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20 Best Places to Camp Within Two Hours of Denver, CO



Denver, CO.

Even people that don’t know the first thing about the Mile-High City will know that there’s plenty of great hiking spots camping spots to be found in the mountains nearby. The elevated campgrounds really put your daily life in perspective. Problems tend to find themselves rolling out of your mind through your eyeballs while your field of view is unobstructed on top of the Colorado mountains. 

Take some time to yourself this weekend. If you’re here looking for campsites, then you’ve already made the first step towards some well-deserved self-care. Leave the stress of downtown Denver behind, and plan your next trip here!


A prairie outside Denver.

Just outside Denver, lies some beautiful prairies and mountains.


1. Chatfield State Park

Float, fly, hike, or ride, Chatfield State Park is great for groups and single campers alike. There are almost two hundred campsites to choose from, with electric or full hookup. This versatile campground is an excellent weekend getaway or a quick morning respite.

The camp facilities include flushing toilets, hot showers, on-site potable water, and even hot showers. This ground is easy and relaxing, and you don’t have to look much further than here for your camping needs.



  • Great for jogs, horse rides, and ambling exploration
  • Open all year long
  • Military benefits as thanks for those that served



  • Fire restrictions can be a little tricky to navigate because the park sprawls across two counties
  • Dog park occasionally closes to deal with cheatgrass


2. Boyd Lake State Park

Boyd Lake is home to 1,700 surface-acres of water, and it’s open to almost any water vessel you can think of. Guests are welcome to bring their ski boats, fishing boats, jet skis, and canoes. Nearly anything you can think of bringing to float along on the lake will find a welcome home here.

You don’t need to be a watercraft to hit the lake, though. There are sandy beaches for swimmers, and a pavilion for large groups, or just avoiding a sunburn. The campgrounds will accommodate vehicles up to 40 feet in length.



  • Full of aquatic activities
  • Sandy beaches will fill that beach longing
  • Pets are welcome



  • Registering your OHV can be a hassle if you’re looking to just get out there for a quick thrill
  • Weekend and holiday rates for the group picnic area can be a bit steep
  • Pets have to stay on a leash


3. Columbine Campground

If the water’s not your scene, maybe you’re looking for some good mudding. Columbine Campground has jeep roads galore if you’re looking to break away from the tyranny of paved roads.

The drive up to the campground is beautiful, and you can commemorate the drive up with dinner as soon as you arrive with their easily accessible grills and fire rings. Pitching your tent is simple with tent pads on the RV sites, and you’re not going to be at a loss for firewood thanks to the park’s amenities.



  • Lots of hiking
  • Great for off-roading
  • Allows for tent camping or huddling up RVs


  • RVs aren’t allowed to fill their water tanks from the on-site spigots
  • No electricity on any of the sites
  • Shade may be sparse
  • Reception may be spotty


4. Cherry Creek State Park

This Aurora park, sometimes known as “ Denver’s playground,” is ready for action. If you can imagine an outdoor activity, it’s probably here. This park and reservoir hides beautiful rolling hills, outdoor fully complete recreation facilities, and great opportunities for camping. 

Getting yourself set up and ready to check out Cherry Creek State Park is as easy as a few clicks. Their website tracks the temperature of the water, the weather at the park, and allows you to get a hold of a park pass online.



  • Hard to find park activities abound here
  • Family-friendly shooting range



  • Occasionally one of the two boat ramps will be closed for the season
  • Family shooting range may be disruptive


5. Golden Gate Canyon State Park

Ready to get some hunting in? Golden Gate Canyon State Park might be one of your best bets. Sign in is simple, and the season is bread enough to fit in all of the hunters that take the trek.  There’s a limited number of hunters allowed each day, but if you arrive early enough, you’re bound to get a spot.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is on its way to become a Gold Standard Site, having recently partnered with Leave no Trace.



  • Excellent hunting spot
  • Sign in is a breeze
  • Beautiful and well maintained



  • Limited number of hunters a day means you may not be able to get your chance if you get out there late 
  • Exact change required for the daily vehicle pass


Golden Canyon State Park.

Golden Canyon State Park offers some of the best hiking trails and views in the state of Colorado.


6. Denver West / Central City KOA Campground

This is a campground with some southern hospitality. Their maximum camper length is 80 feet, that’s longer than the average semi-truck If you’re worried about fitting the camper in other campgrounds, then this KOA should ease your mind. 

Like any good KOA campground, this one is stuffed to the gills with amenities. You can buy firewood, turn the dogs loose at the dog park, browse (or work) with their free wi-fi, and fire up the propane grill.



