10 Most Popular Campgrounds to Explore Colorful Colorado

From deserts and canyons to the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, you can curate the Colorado camping experience of your dreams. After extensive research on campsites across the state of Colorado, we have chosen 10 popular campgrounds around Colorado — from the Front Range to the Western Slopes — to get you started. When camping, always research and prepare for your chosen campsite.

Saddlehorn Campground

Location: Grand Junction, Colorado (4 hours and 30 minutes from Denver)
Campsites: 80 sites (seven-person site limit, three tents per site, and two vehicles per site)

No, this is not the Grand Canyon — these gargantuan rock formations are in western Colorado. And you can enjoy them from Saddlehorn Campground, high on the Colorado Plateau in the Colorado National Monument Park. And as you’re soaking in the views of canyons, be sure to also look to the sky for the chance to spot soaring eagles.

Throughout the park, you’ll find a good amount of shade as a result of the many pinyons and juniper trees. This campground is a paradise for all outdoor enthusiasts — hikers, cyclists, motor enthusiasts, geologists, and photographers. Also, if you’re an experienced climber, there are plenty of places for you to take on the towering sandstone.

Leave your fire logs at home, because wood fires are prohibited throughout the park. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, backcountry camping is permitted — you just need to obtain a free backcountry permit at the visitor center. The campground is located close to three cities — Grand Junction, Fruita, and Palisade. All three have a lot to offer if you have the time to visit them.

Other Features

  • Open year-round
  • Restrooms
  • Leashed pets allowed (not allowed on hiking trails, only on paved surfaces)
  • Picnic areas and charcoal grill
  • Bookstore
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