RV Camping In Colorado
RV Camping In Colorado

RV Camping and Campgrounds In Colorado

Finding the best RV camping sites in Colorado is easy. With the highest average elevation in the country, Colorado has great RV camping sites located next to mountain lakes and rushing streams. RV parks and campgrounds are located near Colorado travel destinations, and offer every type of camping from primitive to full hookup RV resorts.

Colorado Private RV Parks

Federal RV Camping Information

  • National Park Service - NPS information about RV camping on National Park Service campgrounds in Colorado.
  • US Forest Service - USFS information about National Forests and RV camping in Colorado. Thousands of developed campsites and great dispersed RV camping locations.
  • Bureau of Land Management - BLM information about lands managed in Colorado. BLM manages 8.4 million acres of public land, with 50 developed recreation areas. Free dispersed RV camping (boondocking) is encouraged on BLM lands.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers - USACE/COE information about Corps lakes in Colorado. Five lakes have public RV camping facilities.
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service - FWS information about National Wildlife Refuges in Colorado. Not all refuges allow camping, so check carefully.

State RV Camping Information

  • Colorado State Parks offer a wide variety of campgrounds. RV camping locations from the mountains to the plains with almost unlimited recreation opportunities are located throughout the state. Full service RV camping sites are available in most state parks.
  • Colorado Division of Wildlife - There are 240 state wildlife management areas in Colorado, and most of them allow camping.
    A Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp is not required for camping and visiting Colorado Wildlife Management Areas and State Trust Lands, but is required for hunting and fishing in most circumstances.
  • Colorado State Tourism Website - Where to go, and what to do in Colorado. RV Camping information included.

Campground Reservations

  • Camping Reservations - Make your campsite reservation at Colorado State and Federal campgrounds in advance and have your campsite waiting when you arrive.

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Colorado Free RV Camping And Boondocking

Free RV camping is available throughout Colorado on public lands administered by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), and the USFS (US Forest Service). State parks, US Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service and more allow free RV camping as well.

The following list is just a sample of free RV camping possibilities in Colorado.

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Brush RV Camping Location BRUSH

Your first night is free at the city owned and managed RV Park. 12 electrical hookup sites and over 50 dry camp sites, water available, restrooms, showers, RV dump station, barbeques, picnic tables and more. First come first serve campground.

Buena Vista RV Camping Location BUENA VISTA

RV camping is permitted at numerous locations near Buena Vista. USDA San Isabel National Forest offers the adventurous RVer unlimited boondocking opportunities near some of Colorado's famous 14,000 mountain peaks. Buena Vista offers full RV services.

Central City RV Camping Location CENTRAL CITY

You might strike it rich during your RV camping trip to the Central City area. Central City was known as the "Richest Square Mile On Earth" because of it's rich mineral deposits in the past, and today gambling is bringing renewed growth to this historic Colorado town. USFS developed campground near boondocking location.

Fort Morgan RV Camping Location FORT MORGAN

Many towns in Colorado offer free RV camping, and Fort Morgan is no exception. Located in Northeast Colorado, Fort Morgan is also close to Pawnee National Grassland and numerous outdoor recreation opportunities. The city run Riverside Park has water, trash, and even electricity.

Grant RV Camping Location GRANT

Only an hour southwest of Denver, RV camping is available near the small mountain community of Grant. The USDA Pike National Forest administers much of the area surrounding Grant, and fabulous scenery and unlimited outdoor recreation opportunities await you.

Hale RV Camping Location HALE

Free RV camping is permitted near the eastern Colorado border at the small community of Hale. This area is near Bonny State Recreation Area, and in an area popular with fishermen, boaters, and upland bird hunters in the Fall. Good gravel roads access the area, and a nice rural camping location.

Lake Havasu City Loaction Map JEFFERSON

You will have no trouble find great free RV camping sites near Jefferson. This historic community was once on the Denver & South Park Railroad, and is nearly surrounded by the USDA Pike National Forest. Free dispersed camping (boondocking) campsites for RV's are easy to find, especially in the Lost Park area east of Jefferson.

