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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

Do you know of some good camping spots for kids in Colorado?

I love Colorado This weekend, I'm taking the kids camping for the first time. It seems like a good Father's Day tradition and this seems like a good year to start it. I'm thinking of taking them to either Golden Gate Canyon State Park or Rocky Mountain National Park. The later is likely to be a lot colder at night, but it probably has more scenic camping spots too.

I'm looking for suggestions of good spots to camp w/in 2 hours of Denver. Got any?


Posted in General at Jun 12 2008, 08:11:55 AM MDT 7 Comments

A bit more of a drive than you are looking for but Great Sand Dunes National Park is unreal.

Posted by on June 12, 2008 at 09:29 AM MDT #

Golden Gate and RMNP are our two favorites. You may be surprised at the difference in elevation between Golden Gate and RMNP. The main campground in Golden Gate, Reverend's Ridge, is above 9000 feet. Our favorite campground in RMNP, Moraine Park, is at around 8100 feet.

But, as of late last week, Golden Gate was all booked up... we're taking our 3 month old triplets up there this weekend.

I second the earlier comment on the Great Sand Dunes. We camped outside of Alamosa over Memorial Day weekend and had a fantastic time:

Whereever you end up, have a great time... it's hard to imagine a better way to spend Father's Day weekend.

Posted by Doug Hays on June 12, 2008 at 10:05 AM MDT #

It's probably too heavily used, but there's a very nice spot off of Guanella pass, just to the west of the road on the 285 side. It's kind of a big, flat, meadow-y area with some trees and plenty of camp sites. I seem to recall a little stream, but I could be making that up. We're thinking of taking the kids up there some time in July.

Posted by Tim Berglund on June 12, 2008 at 10:16 AM MDT #

There are some campgrounds near Jefferson Lake in South Park that are nice. The lake itself is scenic and would be a good fishing spot for the kids. There is another campground nearby there called Michigan Creek campground that's good too. It's a nice 4-wheel drive from there up over Georgia Pass, which will take you to Breckenridge if you go all the way over.

If you don't need full campground facilities, there are some good spots I found last year near Keystone along Keystone Gulch.

Posted by Brad Swanson on June 12, 2008 at 01:10 PM MDT #

I'll second Moraine. I live in Superior just down the road from you and have taken the kids (2 & 6) there many times. Last year a whole troop of Elk walked right through our campsite. Needless to say it was quite the dinner show, the other bit is that the rangers usually have some sort of presentation in the outdoor amphitheater which is fun for the kids. There is fishing and hiking all around the site of course so don't hesitate if you are leaning in that direction. It will be cold at night though so it helps if you have an air mattress to keep your bodies off the ground a bit.

You will not believe the stars...

Posted by john on June 12, 2008 at 07:42 PM MDT #

Another vote for Moraine Park in RMNP. Especially if you can get a "tent only" or "tent only walk in" spot on the north side. You'll be near the cub lake trailhead which has a couple of easy hikes for it's not unusual to see quite a bit of wildlife in the area.

You'll want to try and make a reservation during the summer.

Posted by Brian on June 12, 2008 at 08:37 PM MDT #

What a brilliant idea! I have a two and a half year old son and was wondering what I should be doing with him on father's day. I live in Austin, TX which has a lot of opportunities for outdoor activities. I follow your blog on a weekly basis and read almost all your posts. You are a good father Matt and your kids will be proud of you.

Posted by S. R. Tiruvan on June 13, 2008 at 02:51 PM MDT #

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