  • Tons of things to do
  • It’s hard to be underprepared here with the ample distribution of campground amenities
  • Great for kids
  • A hot tub, need we say more?


  • May not feel like an authentic camping experience to hardcore campers


7. Prospector Campground

You’ll find the Prospector Campground on Dillon Reservoir in the beating in the heart of Summit County nestled right between Keystone and Frisco, just off of Swan Mountain Road. The Gore and Tenmile mountain ranges form a breathtaking perimeter around this picturesque campground, making for an idyllic and relaxing time away from home.



  • Great for boating
  • A little more than a hundred sites to choose from
  • On-site potable water


  • Your boat is welcome in the water, but your body isn’t
  • Restrooms don’t have flushing toilets


8. Indian Paintbrush Campground

The Indian Paintbrush Campground is a smaller campground found in Bear Creek Lake Park. Its size is made up for with the addition of a few cabins and a highly sought after yurt.

The yurt is a chance to take a first-hand look at what a lifestyle less tethered to the breakneck, almost oppressive, speed of our daily lives is like. It’ll always be good for you to take a step back and consider other styles of living, so if you’ve got the chance, consider reserving a night or two in this eco-friendly cabin.



  • A rare opportunity to see what yurts are all about
  • Great for stargazing


  • Campgrounds close for part of the year
  • Relatively small compared to other campgrounds on this list


9. Difficult Campground

Difficult Campground is anything but that. It may be small, only able to accommodate vehicles up to 35 feet, but as long as you’re not hauling anything too large, you’ll have a great time in this humble campsite. Visitors have access to water, vault toilets, and garbage disposal sites as well as ample hiking trails and lively fishing spots.



  • Drinking water provided on-site
  • Great for hikers looking to stretch their legs



  • Five-day stay limit
  • Longer campers are going to have to find a different park
  • Fire restrictions are subject to change based on weather
  • Closed October through May


10. Camp Ground of the Rockies

The Campground of the Rockies (CORA) is a membership RV park for members (and guests) only. This 600 acre RV park is way up in the mountains, about 9,000 feet above sea level.

If you nab a membership to this RV Ranch you’ll gain access to several amenities including a heated pool, a baseball diamond, horse corral, and great hiking paths.



  • Heated swimming, among other amenities
  • Antero Reservoir is right across the highway if you’re looking to do some fishing
  • An easy place to find 50 amp hookups
  • A rare spot to get in some horseback riding



  • Members only
  • If you’re planning an extended stay, you’re limited to six months of occupation


11. Deer Creek Campground

Deer Creek Campground is a nicely wooded campground located near Highland Park. 

Large, mature trees line the campground lending you plenty of privacy and quiet. The sound of the creeks sliding down the sides of the campground leaps lightly towards your years. 

You’re welcome to bring your RV but know ahead of time that you’re not going to have a dump station or hookups on-site. Universally accessible picnic make for inclusive camping, and the rules outline the foundation of a quiet and relaxing stay here in Deer Creek Campground. 



  • Easy to plan a trip with their website, it even tracks fire danger levels
  • Highland Park is an easy three miles away



  • Campgrounds are first-come, first-served
  • Not as majestic during the winter


12. Big Thompson Campground

The north end of Carter Lake houses the Big Thompson Campground. Here on the north end of the lake you’ve got a resplendent view of the mountains off in the distance. You can reserve the campgrounds online, many of which have electrical hookups. 

By camping in Big Thompson you’re tacitly participating in the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. The Colorado-Big Thompson works to divert water towards the westen slope to provide drinking water and hydropower. 



  • Open all year
  • Plenty of activities no matter what time of year it is



  • Park entrance permits and camping fees are required
  • This campground is in the foothills, so the views aren’t as breathtaking as something at a higher elevation might be


A lake in Colorado.

The picturesque lakes of Colorado are unparalleled.


13. Red Rock Glamping

Sometimes you want nature without the hassle and grime. Red Rocks Glamping can help you out there.

Red Rock Glamping is just a few minutes away from the famously gorgeous views of the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Sometime in the future, you’ll be able to ratchet up your glamping game with Red Rock Glamping adds cabins.



  • Low impact camping
  • Excellent service and spacious tents
  • Choose from pre-set tens or a spacious site if their default tent size is too much for your tastes


  • Closed during the colder months
  • It’s glamping, so you might not be getting your fill of nature
  • Likely to be packed during festival season


14. Bear Creek Lake

Come to Bear Creek Lake if you’re looking for some time in the sand, a dip in the lake, and mountain biking. If your preferred mode of physical activity is skill-based, maybe you’ll be interested in the archery range. Whatever it is you’re looking to do, you’ll find the space and accommodations for it at Bear Creek Lake.