La Junta RV Camping Location LA JUNTA

A few miles south of La Junta is the Comanche National Grasslands. This wide open area is home to North Americas largest dinosaur track site. USDA Forest Service guided tours are available, and dispersed campsites are readily available.

Leadville RV Camping Location LEADVILLE

RV camping is available in many places around Leadville. The old Camp Hale area north of Leadville is one of many places where free dispersed camping (boondocking) is permitted. This historic area is the original home of the US Army 10th Mountain Division that trained in this area during WWII.

Silverton Camping Locations SILVERTON

Located in the heart of the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado, Silverton offers RV camping locations with scenery that's tough to beat. This historic mining area has outdoor recreation opportunities as well as substantial tourist facilities that should provide any RVer activities they enjoy.

Colorado Public RV Campground Locations

RV camping in Colorado is great for RVers looking for varied outdoor experiences. Campgrounds managed by BLM (Bureau of Land Management) and Colorado State Parks offer RV camping. Some of the Nations most visited National Parks offer RV camping in Colorado, and USFS (US Forest Service) campgrounds offer cooler locations to escape the Summer heat. Amenities range from dry RV camping with only trash and pit toilets to RV camping sites with full RV hookups.

This is only a partial listing of RV camping opportunities at public campgrounds in Colorado.

Alamosa RV Camping Location ALAMOSA

The largest land locked sand dunes in the USA are located at Great Sand Dunes National Park. This area offers some of Colorado's best scenery, and is off the beaten path. The campground offers 88 campsites, most suitable for RV camping

Cedaredge RV Camping Location CEDAREDGE

RV camping is permitted throughout Colorado, and a great area, especially for fishermen is the Grand Mesa area. The USDA Grand Mesa National Forest has Developed Campgrounds for a modest fee. Outdoor recreation such as fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing are only a few of the things to do on your RV camping trip to Grand Mesa.

Cortez RV Camping Location CORTEZ

One of Colorado's most popular RV camping destinations is Mesa Verde National Park. Located near Cortez, the campground has over 400 campsites. Ancient cliff dwellings are the primary tourist draw, and there are many hiking trails to enjoy for all levels of ability.

Denver RV Camping Locations DENVER

There are several public campgrounds in the Denver Area perfect for a quick weekend RV camping getaway. With all types of outdoor recreation, these campgrounds make an ideal place for extended RV camping trips too.

Denver Area Public Campgrounds

  • Cherry Creek State Park is located in the southeast Denver metro area. Full RV hookups available.
  • Chatfield State Park is located in the southwestern section of the Denver area. Full RV hookups available.
  • Bear Creek Lake is located near Morrison on the western edge of the metro area. Electric only sites.
  • Barr Lake is located on the northern edge of the metro area. Full RV hookups available

Estes Park RV Camping Location ESTES PARK

Spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation activities such as hiking, fishing, horseback riding,river rafting, wildlife viewing and much more will help make your RV camping trip memorable at Estes Park. RV camping is available near Estes Park in Rocky Mountain National Park. The town offers full tourist and recreational vehicle facilities and is a very active place during the peak summer season. Reservations are recommended.

Fort Collins RV Camping Location FORT COLLINS

Great RV camping sites are available near Fort Collins in the USDA Roosevelt National Forest. This forest offers designated campgrounds as well as Dispersed Camping (boondocking).

  • Ansel Watrous Campground - Located northwest of Fort Collins, this campground offers vault toilets, fire grates, picnic tables and drinking water. There are 19 campsites with a minimal fee.
  • Bellaire Campground - Located northwest of Fort Collins, this USDA Forest Service campground offers flush and vault toilets, fire grates, picnic tables and drinking water are available. Electrical hookups are available at some sites.
  • Roosevelt National Forest - Developed campgrounds and dispersed RV camping (boondocking) are available.

Grand Junction RV Camping Location GRAND JUNCTION

Located on the "Western Slope" of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, RV camping sites are available at several nearby locations.

