We’ve been all over the great state of Colorado and the surrounding Rocky Mountain area. If you’re looking for some inspiration on where to go, do some exploring some of our favorite spots on the map below.
National Parks and Monuments in Colorado
For the best of the best, you can’t beat a National Park for scenery and wildlife viewing. They also have well maintained campsites with good amenities.
Colorado is fortunate to have four National Parks. The only other states with more are Alaska, California and Utah (which is included in this guide). We also have 8 stunning National Monuments which are worth checking out too.
If you’re OK with the crowds that come with these more popular areas, check out the map above for our tips and recommendations.
Colorado State Parks
Colorado also boasts dozens of lovely state parks for you to explore. View the map above for details.
Bureau of Land Management
Most people don’t know the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has 245 million acres of public land available for public use which of course includes camping. Here’s another little secret: You can camp for FREE. As a matter of fact Lon Black, the owner of Colorado Camper Rental, camped for six weeks on BLM land with his first camper. Check out the BLM Recreation page for over 150 recommendations for Colorado alone. You can also narrow your search by activities there.
Often confused with National Parks, US National Forests are also federal land set aside for public use and recreation. Colorado has 11 National Forests spanning millions of acres, each with its own unique charms. There are literally hundreds of National Forest campgrounds to choose from. Click here to view an interactive map, provided by the US Forest Service.
In addition to National Parks, state parks and BLM, Colorado has a collection of beautiful private campgrounds for those wanting a less hectic vibe. Feel free to visit Camp Colorado for a comprehensive list of all these camping areas.