“Classic camping” is really a misleading term, since every camper is different and every campsite offers new adventures and phenomenal natural beauty, from glamping to backcountry camping. With Colorado’s 4,000 + campsites spread throughout the state, the hardest part about camping in Colorado is choosing where to go next.
Glamping and backcountry camping gear
If you’re new to camping, talking to a Colorado Parks & Wildlife representative about your needs will help you narrow your options. If you’re backpacking (or backcountry camping), another really helpful resource is the US Forest Service. Some areas have campgrounds with full hookups for your RV and luxury amenities like hot showers, laundry facilities, restrooms, and picnic tables. These are perfect for families traveling with kids, or for those that aren’t ready to take on nature like an episode of Naked and Afraid.
For the family camper or the glamper, “classic camping” will include a few comfy chairs around the fire pit, a decent mattress, and hopefully a beautiful sunrise and sunset.
For those that want to travel off the grid, away from the beaten path, the Centennial state offers plenty of backcountry camping where there are no modern day luxuries; just you and nature. It’s camping in its purest form. If you like your camping more secluded, Colorado is chock full of National Forest Service land where you can just pull off and set up camp anywhere off the road. Look for evidence that other campers have camped there, like a fire ring or tire tracks, and you are all set. And the price? FREE! Here’s a great tip: There is great camping along the edges of the Flat Tops (Rifle/Meeker area). One area I’ve really enjoyed is near Sheriff’s Reservoir. Also, check out the edges of the Flat Top’s near Trappers Lake and to the North of there.
You can use these free spots with an RV or a tent, but you always want your gear to be top of the line, as the Colorado backcountry can be unforgiving. The right gear is essential not just for comfort, but for safety… and even survival.
Borrow, rent, or buy camping gear in Colorado
No matter what type of camping you enjoy, be sure to make your reservation ahead of time. Since this is the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks Service, keep your eyes open for camping deals and free entrance days. You can also save on your entrance fees by purchasing an annual pass, so all you have to do is borrow, rent, or buy your camping gear, and it’s off to the next great camping adventure.
Tent rentals and camping supplies for Colorado campers
We’ve got the best equipment for any camping adventure. Our equipment is from top retailers like North Face, Marmot, Big Agnes, Exped, and Gregory. Stop into our camping and backpacking showroom, or we can ship to anywhere in the nation. Camping should be simple and fun. You pick the spot and we’ll send you everything you need, or just take a tent and backpack. Our goal is to make camping easy and accessible for everyone.