  • A sandy beach lakeside
  • Basically as large as a state park
  • Bikers will find themselves at home


  • Events and trail construction may derail your plans of seeing the entire site
  • No dogs on the sandy beach
  • Reservations are seasonal


15. St. Vrain State Park

This family-friendly park is a great place for locals or travelers. The drive up to St. Vrain is straightforward, a shining example of easy access, and more than worth the minimal effort it takes to find.

Unless something out of the ordinary happens, St. Vrain state park and its 87 campsites are open all year for a little overnight camping, just be sure to bring some heat for the winter times.

All of the sites have electrical hookups, while the sites in the latter half of the campsite roster will come with water, sewage, and electrical hookups. Water hydrants are also available for everyone should you feel the need to fill any of your containers for whatever reason. 



  • Recent add-ons to the park have added more ponds for fishing
  • The hiking has expanded as well


  • There’s always the chance that this campsite will bar reservations unexpectedly
  • The small size of the campground means not much in the way of water activity


16. La Junta KOA Journey

We’ve got a second KOA park campground. This one here in La Junta has mini golf, a swimming pool, and a fully decked out recreation hall. Maybe you want to get out of the sun and watch a quick movie. If that’s the case, their TV sitting area has a video library. Gone are the days of watching Happy Feet in the van all week.



  • Close to a Walmart and a liquor store, so don’t worry about stocking up or forgetting something at home before heading here
  • Often runs promos to save you a little bit of cash



  • Proximity to a big box store detracts from the majesty of camping


17. Jellystone Park at Larkspur

The only bear you’ll be seeing at Jellystone is Yogi. This RV resort pulls out aloof the stops. It’s more like a carnival than a campsite. Yogi Bear and his family are trotting around serving smiles to the young ones, and amenities are bursting from the seams.

How many camping areas have a treadmill, fully stocked community fire pits, and hayrides?  A stay at Jellystone will transport the little ones into a cartoon dreamscape, and take the burden of your RV trip off of your shoulders. Take a load off knowing that everything is taken care of, and all you need to do is arrive.



  • Planned recreation for the family
  • Requires little to no thought, just show up and enjoy



  • More like a theme park than a campground
  • May be crowded


18. Happy Meadows Campground

Come to the South Platte River if you want fulfilling fishing, humbling hiking, and tubular tubing.

Happy Meadows Campground is near Eleven Mile Canyon and its abundant natural resources. The “Granite Canyon” and its imposing grey walls are a sight to behold. You can see that and much more at the Happy Meadows Campground.

There are a few reservable RV campsites with a fire ring, vault toilet, and refreshing water from a pump. 



  • Close to an American wonder, that’s definitely worth a look
  • A bait and tackle shop nearby will keep you fishing the entire stay
  • Beautiful high-flying peaks



  • A limited number of rotating sites makes for slim pickings
  • Limited cell phone service


19. Osprey Campground

At 6,200 feet, the Osprey Campground has you high in the sky with its namesake.

This is a simple site. There are 13 campsites each with a fire ring and picnic tables, and not much else. This is the kind of campsite you take yourself to for a good hard reset. Pack some water and plenty of food, and allow yourself to hit the brakes. 

There’s not much in the way of hiking or activities, but if you’re looking to appreciate some solitude, then you’ve found it here at the Osprey Campground.



  • Year round high elevation camping
  • Fire pits at each site


  • Only thirteen first-come, first-serve ten sites
  • Lots of private property nearby, limiting your exploration
  • No water on-site


20. Goldfield Campground

This RV park is cheap and wonderfully located. Come park your motor homes any time of the year and take in Colorado Springs.

Their rental rates are some of the best around, and they offer amenities like high-speed Wi-Fi and private showers.



  • Pet friendly
  • Affordable without scrimping on features
  • A DVD library on-site for family movie night



  • You’ll have to bring your own fun or seek it off-site
  • No much in the way of tent sites


Mountains at night in Colorado.

Take in the gorgeous view of the night sky when you camp in Colorado.


Final Verdict:

We didn’t bury the lede here. There’s so much wonderful camping here. We didn’t even get to mention areas like Estes Park, but, that fact aside, Chatfield State Park offers a wide range of activities for all kinds of campers. The showers are warm, the hookups are accessible, and if you’re looking to please everyone coming along, this is your best bet.

Bring the kids or the dog, and you’re bound to find some fun. Heck, even the horse will have a blissful weekend away from home at Chatfield State Park. 

It’s a short drive if you’re leaving from Boulder or Denver. You don’t have to get lost in the backcountry to have a good time. There really isn’t much reason to not end up camping at Chatfield State Park.

