Outbound Collective logo

25 Places in Colorado You’ll Want to Camp

Colorado is a camping paradise.

By: The Outbound Collective + Save to a List

Colorado is one state that you absolutely need to add to to your camping bucket list. Home to the Rocky Mountains, pristine alpine lakes, starry skies and (if you go in the next few weeks) some of the most stunning displays of fall foliage you’ll ever see, Colorado is a camping paradise. So where should you begin? There are hundreds of options for camping across the state, so we’ve picked 25 of our favorite campsites to narrow it down for you. You can thank us later. In the meantime, check out the list and get to planning your Colorado camping adventure!

1. Camp at Lower Crystal Lake

Photo: Ryan Mckinney

2. Camp at Kite Lake

Photo: Wil McKay

3. Camp at Guanella Pass

Photo: Eric Schuette

4. Camp and Fish at Loch Lomond

Photo: Ryan Mckinney

5. Camp at Twin Lakes White Star Campground

Photo: Mike Fennell

6. Camp at Heart Lake

Photo: Whitney James

7. Camp at Lost Park Campground

Photo: Ryan Mckinney

8. Camp at Paradise Divide

Photo: Katie Lyons

9. Camp at Timber Creek Campground

Photo: Ryan Mckinney

10. Camp at Alta Lakes

Photo: Andrew Slaton

11. Camp at Brainard Lake

Photo: Eric Schuette

12. Camp at Thomas Lake and Summit Mt. Sopris

Photo: Mike Fennell

13. Camp at Stillwater Pass

Photo: Ryan Mckinney

14. Camp at Lost Lake Slough

Photo: Jason Hatfield

15. Camp at South Mineral Campground

Photo: Brittany Weber

16. Camp at Radium Campground

Photo: Ryan Mckinney

17. Camp at Maroon Lake

Photo: Lucas Boland

18. Camp and Fish at Eleven Mile Canyon

Photo: Emily Kent

19. Camp and Fish at Platoro Reservoir

Photo: Johnathan Valdez

20. Camp at Coulson Gulch

Photo: Ryan Mckinney

21. Camp near Little Muddy Creek, Routt National Forest

Photo: Ryan Mckinney

22. Camp at Mosca Campground

Photo: Jon King

23. Camp on the Backside of Buttermilk Mountain

Photo: Mike Fennell

24. Camp in Dream Canyon

Photo: Wil McKay

25. Camp at Moraine Park

Photo: Ryan Mckinney

Cover photo: Ryan Mckinney

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Do you love the outdoors?

Yep, us too. That's why we send you the best local adventures, stories, and expert advice, right to your inbox.


Gray Wolf Reintroduction, What Does 2023 Look Like In Colorado?

Kalli Hawkins

The United States Should Adopt The Allemannsretten

Jill Toth

Falling in Love in the Outdoors

Kalli Hawkins

5 Great Spots in Colorado for Fall Colors

Kyle Frost