The Best Camping in Aspen

Looking for the best camping in Aspen? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Aspen. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Aspen

  • Aspen, Colorado

    Government Trail

    19.69 mi / 4026 ft gain
    Government Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Camp on the Backside of Buttermilk Mountain

    4 mi / 2000 ft gain
    Park at the Buttermilk Ski Area parking lot and begin your hike up the mountain at the bottom of the Summit Express chair lift. Follow the 4x4 dirt road the entire way up Buttermilk. There are other small hiking trails that you can follow too, and with the entire mountain being a ski area, it's s...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Camp at Silver Bell Campground

    Escape the bustle of town and head out of Aspen on Maroon Creek Road. Follow the signs to Maroon-Bells Snowmass Wilderness Area. There is a $10 entrance fee (unless you are a national parks pass cardholder) plus an additional fee to camp. Continue down the road to Silver Bell Campground. With a t...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Difficult Creek Trail

    9.92 mi / 2014 ft gain
    Difficult Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Camp Difficult Campground, Aspen

    This is a great backup campground if all of Maroon Bells campgrounds are full, which in all reality is highly likely. If you're looking to beat the crowds, this is a good number campground to consider. This campground is right off the highway, 5 miles away from the town of Aspen, easy to find, an...
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  • Snowmass, Colorado

    Woody Creek and Hunter Creek Trail

    16.69 mi / 3028 ft gain
    Woody Creek and Hunter Creek Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Backpack to Conundrum Hot Springs

    4.3
    18 mi / 2500 ft gain
    After picking up your required overnight permit, start your morning with a coffee in Aspen, then drive out 15 min to the trailhead at the end of Conundrum Creek road. The trail is a straight shot 9 miles up the valley, through expansive meadows and an always incredible view of the mountains and ...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Conundrum Creek Trail to Conundrum Hot Springs

    16.78 mi / 2717 ft gain
    Conundrum Creek Trail to Conundrum Hot Springs is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Camp at Silver Queen Campground

    To start it off, head out from Aspen on Maroon Creek Road. Once you get to the park, you will either have to pay the charge at the booth or if you get there after 5pm, you can self pay at the cash box, which is $10. You'll also want to get an overnight parking pass set up which doesn't cost extra...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Weller Lake Trail

    1.17 mi / 312 ft gain
    Weller Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Backpack the Four Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells

    4.8
    27.1 mi / 8000 ft gain
    *A landscape-changing avalanche event has impacted Maroon Creek Road. The event occurred in early March during an active avalanche cycle across the Colorado mountains.  Maroon Creek Road will have a delayed opening this season while Pitkin County and Forest Service crews work to remove avalanche ...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Explore the Maroon Bells & Snowmass Wilderness

    5.0
    The beautiful and iconic Maroon Bells-Snowmass wilderness is home to some of the most amazing scenery and adventures to be had in all of Colorado. It is world famous for the Maroon Bells, two challenging 14ers just outside of Aspen Colorado. The third 14er, Pyramid Peak is also considered a class...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Hike to Crater Lake

    4.5
    3.6 mi / 500 ft gain
    The crater lake trail begins at Maroon Lake and quickly breaks off from the scenic trail at .3 miles. Be sure to follow the signs to crater lake, which will be heading higher into the valley. The trail passes through a beautiful Aspen grove most of the way with wonderful views of 14ers, the Maroo...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Backpack to Snowmass Lake

    4.3
    16.6 mi / 2500 ft gain
    For the adventurous backpacker looking to get backcountry in central Colorado, the stunning beauty of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness cannot be beat. While the Maroon Bells just outside of Aspen might be the most photographed mountains on North America, the beauty is definitely rivaled by Sn...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Car Camp at Maroon Lake

    5.0
    0.3 mi / 0 ft gain
    Maybe you've seen the photos a million times before - it's for good reason. Maroon Bells is just stunning. Watching the first rays of sunlight scratch the very top of Maroon Bells and slowly crawl their way down the massive slabs of granite is simply a must for the checklist. Taking in the sunris...
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  • Aspen, Colorado

    Backpack to Snowmass Creek in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

    13 mi
    For beginner backpackers or just those who can't take off 3-4 days to do the Four Pass Loop, there's still options near the iconic Maroon Bells.  If you are planning to do an overnight at the Bells, you need to get there early or late - before 7:30 am or after 5 pm. The overnight lot fills quickl...
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