Fall in Colorado is the perfect time of year for a road trip. Golden aspens dot the hillsides, the sun isn’t quite as intense as mid-summer, and you’re sure to find some peace and quiet with less crowded byways and campgrounds. Whether you’re planning an extended trip or just getting away from it all for the weekend, an RV camping experience is one of the most relaxing ways to explore. Without the hassle of tents and extra camping gear, you can sleep in comfort with many of the amenities of home. If you’re up for an adventure this fall, try these six Colorado RV campgrounds situated in some of the most beautiful landscapes in Colorado. Presented by Outdoorsy.
1. Timber Creek Campground – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Timber Creek Campground is the only one on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park near the Grand Lake entrance. The 98 sites are first-come, first-served, and reservations are not accepted. You’ll be roughing it a little bit at this scenic campground: there are no electric, water, or sewer hookups, but you will be perfectly situated to explore Rocky Mountain National Park and the beautiful mountain town of Grand Lake.
2. Lake Irwin Campground – Crested Butte, Colorado
This lakeside campground located about nine miles from Crested Butte has truly unbeatable views. A fall hike or mountain bike trip would be the perfect way to explore this rugged region as well as enjoying the lake while fishing or kayaking. Lake Irwin is a popular campground so reserve in advance to ensure that you get a site.
3. Baby Doe Campground — Leadville, Colorado
This beautiful campground sits on the shores of Turquoise Lake near Leadville, Colorado. In the distance, you can see 14,000-foot Mount Massive and the surrounding wilderness area, some of Colorado’s most pristine backcountry. Anglers fish for cutthroat, rainbow, brown, and lake trout from shore and by boat, and the 6.4-mile Turquoise Lake Trail meanders through this campground. Head to Independence Pass for a stunning scenic drive or explore the historic mining town of Leadville during your stay.
4. Fort Collins/Poudre Canyon KOA – Fort Collins, Colorado
This KOA park offers electrical hookups as well as Wi-Fi and cable TV. If you choose to visit in the summer, enjoy the swimming pool as well. While staying at this KOA, take the opportunity to raft down the Poudre Canyon with one of the many nearby rafting companies, or fish from this wild river’s shores.
5. Sportman’s Campground – Pagosa Springs, Colorado
While Sportman’s Campground only has 32 full hook-up RV sites, the additional amenities make this a home-away-from-home near gorgeous Pagosa Springs. This campground features a fire pit for nights outdoors, as well as Wi-fi and cable. Discover the beauty of the San Juan Mountains from horseback, head to town to enjoy the many hot springs, or go for a hike to the plunging Fourmile Falls.
6. Dakota Terraces Campground – Ridgway, Colorado
While Dakota Terraces Campground is comparatively small, this campground in Ridgway State Park offers electrical hookups, shared water, and a dump station. The true benefit of this campground is the incredible views: Ridgway State Park offers a beautiful waterfront and gorgeous vistas of the surrounding San Juan Mountains. Relax in the hot springs in Ridgway and Ouray, spend some time on the lake in Ridgway State Park, or take the opportunity to capture some unforgettable photographs over Dallas Divide.