Skip to main content

Camping with Kids in Colorado

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you might remember that about a month ago I was very excited about our first camping trip of the season. I was planning all of the details to make the trip go smoothly, create some fun memories, and give myself some room to relax. Although naturally nothing went as planned, I can honestly say that memories were made.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is said to have some of the best tent camping in Colorado - I concur. This is just one reason why you can't just pack up the car today and hope to find a spot tonight. Reservations are almost a necessity and when you're going with kids you just can't take the risk of driving around trying to find a camping spot (fyi, we made this mistake for the first and last time about a year ago).

To me, Golden Gate is the perfect location for several reasons, not the least of which that it is close to home (less than an hour and a half from south Denver) and because it is a state park has plenty of well-kept accommodations (ie. decent bathrooms).


We scored what I think were the best spots in the whole park - Aspen Meadows sites 24 & 25 - because of their quiet, inner-loop location, and tons of boulders for the kids to climb on and play. We've also stayed at Aspen Meadows sites 18 & 19 before which are also winners, and great if you really want to find some community with other campers.

Kid's relaxing at the camp site



We hiked to "Dude's Fishing Hole" which was an easy and short walk for kids, just slightly uphill on the way back to camp. Skipping rocks & bird watching were our main events, but obviously fishing would suit & in warmer weather I'd bet some wading would be a blast.
Dude's Fishing Hole

On your way in or out, you need to stop at Panorama Point and enjoy the view. If you're only taking a day hike, this would be an awesome spot for having your picnic lunch because it has bathrooms and a covered area. My experience is that some of the lower hiking trails (before you get up to the camping areas) are very exposed and not great for families on a hot sunny day.

Even if you already have your state parks pass, I'd still recommend a stop at the visitor's center on the way into the park. They have a nice display that will pique the kids' interest and give them some extra motivation to make it the rest of the way up to your camping spot!

I'd love to hear about your favorite camping spots close to (or far from) Denver. Leave a comment so we can check them out!

Comments

  1. Thanks for this. We are fairly new to Colorado, living in Breckenridge, and have been looking for good camp ground reviews so we can explore our new home. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts! Starting to plan our summer camping trips already (yes, that's a little cabin fever talking), so I'm going to start making site reservations now! Thanks again!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for taking the time to comment! Come back again soon.

Popular posts from this blog

Mom Spot: Living Green Tip

I have one word for today:

compost
Anyone can do it, anywhere, any time of the year. Countertop composting may be your best option if you live in  a small place. But believe me, you want to get this stuff out of the house as soon as possible. Seriously.
That's why what you really need to know about is what goes in there and where to put it. I've read books on the subject (yes, actual entire books) and here's what it boils down to: Get yourself a good collection bin for inside and a realistic spot to put it outside (I use an old plastic ice cream container by my sink and then a standard bin with lid in my garden.)Stick with vegetable and fruit debris primarily along with egg shells and coffee grounds.Although coffee grounds can go directly to the dirt, all else needs time to decompose. Give it no more than 3 days inside and then get it where it needs to go!So where should it go? In a bin, in a ditch, or on a pile. You choose. (If you live in an apartment, don't think this i…

Frisco's Wassail Days

Friends, 
I'm so excited to bring you the details of this family event in Frisco, Colorado! Nothing says Christmas like getting up into the beautiful Rocky Mountains and celebrating the holidays nestled in a cozy town with your closest friends and family. Fresh snow. Lighted trees. Sleigh rides. Visits with Santa.
And it all starts with the Santa Dash for Cash - a 1K "fun run" in which all participants must wear Santa gear! The run is TOMORROW and when you register at www.wassaildays.com you will receive a Frisco Santa shirt, a Santa hat and at the end of the run you will receive a stocking full of goodies including Wassail Cash (the official currency of Wassail Days that can be used at local restaurants and retailers) and a FREE pass for a ½ hour of tubing at the Frisco Adventure Park Tubing Hill. What a deal!!

Wassail Days is going on all week long (Dec 3-11). Start a new tradition with this annual event that has something for everyone in your family! (And, if you can&#…

Psalm 16

This Psalm has been blessing me. I pray it will bless you too. Thanks to BibleGateway.com for making it so easy to share these beautiful words with you.16 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.” 3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,
in whom is all my delight. 4 The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names on my lips. 5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. 7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my