Colorado Camping: The Perfect Destination Year Round
The diversity of Colorado promises plenty of outdoor fun and relaxation whether it’s cold and snowy or in the heat of summer. From snowmobiling and skiing to hiking and horseback riding, Colorado promises year round fun for any nature lover. Camping in Colorado is just as diverse. There are 41 Colorado state parks, 15 national parks and recreation areas within the state, and more than 100 other public campgrounds managed by the USDA Forest Service, as well as hundreds of private campgrounds throughout the state.
Colorado Springs Camping
Colorado Springs is a terrific vacation destination, whether you’re wanting to enjoy the city nightlife and fine dining, explore the area zoos and museums with the kids, or get adventurous with some of the nation’s best whitewater and hiking. There are a variety of campgrounds near Colorado Springs so you can take your time enjoying the beauty of the area.
The Colorado Springs KOA offers fully equipped campsites for RVs and tents, as well as one and two room and deluxe cabin rentals. The campground features many amenities, including a pool, hot tub, and wireless internet access. Colorado’s newest state park, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, has recently opened in Colorado Springs. This park provides 20 miles of hiking and bicycling trails through fragile, protected ecosystems with great views of area wildlife. Many of the trails are still under construction, but the campground and other facilities are scheduled to open late in 2007. There are also several nationally managed campgrounds near Colorado Springs that offer basic campsites, as well as group camping, with access to a variety of activities.
Northern Colorado Camping
Northern Colorado offers a tremendous amount of variety for vacationers. Water lovers can pack up the Coleman towables and enjoy a weekend camping at one of the many northern Colorado lakes. North Sterling State Park has 3,000 acres of water for boating, jet skiing, fishing, swimming, and even sailboarding. There are 3 campgrounds within the state park, providing 141 campsites total. Inlet Grove and Elks campgrounds offer developed sites with electrical hookups and Chimney View does not provide hookups.
If cold weather adventures are more your style, State Forest State Park in northern Colorado has 5 campgrounds available for winter camping and a variety of activities to keep you entertained in any season. Bring your snowmobile and race across over 50 miles of maintained trails or venture into the Routt National Forest for more trails. You can also enjoy cross-country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, and tubing within the park. Many snow lovers visit State Forest State Park for the terrific ice fishing and the full moon skiing and snowshoeing events held each February and March.
If you would like to plan a Colorado camping vacation that is filled with outdoor fun as well as educational explorations, Dinosaur National Monument in northern Colorado and Utah, offers plenty of fun and 6 developed campgrounds. Dinosaur bones from long ago can be seen fossilized in the rock and a museum features a number of enthralling exhibits about these extinct beings from yesteryear. Enjoy a variety of scenic hiking trails or cool off with a guided rafting trip through the winding Colorado rivers.
Whenever and wherever you decide to camp in Colorado, you are guaranteed a vacation that creates memories for everyone. From history and nature exploration to rugged outdoor activities, Colorado offers something for everyone!