And since there’s a lot of streams around, it’s probably best that you know how to purify water in a pinch as well!


Bonus tip: While you’re at it, check out this couple camping in Colorado!



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Living Life on the Edge: Embracing Adrenaline-Fueled Moments



Life is an adventure, a journey filled with countless opportunities for thrill and excitement. For some, the idea of living life on the edge, embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is an exhilarating concept that fuels their passion for adventure. This article delves into the world of adrenaline-chasing, highlighting the benefits and experiences of such a lifestyle.

Kitesurfing: Riding the waves of excitement

The first step to living on the edge is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Kitesurfing, a water sport combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding elements, is an excellent example of an adrenaline-fueled activity. The activity entails utilizing a sizable maneuverable kite to capture the force of the wind, enabling the rider to traverse the water on a board specifically designed for kiteboarding. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of soaring through the air, feeling the breeze caress your cheeks, and mastering the art of maneuvering a kite. Kitesurfing is a remarkable adventure that captures the spirit of embracing excitement and pushing boundaries.

The psychological thrill

In addition to the excitement of the tangible experience, embracing a daring lifestyle offers a mental rush that is just as stimulating. Engaging in these activities provides an exhilarating experience that stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s innate pain relievers. This results in a profound sense of joy and an overwhelming feeling of invulnerability. The thrill of this frenzy can become habit-forming, compelling thrill-seekers to pursue fresh and increasingly demanding adventures consistently. 

The benefits of embracing the edge

Embracing a daring lifestyle goes beyond pursuing excitement; it presents many advantages. Participating in thrilling adventures can enhance physical well-being, as numerous pursuits demand robustness, stamina, and skill. Furthermore, they have the potential to enhance one’s emotional well-being by offering a means to alleviate tension and unease. Engaging in these activities demands concentration, which can effectively alleviate mental clutter, resulting in a serene state once the surge of excitement diminishes.

The balance of risk and reward

While living life on the edge can be exhilarating, it’s important to remember the balance of risk and reward. Adrenaline-fueled activities often involve a certain level of risk, and it’s essential to approach them with a healthy respect for safety. Proper training, equipment, and precautions can help mitigate these risks, allowing you to enjoy the thrill without unnecessary danger. 

Always research your activities and location. This understanding can help you decide if the risk is acceptable and if you have the skills and equipment. Check and maintain your gear, and never sacrifice safety. Finally, embracing adventure with a responsible and safety-conscious mentality lets you enjoy high-risk activities without risking injury.

Living life on the edge embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is a lifestyle choice that offers a unique blend of thrill, excitement, and personal growth. Whether kitesurfing across the waves, scaling a mountain, or skydiving from a plane, these activities provide an escape from the mundane, a chance to challenge oneself, and an opportunity to experience life at its most vibrant. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the adrenaline, and start living on the edge. After all, life is not meant to be lived in the slow lane; rather, it’s about experiencing every thrilling moment it offers.

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Renewable Energy Farms That Make Beautiful Hiking Trails



Wind farms and solar panels are not just alternative means to get our natural resources. They have now combined with another industry and are making some unexpected news. 

The tourism industry has marked renewable energy farms as hiking trails, and hikers are here for it. You can read more about renewable energy sites. Although you might not think of hiking on a wind farm as beautiful as hiking along a famous mountain trail, you might just be in for a surprise. 

Let’s discuss the benefits that renewable energy farms have as hiking trails. 

Why are Renewable Energy Farms Important? 

Renewable energy farms are important for the future of civilization. These farms provide an alternative to our natural resources, such as wind and energy. 

The most important benefit of renewable energy is that it doesn’t produce any greenhouse emissions and reduces the air pollution other traditional processes create when providing natural resources. 

These farms also allow for the creation of the country’s own resources without having to import natural resources from another country and save their limited natural resources. 

Here are some of the reasons why energy farms are important: 

  • Allows for sustainable rural development 

This will allow landowners to make an extra income by generating energy. 

  • Test new technologies 

Providing the opportunity to test technologies to find new ways to create renewable energy. 

  • Improving the effect of climate change 

Climate change has left the environment filled with toxic pollutants, which has led people to become sick and breathe in harmful air. 

Renewable energy can change this by lessening the number of pollutants that are released into the atmosphere and providing much safer, cleaner, breathable air. 

  • This leads to job creation 

Job creation within the renewable energy farms industry is plentiful as there is a need for skilled workers such as construction, maintenance and manufacturing to build the necessary infrastructure that is needed to generate these wind and solar farms. 

The Benefits of Renewable Energy Farms As Hiking Trails 

Renewable energy farms have many benefits for both the environment and people who love spending their time outdoors. 