  • Miracle Rock Recreation Site - Located southwest of Grand Junction this campground offers picnic tables, grills, and vault toilets that are handicapped accessible. Not recommended for large RVs.
  • Saddlehorn Campground is located in Colorado NationalMonument. Offering RV camping with water and dump facilities.
  • Mud Spring Recreation Area - Family campground with 14 campsites suitable for RV camping. Tables, grills, and toilets are available.
  • Colorado River State Park offers full hookup RV camping sites. Located on the Colorado River.

Gunnison RV Camping Location GUNNISON

Beautiful country surrounds Gunnison, and there are many RV camping sites available. The USDA Gunnison National Forest offers Developed Campgrounds suitable for RV camping for a small fee. Gunnison is a full service town with food, fuel, RV supplies, and other RV related services.

Las Animas RV Camping Location LAS ANIMAS

RV camping is allowed 15 miles north of Las Animas Colorado in the Adobe Creek Reservoir SWA (State Wildlife Area). Once you get to the State Wildlife Web Page, use the drop down menu to access the specific SWA desired.

Montrose RV Camping Location MONTROSE

The area around Montrose Colorado offers almost unlimited outdoor recreation opportunities. Northeast of Montrose a short distance is the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. This spectacular canyon is a great destination for RV camping. You can see the effects of wind and water over millions of years in this 1800 foot deep Colorado gorge.

Ouray RV Camping Location OURAY

RV camping in the Ouray area is hard to beat as the scenery is some of the best Colorado has to offer. The USDA Uncompahgre National Forest has numerous campgrounds, and the Amphitheater Campground just outside Ouray is a great RV camping destination. The San Juan Mountains in the area are called the "Switzerland of America", and once you visit this area, you will soon see why. Specific information regarding this campground may be obtained from the Ouray Ranger District at 2505 S. Townsend, Montrose, CO 81401, telephone 970-240-5300.

Ridgway RV Camping Location RIDGWAY

This historic town on the old Rio Grande Southern Railroad has some of Colorado's best scenery. RV camping is at it's best at Ridgway State Park located just north of town. Fishing, boating, hiking, and more await you in this great Colorado State Park. The nearby San Juan mountains are called the "Switzerland of America" for good reason. Dispersed RV camping (boondocking) is permitted in national forest lands nearby.

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Federal Public Land
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USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.

NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.

USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.

BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.

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Free Overnight Parking Ideas

Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in Colorado. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.

Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.

  • Truck Stops - Asking permission is usually not a requirement Be considerate of the big rigs!
  • Walmart - Not all stores allow overnight RV parking in Colorado due to city ordinances. Check store for policy.
  • Nightclubs - Had one too many or just pretending?
  • Grain Elevators - Ask where you can park your RV out of the way for the night.
  • Fraternal Organizations - VFW, Elks etc. may allow members free overnight RV camping.
  • Cemetery - Sounds creepy to us, but we've also heard they may have water available.
  • Fairgrounds - State and County facilities may allow RV camping when not otherwise in use.
  • Parks - City, County, State, and Community parks often have free RV camping.
  • Churches - You can almost make "reservations" by calling ahead for permission.
  • Hotel Parking Lots - Assuming a nightclub/bar is inside, had one too many or just pretending?
  • Truck Terminals - Parking areas for large trucks might allow you free RV camping permission.
  • RV Dealers - Pretty brave to us, but you could fit right in.
  • Cracker Barrel - These nationwide restaurants usually allow free overnight RV parking.
  • Movie Theaters - Too tired to drive home after the late show?
  • Highway Rest Areas - All rest areas allow a few hours of free RV parking, but noisy.
  • Drive In Movies - Got a small RV, park in the back row and enjoy the show. Fell asleep by accident right?
  • Vehicle Repair Shops - Need to see the repairman first thing in the morning?
  • Big Box Retailers - Kmart, Best Buy, Sams Club often allow free RV camping.
  • Roadside Parks & Picnic Areas - The early day version of the rest area.

As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in Colorado. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.

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