Come Camp: Boulder County's Most Scenic and Accessible Camping Spots

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. 

Rainbow Lakes Campground
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Located near Indian Peaks Wilderness just outside of Nederland, Colorado, Rainbow Lakes Campground is perfect for those who are less interested in "glamping" and more interested in getting in touch with nature. 18 first come, first served sites...  Read More



Golden Gate Canyon State Park, located just 30 minutes south of Boulder and just outside of Golden, Co., allows for scenic camping. Reverends Ridge is comprised of 97 sites and allows campers and rents. Aspen Meadows provides 47 cites and is...  Read More

Indian Peaks Wilderness
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Indian Peaks Wilderness, located along Colorado's scenic Peak-to Peak Highway just above Ward and Nederland is known for its pristine wilderness, jutting mountains, roaring streams, and challenging hikes. Just the drive alone is an adventure...  Read More



With Longs Peak towering over this spectacular state park and plenty of backcountry skiing in the winter, along with hiking and climbing galore, RMNP is Colorado's iconic destination. The highlight of the 415-square mile park is the Trail Ridge...  Read More

Arapahoe National Forest
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Arapahoe National Forest is expansive and many areas lie well within a short drive from Boulder County. The Canyon lakes ranger district of Ft. Collins and the Clear Creek Road District of Idaho Springs offer cabins and campsites. Those who...  Read More

Pawnee Campground
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Pawnee Campground in situation in Indiana Peaks Wilderness above the town of Ward, Colorado. Just 40 minutes from North Boulder, this campground provides access to come of the most amazing scenic hikes in the states. Mt. Audubon, a rolling...  Read More

Gordon Gulch Campgrounds
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Just north of Nederland, Gordon Gulch allows for primitive camping, hiking with spectacular views, and a getaway from the more populated state and national parks of the Front Range. Camping is permitted in designated sites only and, because...  Read More

Boulder County Fair Grounds
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Year-round RV and camper facilities perfect for those visiting for the week or passing through on their way to the mountains are available at Boulder's beautiful fairgrounds. Located just outside the bustling city, the Boulder County Fairgrounds...  Read More

St. Vrain State Park
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St. Vrain Park is a beautiful paradise located just a short drive from Boulder with sweeping views of Longs Peak and the Rocky Mountains. Wildlife abounds and fisherman will go crazy for the Rainbow Trout available in the over 80 acres of water...  Read More

Fourth of July Campground
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Fourth of July Campground is located near the mountainous town of Nederland, Colorado and gives campers access to hiking trails leading to Arapahoe Pass, Diamond Lakes, Mt. Neva, Lake Dorothy and a variety of other trails located within Indiana...  Read More


Meet Hope Gately

Hope Gately should have a bumper sticker proclaiming "Not a Native...But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" A transplant from the Midwest, Hope has fallen in love with Colorado's mountains playing...  More About Hope