulch Campground lies on well-known Shelf Road. This campground is definitely a bang for your buck. Known particularly for its outstanding collection of rock climbing cliffs, visitors are drawn in by its many routes that vary in difficulty. There are plenty of hiking trails too for those of you that prefer to stay on the ground. Sand Gulch Campground has 16 individual sites and 1 group site that accommodate mostly tents. Each site comes with a fire ring and picnic table, and restrooms aren’t too far away. Sites are available on a first come first serve basis so be sure to get there early.
Cañon City, CO 81212
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Mueller State Park : Divide, COAnimal lovers – this one’s for you. Mueller State Park is two hours from Denver and full of abundant wildlife. It is home to black bears, elk, hawks, mule deer, and many other bird and small mammal species. Campers can enjoy year-round recreational activities including hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and sledding and cross country skiing in the winter. Not only does Mueller State Park offer sites for tents and RVs, but it also has yurts and cabins available for rent. If you want to try something a little different, this park has five different geocaches located throughout.
21045 Highway 67 South
Divide, CO 80814
Tent & RV:$20-$26
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Green Ridge Campground : Granby, COIf you don’t mind the extra half hour drive from Denver, Green Ridge campground is an awesome place to camp for the weekend. It is nestled between the Colorado River and Shadow Mountain Reservoir, making it an excellent spot for fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing. Many visitors enjoy whitewater rafting as well. Green Ridge campground has 73 sites for tents and RVs, with flush toilets close by. Pack lots of sunscreen and prepare for plenty of sun – due to pine beetles that eat at the trees, this campground doesn’t provide much shade.
Sunset Point Campground : Granby, COOn the shores of Lake Granby, this campground is a great vacation spot within two hours of Denver. There are 25 non-electric sites that accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs, all with plenty of shade to stay out of the hot sun. Each site comes with a tent pad, picnic table, and fire ring for all of your camp cooking. Lake Granby offers various water activities including boating, swimming, fishing, and canoeing. The lakefront sites give panoramic views of nearby Table Mountain. Other sites overlook a large meadow with other towering meadows in the distance.
Granby, CO 80446
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Cow Creek Campground : Heeney, COIn White River National Forest, Cow Creek Campground sits on the northeast shore of the Green Mountain Reservoir. Because of its vast landscape of rivers, mountains, trails, and forest roads, this is area is one of the top recreation forests in the nation. Boating, fishing, canoeing, water skiing, windsurfing, and off-roading are just a few of the many possible outdoor activities. Cow Creek has 44 sites that are suitable for tents, trailers, and RVs to fit everyone’s camping style. Be on the lookout for wildlife too – bighorn sheep and elk often stroll through the Green Mountain area.
Highway 9 North
Heeney, CO 80498
Tent & RV: $13-$26
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Stillwater Campground : Granby, COThis is a great spot for anglers. Situated on Lake Granby just two hours from Denver, Stillwater Campground has a boat ramp and dock so avid anglers have a chance at catching some of the many kokanee salmon and brown, rainbow, mackinaw, and cutthroat trout. If you aren’t into fishing, boating, sailing, swimming, hiking, and horseback riding are other popular activities on the grounds. Stillwater Campground offers 129 sites – 21 with electric hookups – for both tents and RVs. Flush toilets and hot showers are also provided to keep you feeling fresh.
Lowry Campground : Dillon, COLowry Campground is located between Summit Cove and Breckenridge, Colorado in the White River National Forest. It is nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains – the spectacular 360-degree views are endless. The nearby Dillon Reservoir offers 27 miles of shoreline for fishing, boating, sailing, and swimming. There are plenty of hiking and biking trails too for those who want to stay away from the water. Lowry Campground has 28 sites that work for tents, trailers, and RVs but there are only a few electrical hookups. Drinking water is not available onsite so make sure to bring some with you!
Bill Moore Lake/Empire Loop : Empire, COJust 45 miles from Denver, Bill Moore Lake is a serene spot perfect for camping. You can access the lake by the Empire Loop, a lightly used trail with excellent views. This area offers a network of roads and trails for off-road vehicles but they are very rocky and steep so make sure you know what you’re doing – the ATV roads are considered “very difficult.” For those who want to be a little less extreme, there are excellent hiking and biking trails too. Undeveloped camping areas are dispersed throughout the Loop for both tents and RVs. These are very primitive sites so make sure you bring water and other essentials with you.