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5 great places to camp in Colorado

By Piper Russell, The Gazette
Published: June 8, 2024, 6:05am

It’s no secret that camping is a dominating activity in Colorado during the summer.

Here are five Colorado towns known for their great camping:

1. Aspen

This mountain town is known for its ski resorts, but it also has great camping. Silver Bar Campground is about 5 miles from Aspen on the banks of Maroon Creek. The Silver Queen Campground is also a short walk from the Maroon Creek. Both campsites offer a wraparound mountain view.

2. Buena Vista

Chalk Creek Campground offers campgrounds along Chalk Creek. The area includes fire pits and picnic tables, and there’s also an upper RV park. Arkansas River Rim Campground & RV Park sits along the Arkansas River, and offers access to nearby kayaking, hunting, and rafting.

3. Leadville

Sugar Loafin’ Campground is surrounded by great fishing, hiking, boating and more. Amenities include full hookup RV sites, tent sites, tables, and campfire rings. The Twin Peaks Campground has 35 sites and is in an aspen and lodgepole pine forest with great views of the Sawatch Range.

4. Crested Butte

Oh Be Joyful Campground has 30 campsites and along the Slate River, and the area also has access to fishing, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, biking and more. Gothic Campground, in the Gunnison National Forest provides access to mountain biking, hiking, motorcycle riding and four-wheel driving.

5. Telluride

Camping is a great way to experience the San Juan Mountains, and Telluride offers great opportunities. Telluride Town Park has campsites. There are also campgrounds in Ridgway, Montrose and along the Dolores River next to Highway 145.

If you’re for a place to camp, The Dyrt is a great resource. It recently dubbed two Colorado campsites as two of the best in the country.

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