The Front Range of Colorado and Boulder, in particular, offers some of the most scenic drives and outdoor recreation in the country. The Rocky Mountains and Flatirons serve as picturesque backdrops for hiking, rock-climbing, rafting, fishing, and, of course, camping. Luckily, Boulder is situated conveniently within driving distance of several state parks, Rocky Mountain National Park, and a variety of areas perfect for camping and just being with nature.
Topping out the list, the Fourth of July Campground, just a short drive up Boulder Canyon, is a spectacular area for hiking. A peaceful area just outside of the quirky town of Nederland, Colo., this campground is accessible year-round, though getting to it in the wintertime requires a 4WD vehicle and some nerve.
Known worldwide, Rocky Mountain National offers a plethora of established campgrounds as well as backcountry spots. Moraine campground, in particular, puts visitors close to Cub Lake and just a short distance from famous Bear, Nymph, and Emerald Lake.
Want to get into the mountains but skip most of the crowds? Pawnee Campground, near Brainard Lake in Indian Peaks Wilderness offers the opportunity for a quiet evening and stunning views. Though popular, this is a smaller campground that fills up quickly, so reservations or getting there early is highly recommended.
Choose any one of the spectacular camping areas near Boulder and you're sure to have a once-in-a-lifetime mountain experience.