Best Campgrounds in Colorado

Campers in and around the state of Colorado are typically some of the luckiest sets of campers because there are some of the best campgrounds in Colorado state.

The Centennial State which is blessed with a wide array of natural environments which are great for sight-seeing, hiking and/or camping such as arid deserts, Rocky Mountains, rivers and other beautiful sceneries is a camper’s paradise.

For one, the state of Colorado has one of the highest points in North America, thanks to Mount Elbert which is elevated mightily at 14,440 feet or 4,401.2 meters.

Also, the state of Colorado is on record as the only US state that elevated above 1,000 meters amongst the other 50+ states in the country.

The lowest point of the state of Colorado, which is the area where the river Arikaree leaves the Yuma County and flows to the Cheyenne County in Kansas is, however, higher than 18 states of the USA highest elevated areas, it’s also higher than the elevation point of the District of Columbia.

Measurement of the said lowest point of elevation of Colorado is put at 3,317 feet or 1,011 meters.

Alright, let’s look at the best campgrounds in Colorado, the Centennial state.


Location: San Juan National Forest, U.S. Highway 550, Silverton, Colorado 81433.



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Little Molas Lake Campground

The Little Molas Lake Campground, located in the human-friendly San Juan forest in Colorado, is rated “The Most Scenic Campground in Colorado” by the American Automobile Association (AAA), and it’s not hard to see why.

It offers almost the best views of beautiful scenery and natural works of art in a very serene environment.

Many campgrounds offer abundant valleys for you to walk through and others mountains for you to stare down at the world from, but the Little Molas Lake campground gives you a balanced ratio of the highs and lows.

The name of the campground alone (Molas) should strike a bell in your head if you’re familiar with Colorado; it allows you to view the environment from the Molas Pass, something only nearby campsites can offer you throughout the state.

In addition to that, you have access to the Colorado Trail, a perfect site for runners and hikers (it runs for 486 miles), as well as Bush wanderers.

A beautiful campground without the proper amenities isn’t perfect, and the Little Molas Lake campground doesn’t disappoint in this aspect. For the convenience of its campers, the campground gives you access to a 25-acre stocked fishing lake with an abundance of manually operated boats.

You also get to buy things at the campground store, which you can make use of at the picnic tables and fire rings littered around the campsites.

Did I forget to mention that this campground is located close (just 10 minutes by car) to the Town of Silverton? The Little Molas Lake is very sophisticated and high-class, as evidenced by the five-star rating and abundant positive campers’ reviews it has amassed on Trip Advisor. You won’t regret camping there for your next holiday.


Location: San Isabel National Forest, County Road #240, Salida, Colorado.

Contact: +1 615-969-7593.

Website: Facebook.​

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Angel of Shavano Campground

In states like Colorado which are synonymous to tourist centers, there are bound to be many campgrounds and tourist attractions for lovers of fun and people taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy cities, but the distinction comes when you’re among the best in your area.

The Angel Shavano Group Campground is one of the cleanest camping sites in Salida, thanks to its group of dedicated staff and managers.

The campground is loved by hikers, bikers, and people who love to hunt for fishes since it provides the right facilities for these activities. It is located near the North Fork South Arkansas River, a perfect site for catching fishes for fun.

This river is in turn located below the Fisherman’s Bridge which also leads to a state park; you can retire there after you’ve exhausted your strength on fishing.

Angel of Shavano Campground gives you the opportunity to connect with other like-minded campers in its group campsite facility which can contain up to twenty-four people and an equal number of vehicles.

The site has a picnic shelter and six grills with a campfire; a perfect place for relaxing after a hard day’s exploring.

Lastly, you get to see the image of the angel the campground was named after if you visit the site around winter time.


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Location: Crested Butte, Colorado 81225

Website: Facebook

Oh Be Joyful Campground

The Oh Be Joyful Campground is, true to its name, a popular place for laughs and joy for campers. It is located deep in the Gunnison National Forest, a place you should be familiar with if you camp a lot.

Due to its location, it is suited for a lot of adventures and recreational activities like backpacking, wildlife hunting, mountain biking and lots more. You can’t camp here and not leave with a smile on your face.

The Oh Be Joyful Campground is blessed with mountains and offers great scenery for campers who love sightseeing.

If you don’t want to travel too far away from the town and civilization, this campground is your best shot. It is easy to reach by car and bike.

Over the years, the Oh Be Joyful Campground has been upgraded to enhance the user experience of campers further. It has many picnic tables and fire grills, and sports a lot of essential facilities like kiosks, bear boxes, portable toilets and lodgings.

You also get access to rivers and are kept company by both domestic animals and friendly wildlife creatures.


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Location: CR- 62, Walden, CO 80480

Website: State Forest

Contact: 970-723-8366​

The Crags Campground

The Crags Campground is located in the State Forest Park of Colorado, so safety can never be an issue here. Despite the fact that it’s in a state-owned environment, it’s quiet, and people who like to have their space would like this campground. It is littered all around with well-kept creeks and freshwater hand pumps.

There’s an abundance of trees and large vegetation around The Crags Campground, an indication of the natural fresh and clean air that flows there.

Backpackers aren’t left out; you can find primitive backcountry sites close to The Crags Campground if you ever decide to go backpacking.

The Crags Campground is a very primitive campsite; there are no modern facilities and conveniences here. You get to use pit toilets but are also afforded, at least, the luxury of picnic tables and fire rings.

So, if you can’t survive without 21st-century facilities, The Crags Campground might not be for you.

You can also easily hike to The Crags Hotel from this campground, so if you’re missing your favorite amenities after a few days here, you can simply take a break and refresh at the hotel.

People love these campgrounds, here’s why...

User experience matters most when it comes to choosing tourist centers to visit or camping sites to visit during the holidays. We’ve included the above four locations on our list of best campgrounds in Colorado because:

  • They offer great scenery and views of mountains and valleys alike.
  • They afford users the opportunity to meet with others over campfires and grilled barbecues at group campsites.
  • They have the basic amenities required for comfort in campgrounds.
  • They are easy to reach and navigate.

You can never go wrong with these campgrounds reviewed above. Have a happy camping.

    Alison Lawrence

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