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5 Captivating Camping & Road Tripping Destinations in Colorado

Brian Bates

Colorado is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering breathtaking landscapes, majestic mountains, and a myriad of recreational opportunities. Whether you're a seasoned camper or a nature lover looking for an unforgettable adventure, Colorado has something for everyone.

Let's take a look at five of the best locations for a road trip! If there is a specific location for sunset hunters, we will include it at the bottom of the paragraph, but keep in mind that most of them are mountain ranges that are perfect for sunrises or sunsets.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Nestled in the heart of the Rockies, Rocky Mountain National Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. With over 350 miles of hiking trails, alpine lakes, and towering peaks, it offers endless opportunities for exploration. The park boasts several campgrounds, including Moraine Park, Glacier Basin, and Aspenglen, where you can pitch your tent and immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of Colorado's high country.

Catch a sunset at: Longs Peak

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Venture to the southern part of the state to discover the mesmerizing Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. This unique destination showcases the tallest sand dunes in North America, reaching heights of up to 750 feet. Camping at the Pinon Flats Campground allows you to experience the surreal landscape up close, with stunning views of the dunes and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Discover the dramatic beauty of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, where the Gunnison River has carved a deep and narrow gorge through the rugged landscape. Camp at the South Rim Campground and witness the awe-inspiring vistas, sheer cliffs, and the mesmerizing play of light and shadows. Hiking trails and overlooks offer breathtaking views of the canyon, making it a photographer's dream.

Catch a sunset at: Cedar Point or Dragon Point

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

Located near Aspen, the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness is a picturesque gem in the Colorado Rockies. It features the iconic Maroon Bells, two towering peaks reflected in the serene Maroon Lake. Camping at Silver Bell Campground offers a tranquil setting surrounded by stunning alpine scenery. Hiking trails lead you through wildflower-filled meadows, pristine forests, and breathtaking vistas.

Mesa Verde National Park

For a unique camping experience intertwined with history and culture, Mesa Verde National Park is a must-visit destination. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to ancient cliff dwellings and well-preserved archaeological sites of the Ancestral Puebloans. The Morefield Campground provides an ideal base for exploring the park, with guided tours, hiking trails, and the opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich Native American heritage.

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