Camping in Colorado is definitely one of my favorite hobbies. I love loading up the RV and spending time with my wife, away from our regular life. We are so blessed to live in this valley. We are so close to lots of amazing camping sites with all kinds of different landscapes and views. We are within driving distance to the desert, mountains, and plains and I love it.
If you are hoping to get in some camping this summer but don’t know where to go, then I recommend you check out this great list of some of our favorite spots.
Camping in Colorado Sites Within 30 minutes of Grand Junction:
Highline Lake State Park – It is crazy to believe that this is so close to town. It is like a little hidden away haven and a great place to do a quick camping trip. There are 31 camp sites at Highline that are open year round and is by reservation only. You will enjoy fishing, bird watching, boating, swimming, and more. Camping starts at $25 per site.
Island Acres: James M. Robb Colorado State Park – Island Acres is located near Palisade, CO and has RV hook ups, as well as tent camp sites. You will enjoy watching the wild horses, as well as hiking and biking trails, and 3 lakes (2 stocked) for fishing. There is also swimming available in a fourth lake, which makes it a hit with the kids. Camp Sites are by reservation.
Colorado National Monument Saddlehorn Campground – Colorado National Monument is a stunning place to camp. With lots of hiking trails and amazing views, you will never find a dull moment. There are over 80 designated camping spots in this camp ground with some of them being first come first serve, and some of them being reservation only spots. These spots do not have electric hook ups, but they do come with picnic tables and a charcoal grill. The camp fee is just $22 plus National Monument admission fee.
Camping in Colorado Sites Within 1 Hour of Grand Junction:
Grand Mesa National Forest – One of my favorite places to spend a hot summer day. There are so many fun things to enjoy on the Grand Mesa including hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, horseback riding, etc…. The Grand Mesa is the worlds largest flat top mountain and has over 200 camp sites. Not to mention over 300 lakes to enjoy! There are picnic sites, RV sites, and tent sites, and cabins available. Most sites are first come first serve and campground fees range from $0-$19 per night.
Mud Springs – Mud Springs is full of motorized and non-motorized trails which add a fun variety to your camping adventures. It is free to camp in one of their 14 sites, but you must have OHV registration. Near the Fruita Reservoir it is also an excellent place to get away and go fishing!
North Fruita Desert Campground – located off 18 road you can enjoy off-roading, biking, hiking, horse back riding and even a shooting range. Camping is $10 per night in one of the 58 designated camp sites. Each site also contains a fire ring with a grate and a picnic table.
Vega State Park – Vega Lake is simply beautiful in the summer months. There are 4 campgrounds with over 100 camp sites available. This is the perfect destination for RV and tent camping and they even have cabins on site you can rent out. Amenities include fishing, hiking, biking, group picnics, boating, jet skiing, and so much more.
Camping in Colorado Sites Within 2 Hours of Grand Junction:
Erickson Springs Campground – This is a great place to beat the summer heat, as the dense forest keeps temps pretty cool all year ’round. Each site has a tent pad and is big enough for smaller camper trailers, but not suitable for large RV’s. There is OHV/ATV parking near the campground and also has a place to park horse trailers with easy access to horse riding trails. You do not have to reserve these camp sites as they are first come, first serve and are $14 per night.
Uncompahgre National Forest – The Uncompahgre National Forest has 7 camp grounds with over 150 camp sites available. You can find first come, first serve spots as well as reservation only. Sites are between $12-$24 per day and you can find RV hook ups and pull through camp spots at some of the sites.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park – Black Canyon is filled with breathtaking views and amazing hiking and mountain climbing spots. There is even a Jr. Ranger program for the kids and many historical spots to learn about along the way. There are 3 campgrounds with 116 camp sites. The South Rim campground has electric hook ups and is up for reservation. The other two sites are first come, first serve.
Rifle Gap State Park Campground – Another beautiful lake located within driving distance. Rifle Gap is known for it’s boating, windsurfing, fishing, and its close proximity to the fish hatchery and Rifle Falls. This area is filled with so much to do and see. There is camping sites for all types of camping, from tent to RV. You have your pick from 5 campgrounds and 89 camp sites!
Ridgeway State Park – Ridgeway State Park has 256 campsites with 69 of them having full RV hook ups. It is reservation only and the reservation line is open 24/7, meaning you do not have to call in advance to get your spot. You can call them the day of your trip! Some of the amenities include biking, bird watching, boating, fishing, hiking, horse back riding, swimming, white water rafting, and SO much more.
Curecanti National Recreation Area – Curecanti contains 10 campgrounds with 385 camp sites and contains Blue Mesa Reservoir which is the largest body of water in Colorado. It’s also just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and the amenities in this area are too many to list! You seriously will have your days jam packed full of trails, fishing, and swimming, with so many beautiful sites to see
Marble, CO – Marble Campground is like a hidden gem. You will enjoy seeing and learning about the large Marble blocks that can be found through out the town and the campground. Many of the marble blocks even serve as tables and benches. There is a shower house, dump station and hook ups on site. The campground is within walking distance to downtown shopping and dinning. You can also partake in jeep rentals and trail rides! Not to mention all the stunning landscape views!
With so many camping sites around us, there is no excuse not to go out and enjoy this beautiful country around us. No matter what your outdoor hobbies might be, there is defiantly something for everyone. You can’t go wrong if you plan on Camping in Colorado!