The Best in Tent Camping - Colorado

The Best in Tent Camping - Colorado

by Johnny Molloy


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Colorado is known for the Rockies, cobalt skies, deep forests, and snow-fed mountain streams, but there are other attractions as well: Mesa Verde, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, the Great Sand Dunes near the Sangre de Cristo Range, the Uncompahgre Plateau, and more. The Best in Tent Camping: Colorado will guide you to the quietest, most beautiful, most secure, and best managed campgrounds in the Centennial State. Painstakingly selected from hundreds of camping options, each profiled campground is rated for beauty, noise, privacy, security, spaciousness, and cleanliness. Also included are suggestions for nearby outdoor recreation and sightseeing, pinpointing attractions that often go unnoticed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780897325646
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date: 05/01/2004
Series: Best in Tent Camping Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

Johnny Molloy is an outdoor writer based in Johnson City, Tennessee. He has averaged over 100 nights in the wild per year since the early 1980's, backpacking and canoe camping throughout the country. He has written numerous hiking and tent camping guides for the southeastern states, Wisconsin and Colorado.

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Snowy, granite domes of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains plunge down to a forest of spruce and fir. This in turn gives way to an open meadow and Bear Lake, where you can enjoy tent camping, in the most southeasterly slice of national forest land in Colorado. Fishing comes naturally with all the water around, both still and moving. You can move along many trails in the vicinity and make a side trip to the Spanish Peaks, a National Natural Landmark.

The campground is well placed next to the dense forest and mountain meadow above Bear Lake. Along the campground's gravel loop, several wooded campsites are situated to your right with obscured views of Bear Lake. More open sites with occasional stray aspen are in the center of the loop as the road swings around into the grassy meadow. What these campsites lack in privacy they make up in views of Steep Mountain above, the nearby meadow, and a cathedral of peaks beyond. A few campsites on the outside of the loop face into the clearing, which has a stream flowing through it.

The Indian Creek trailhead starts just beyond campsite #9. The loop road begins to climb into the forest again. Another creek rushes from the high country through the campground to Bear Lake. The next few campsites are in the spruce to your right, offering the most in campsite privacy.

This is one of the highest campgrounds around, so bring that extra blanket and expect to find temperatures around, or possibly below, freezing through out the summer. Be prepared for windy, cool conditions any time at Bear Lake. Stake your tent down extra taut as well, because the gusts of wind from the peaks above can blow mighty strong. Cover yourself from the penetratingrays of the sun. Experience taught me these lessons the hard way. On my visit I failed to bring enough clothes for the chill, my face got sunburned, my tent was blown over, and I froze my tail off that night. And I still like this place.

Table of Contents

Colorado Campgrounds Keyix
Colorado Campground Locatorx
Colorado Campgrounds Map Legendxii
Northwest Colorado5
Browns Park Campground6
Byers Creek Campground9
Cold Springs Campground12
The Crags Campground15
Dinosaur National Monument: Echo Park Campground18
Golden Gate Canyon State Park21
Irish Canyon Campground24
Jacks Gulch Campground27
Longs Peak Campground30
Rainbow Lakes Campground33
Rifle Falls State Park Campground36
Shepherds Rim Campground39
Steamboat Lake State Park Campground42
Timber Creek Campground45
Central Colorado49
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park: North Rim Campground50
Buffalo Creek Campground53
Colorado National Monument: Saddlehorn Campground56
Cottonwood Lake Campground59
Curecanti National Recreation Area: Ponderosa Campground62
Dominguez Canyon Campground65
Elbert Creek Campground68
Fulford Cave Campground71
Geneva Park Campground74
Gold Park Campground77
Kite Lake Campground80
Lost Lake Campground83
Lost Park Campground86
Mirror Lake Campground89
Mueller State Park Campground92
Ruby Mountain Campground95
Supply Basin Campground98
Weir and Johnson Campground101
Weston Pass Campground104
Southwest Colorado107
Alvarado Campground108
Bear Lake Campground111
Burro Bridge Campground114
Cathedral Campground117
Great Sand Dunes National Monument: Pinon Flats Campground120
Lost Trail Campground123
Mesa Verde National Park: Morefield Campground126
Mix Lake Campground129
North Crestone Creek Campground132
Ridgway State Park Campground135
Rio Blanco Campground138
Silver Jack Campground141
Stone Cellar Campground144
Transfer Park Campground147
Trujillo Meadows Campground152
The Prairie153
Bonny Lake State Park Campground154
Jackson Lake State Park Campground157
Appendix ACamping Equipment Checklist162
Appendix BSources of Information163
About the Author164

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