Embracing the Use of Green Technology 

Since wind farms and solar plants are located in areas that are unpopulated, they make for great hiking trails. 

By visiting these sites, people get to experience green technology, and by integrating them into recreational spaces, people can visit these sites and embrace green technology by seeing how they work and the positive effects that it has on the environment. 

The more people embrace the shift to green technology, the easier it will be to use it. 

Energy Farms Offer A Unique Experience For Visitors 

Visiting energy farms means you will have a unique experience while there. You will get to see how these large devices work and how they replace the basic resources needed to survive. 

Tours can give visitors more information on the background of the construction of devices, their environmental impact and why it is important for us to switch to sustainable energy resources. 

Visitors Get to Enjoy Natural Beauty 

The sites for these renewable energy farms are often located in areas that are surrounded by natural beauty, such as large landscapes. 

Natural pathways can be used as hiking trails without the need for carving out new roads and damaging the ecosystem. 

Visitors can even discover native plant life and explore the natural wonders that are located at these energy farms, as they are often placed where no infrastructure has been built on the property before. 

Providing Health and Wellness Benefits 

Hiking has many health benefits, such as reducing stress, improving fitness, and helping aid mental well-being. 

Energy Farms have Community Benefits and Increase the Economy 

These hiking trails can help boost economic sales, bringing tourists to the community. This will give the local people the opportunity to expand their businesses. 

This can also help increase employment within the community as these sites will be visited frequently and lead to new business openings to cater to tourists. 


Renewable energy farms greatly benefit both the economy and the people who want to spend their time on them. These farms are especially important for transitioning from natural resources to newer energy resource power plants. 

From learning how to embrace green technology to getting health and wellness benefits to enjoying nature’s natural beauty and finding job opportunities within the market. 

Spending time on these renewable energy farms can be educational and recreational for anyone who visits them. To find more renewable energy farm hiking trails, you can visit


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Top Recommendations for RV Window Maintenance



Much like other sections of your RV, the windows sometimes need a bit of maintenance. It is essential to clean off dirt and insect smudges and also make sure they are adequately sealed to avoid leaks and water harm.

If you have a broken RV window, then you may want to consult Van Isle Glass. However, if you wish to know more about simple measures to ensure your RV windows stay spotless and secure, you are in the right spot! Continue reading below.

Polish Your Windshield Using Ultra-Fine #0000 Steel Wool

Numerous RV enthusiasts have praised the use of the finest grade of steel wool #0000 for removing stubborn bugs and water marks from their windshields. Before proceeding, first test the #0000 steel wool on a small portion of your windshield. Apply it with light, circular motions. Sweep away any remaining steel wool bits with a microfiber towel. Next, spritz the surface with a residue-free glass cleaner and wipe it down with a separate cloth.

Steel wool is also great when used with a spray lubricant for cleaning tires, maintaining grills, starting campfires, and repelling mice. A gentler alternative is cleansing dish pads. These pads are versatile, suitable for cleaning various materials such as wood, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, painted areas, and glass.

Apply a Sealant to Avoid Leaks

Silicone sealant is effective in stopping leaks in areas like your windshield, RV windows, sunroof, and vents. It penetrates tiny gaps, creating a robust waterproof barrier. Ensure the surfaces are clean before application and do not have old caulk, dirt, oil, and other residues.

Furthermore, clear away any standing water on windows to prevent hard water stains. Make sure the inside of your windows stay dry to avoid condensation and mold build-up. If there is significant condensation on your windows, consider getting a small dehumidifier.

Use Tools to Access Difficult Regions

Using cleaners with long handles can prevent you from straining to clean those distant parts of your windshield. Windshield cleaning tools often feature a lengthy, swiveling triangular head that is ideal for getting into corners and spots difficult to access manually.

Opt for a Residue-Free Glass Cleaner

A high-quality glass cleaner will maintain the clarity of your windows and windshield. A great glass cleaner performs well on both standard and tinted windows, making sure to remove streaks or leftover residue. Another option is a natural concoction of half vinegar and half water, with a touch of lemon essential oil.

Steer Clear of Cleaning RV Windows in Bright Sunlight

A sunny afternoon may feel perfect for washing your RV windows, but the warmth can speed up the drying of the cleaner, resulting in streaks or spots. It is advisable to tackle your RV window cleaning during early morning, late evening, or when stationed in a shaded area for the best outcome.


Keeping your RV windows clean and clear is not only about aesthetics, but is also vital for safety. The subtleties in cleaning, like steering clear of the sun and using the appropriate products, play a key role. Adhering to these guidelines will help you maintain a pristine view during your various journeys.

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