There’s no one perfect spot to camp in Colorado: there are HUNDREDS! But camping in Colorado can be tricky – whether you’re booking a spot months a head of time, or trying to find a primitive camping area at the last minute, it can take some effort, but is well worth it!
The best camping in Colorado is going to be different for everyone. Depending on what they have planned for their camping trip there are a lot of campsites to choose from. I prefer to camp near trails or a body of water. That usually means I can either mountain bike or go standup paddleboarding right from camp. Then afterward, get right back to relaxing back at my campsite.
My recommendation for great camping experience is James M. Robb Colorado River State Park. This park is split into five areas that run along the Colorado River west from Debeque Canyon to Fruita. The five sections (Island Acres, Corn Lake, Colorado River Wildlife Area, Connected Lakes, and Fruita) are known as the ‘string of pearls.’ Out of these five areas, two (Fruita and Island Acres) offer sites that you can reserve for tent and RV camping alike. Each has its own unique recreation opportunities.
These campsites are very family-friendly and offer plenty of different activities for your loved ones. For example, paddleboarding, white water rafting, hiking, biking, fishing, and hunting are just a few of the activities that are offered. Depending on what type of camping you’ll be doing, campsites cost around $20-$35 per night.
In addition to James M. Robb Colorado River State Park, here are a few other ideas for the most scenic camp spots in Colorado.