5 Awesome Campgrounds near Denver

Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora. Photo Credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife (Flickr)

Want to get away from the city but don’t want to travel too far? These campgrounds near Denver give you that breath of fresh air without the hassle of a long drive.

1. Base Camp in Golden Gate Canyon

This privately-owned campground located less than an hour from the city center is nestled three miles from the scenic Golden Gate Canyon State Park. You can explore the state park, head to nearby Blackhawk, or simply get into the wilderness for a quick and easy night away.

2. Buffalo Campground Near Buffalo Creek

One of the easiest to reach campgrounds near Denver, Buffalo Creek puts you in the heart of the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area. Mountain bikers and hikers will enjoy over 40 miles of nearby trails. Colorado’s famous thru-hike, the Colorado Trail, is conveniently located near the campground and provides access to the Lost Creek Wilderness.

3. Cherry Creek State Park Campground Near Denver

Cherry Creek State Park offers year-round camping right near Denver. Located just southeast of downtown along the shores of the Cherry Creek Reservoir. Boating and fishing enthusiasts can enjoy water access including a boat launch.

4. Chatfield State Park South of Denver

Chatfield State Park is one campground near Denver that has a little something for everyone. Boaters and fishers can recreate on the Chatfield Reservoir while hikers, bikers, and horse enthusiasts alike have several trails to choose from.

5. Chief Hosa Campground in Genesee

The Chief Hosa campground opened in 1918, making it the first motor-camping area in America. The campground lies within Genesee Mountain Park where a herd of bison roam. Enjoy viewing the bison, hiking, and beautiful views of the Continental Divide.

You don’t need to go far to find campgrounds near Denver. Get out there and explore, don’t forget the s’mores!


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