If you’re looking to escape the hustle of city life for a few days this summer, camping is easily one of the most revitalizing ways to relax & recharge. Colorful Colorado won’t disappoint adventure seekers looking to hike, fish, explore, & sleep under the stars. With so much gorgeous scenery, this state offers an endless list of amazing places to pitch a tent (or unpack the car glamping gear. We’re not judging!) You don’t have to drive hundreds of miles outside of Denver to enjoy one of these great locations. We suggest you pack up, hit the road, and set up camp at one of these three sites – all within two hours of the city!
Guanella Pass is just an hour away from Denver. Located inside the Pike National Forest at approx. 11,000 ft., the campsites here are a popular option because they’re accessible by foot & car with ample hiking & fishing options nearby (popular “beginner” 14ers such as Mount Bierstadt & Mount Evans are not far). Wind down after an active day by enjoying the pass’s stunning views of the night sky after dark. Be sure to reserve a campsite in advance – there are only 18 of them & they fill up quickly!
The awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain National Park has a handful of excellent campsites, but we think Moraine Park Campground takes the cake. Located about 1 hour & 40 minutes from Denver in Estes Park, Moraine Park is open year-round with 200+ reservable sites in the summer, and 70+ available on a first-come-first-serve basis during the winter. Campers often spot passing wildlife such as black bears, moose, mountain lions, & plenty of elk in the park. The breathtakingly beautiful views of nearby peaks don’t hurt, either.
Open from mid-June through September, Rainbow Lakes Campground is just under two hours away from Denver in Nederland. The campground is adjacent to Indian Peaks Wilderness, which is home to some of the best backcountry hiking in Colorado! At 1.9 miles, the nearby Rainbow Lake Trail is a popular moderate hike that offers picturesque views of neighboring lakes. There are 18 campsites available, but the grounds are usually full for the weekend by Friday morning, so arrive bright and early to get set up. This rustic campground offers a satisfyingly remote getaway for those looking forward to a slice of solitude.
Now remember, when you return from roughing it in the Colorado wilderness, consider spoiling yourself with a night here at Magnolia Denver! Come dust off your camping gear in our hotel. Book a room now.