Camping in Colorado can be a fun experience that you can experience all year round. Since snow camping isn’t necessarily a popular style of enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors, the two most enjoyable times of the year to camp are summer and fall. Obviously, summer is an intuitive season for camping, but given the many options to camp in the higher elevations, but fall can be especially great as well due to the moderate temperatures and the beautiful colors in the Aspen Groves. Colorado has a comprehensive website with all the State Park availability, information and scheduling for the year at: http://cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/Reservations.aspx .
Throughout the state of Colorado, you can make reservations for campsite/tent camping, or you can choose to rent a yurt or a cabin. The yearly availability shows up typically mid-January, and the choice dates and locations fill up quickly. With this in mind, it is best if you can make your plans early if you are choosing a state-run camp location. Other comprehensive websites to review when looking for camping opportunities are http://www.campcolorado.com/ and http://www.tripleblaze.com/best/?c=60. These resources list all sorts of camping facilities, including RV camp locations throughout the state, neat things to do, and information to consider when you’re planning your trip. The foregoing link on the Triple Blaze website also ranks the top 100 camp locations throughout the state in their opinion.
Part of the allure to camping and vacationing in Colorado is not just the Thoreauvian nature, atmosphere and environment (you know, when you get when disconnected from all of today’s news, responsibilities and the fast pace of everyday life), but in fact a lot of beauty stems from the hiking, biking, and spectacularly scenic views. There is no shortage of bike paths through the cities and hiking or mountain bike trails through the foothills and mountains. Colorado has everything from beautiful sand dunes, to ancient Native American ruins in the cliffs, and of course the majestic Rocky Mountains that mark the Continental Divide.
Many campsites allow you to bring your animals, including horses. Horseback riding is a common activity that Colorado natives and tourists enjoy, and the people of Colorado surely do love their dogs! However, not all localities are welcoming to our four-legged friends, so proper planning and research is certainly a requirement. Many campsites are near beautiful hiking or mountain biking trails, while others are close to streams or lakes where fishing is a great pastime. Make sure to check if you will be in a private fishing locale or if the area requires a state fishing license. Fishing licenses can be bought at any sporting goods store, or even the hunting section of your local Wal-Mart.
There are many locales to choose from when it comes to camping, so you’ll be able to consider: A lakeside campsite, a cabin or yurt in one of the numerous state parks, or even a cabin in Estes Park or Durango. Plan early, but make sure you plan smart in order to get your first choices near your favorite activities. Regardless of the season and no matter the location, Colorado is an excellent choice for your camping adventures! Before making your journey to the Centennial State, however, be sure to research all of your options. All of the state parks have websites with information on the trails, rules, and places to camp that would best suit your needs. With so many options, your ideal camping experience will surely be difficult to choose from.
Written by the staff at Quality RV, one of the leading camper dealers in Missouri. Quality RV serves the entire state of Missouri, from St. Louis to Kansas City, and enjoys sharing their travel experiences they take in their RV’s.