Family Camping Near Denver
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Colorado has some of the most beautiful scenery that this great country has to offer and over 8 million acres of
public lands. Whether you are visiting a national forest, national monument, wilderness area, national park or
any of the 41 state parks, Colorado has much to offer. Family camping vacations offer some of the greatest
experiences for both parents and children, and will fit most any family’s budget. Here are some great places to
camp near Denver for your next family camping trip.
Chatfield State Park
Located approximately 23 miles southwest of Denver, Chatfield State Park is nestled against the foothills. It has
197 campsites all with electrical hookups and many sites include water and sewer hookups. As an added bonus,
all of the campsites are within walking distance to the lake. Camp, boat, fish, hike, bike or ride a horse while
staying here. Facilities also include flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park
This park consists of over 12,000 acres of dense forest and stunning peaks and is located near Golden,
Colorado, which is about 30 miles west of Denver. Both tent sites and sites with electrical hookups are available
here. The park includes two campgrounds, stocked fishing ponds, and over 35 miles of hiking trails. Mountain
bikes and horses are allowed on multiple-use trails.
Mueller State Park
This park is located near the town of Divide and is approximately 100 miles southwest of Denver. The park
consists of approximately 5,000 acres and has over 50 miles of hiking trails and some of the most beautiful
scenery that Colorado has to offer. Campers can choose from 132 campsites and the campground can
accommodate motor homes, trailers and tents. All sites have electrical hookups and there are modern restrooms
nearby, with coin operated showers and coin laundry service. Pets are welcome at Mueller State Park, which
offers some of the finest wildlife viewing opportunities around.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Located about 2 hours northwest of Denver in Estes Park, this park covers an huge area. Elevations range from
8,000 to 14,259 feet and offer spectacular scenery. Choose from five drive-in campgrounds with a total of 573
campsites, along with an additional 200 backcountry campsites for backpackers. The 359 miles of trails
throughout the park provide endless opportunities for hikers and horseback riders. When considering a camping
vacation to Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park is a “must see” location.
Of course, with all the fine camping spots that Colorado has to offer, this list covers only a few. However, if you
are looking for some great camping opportunities near Denver it is hard to go wrong with any of these choices.
Some of my fondest memories as a child were camping with my family, and exploring trails with my brothers and
cousins, or trying our hand at fishing. Many great times are in store for you and your family. Start planning your
family camping vacation today – have fun and stay safe!