The KELTY headquarters in based in Boulder, CO and as soon as it gets warm out, and the snow begins to melt, we are hitting the hills to find new locations to pitch a tent and go. While new adventures are always amazing, there is something pretty wonderful about returning to the same places. We decided we wanted to share some of these spots with you. Making a list of the best spots to camp in Colorado is almost impossible, but for the Summer of 2016… here are five that we highly recommend.
1.) Saddlehorn Campground
Saddlehorn Campground is the perfect spot for exploring Colorado National Monument. It has beautiful panoramic views of canyons and red stone spires, and the long scenic drive along the landscape is worth the trip. The site provides easy access to hiking trails, back-country desert hiking, a scenic biking loop, and rock climbing. The campground itself is spacious and offers many amenities including toilets, sinks, drinking water, and charcoal grills, however no showers.
2.) Pinyon Flats Campground
Pinyon Flats is located at the foot of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument. In the distance of the vast desert, you can see the snow-capped peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This campground provides showers, but remember to bring your own firewood since the desert environment won’t offer wood. In addition to the enormous sand dunes and the view of the mountains, Medano Creek overflows in May, creating a water park the whole family can enjoy.
3.) Moraine Park Campground
Moraine Park Campground provides the feeling of seclusion and wilderness while still being close to the road. Large rocks dot the meadows, creating some privacy as well as a place for kids to climb and play. Occasionally, you’ll hear the call of a coyote from the site. The only downside is that it gets full in the summer, so make sure to book a reservation well in advance.
4.) The Crags Campground
The Crags Campground has beautiful views without the crowds. You’ll get a panoramic view of the Sangre de Cristo and Collegiate Peaks mountain ranges as well as easy access to the Crags and Devil’s Playground trails. Fourmile Creek runs through the campground, and the small spaces make it best for tents and small trailers. Just keep in mind that the campground is fairly primitive, with only pit toilets for campers. So be prepared to really be in the wild!
5.) Camp Dick
Dog lovers will especially enjoy Camp Dick, which allows dogs on leashes. Located along Middle St. Vrain Creek in a glacial valley, you can’t beat the sites that are right on the creek. The campground is right next to the Indian Peaks Wilderness, and horseback riding, biking, and fishing are all available to campers.