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Top Spots for Spring Camping Near Denver

March 16, 2013 6:00 AM

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Whether continuing a family tradition or getting an early start on camping season in Colorado, there are several spots near Denver perfect for spring camping. Appropriate for all ages, camping from your RV to several-mile treks into sites can be as easy or as challenging as one chooses. From enjoying starlit skies in the foothills or lakeside escapes by Denver-area reservoirs, we bring you the top spots for spring camping near Denver.

Chatfield State Park Campground
Park Office
11500 N. Roxborough Park Road
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-7275
www.parks.state.co.us

From boating and fishing to picnicking and outdoor grilling, Chatfield State Park Campground is an easy drive from the city. Home to 197 sites, full hookups are available for RVs as well as showering facilities and select camping sites that are accessible for individuals with disabilities. A popular destination for Denverites to escape the daily grind from the city, sand castle building, star gazing and family fun ensues at this park that seems worlds away. From the beachy shores of the reservoir to the native grass-lined camping sites, this is a prime spring spot for campers.

Guanella Pass
County Road 381, South of Georgetown
Clear Creek County Chamber & Tourism Bureau
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
(303) 567-4660
www.coloradodot.info

Home to 18 camping sites near Georgetown, Guanella Pass campground sits at 10,900 feet above sea level. Excellent camping, scenic vistas, fishing opportunities and streamside location make for a memorable spot in the mountains. Whether bringing your RV or pitching a tent, the pine forest-lined camping sites accommodate a variety of campers and camping styles. A visit to Georgetown is a fun way to start or end your camping trip. Check out the wonderful restaurants or stock up on the European meats, cheeses and chocolates at the Red Ram general store.

Related: Top Campgrounds in the Denver Area

Cold Springs Campground
Highway 119, North of Blackhawk
Clear Creek Ranger District
(303) 567-3000
www.campincolorado.com

Located four miles north of Black Hawk, Cold Springs Campground affords campers aspen groves and pine forests in the 38 sites. Depending on weather, the campground is at its peak in late spring and summer. The scenic drive to the spot is just as wonderful, affording views of the rolling hills, mountain peaks and stunning meadows. Great for the whole family, kids will find the playground especially fun at this mountain campground.

Cherry Creek Campground
4201 S. Parker Road
Aurora, CO 80014
(303) 470-1144
www.parks.state.co.us

From boating to relaxing under the boughs of cottonwood trees, Cherry Creek Campground is another wonderful camping site located near the city. Noted as “Denver’s Backyard Playground,” the gentle rolling hills and beach are a favorite for many city families. Horseback riding, model airplane flying and even a family shooting range are popular year-round. Popular on the weekends and holidays, mid-week excursions are encouraged for thinner crowds and off-peak relaxation.

Rainbow Lakes Campground
Forest Road 298, near Boulder
Boulder Ranger District
2140 Yarmouth Ave.
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 541-2500
www.fs.usda.gov

Heading up the dirt road to Rainbow Lakes Campground is well worth the trek. The 16 sites are located near Arapaho Glacier and Rainbow Lakes. Popular with mountain bikers, the campground also affords easy access to Sourdough Trail. At 10,000 feet above sea level, this spot near Boulder is a welcoming camping site nestled in the hills. Bring the telescope for amazing star gazing far from the city lights.

Related: Winter Camping Guide for Denver

Chad Chisholm is an avid globetrotter and brings the best of travel secrets and expert insights to his readership. A Denver-based travel writer and photographer, Chad’s travels have taken him to five of the seven continents in a passionate love affair with the world of travel and the outdoors. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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