Best Colorado Campsites for $ 25 or Less


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Colorado camping doesn’t have to break the bank. These best seats suit all budgets!

Colorado and camping go hand in hand like campfires and s’mores. And for those of us lucky enough to live here (or visit), there are plenty of budget options. Check out these top sites for classic Colorado camping experiences that will have you making memories and exploring the hidden places our state has to offer, all on a budget. In fact, most – if not all of these campsites cost $ 25 / night and less.

Angel of Shavano Campground – $ 20 / night

Angel of Shavano

Courtesy of Angel of Shavano Campground (Facebook)

Shavano Angel Campsite is a small site with only 20 campsites, but it is quiet and secluded. Located near the North Fork of the South Arkansas River, it’s nestled in the San Isabel National Forest and about three hours from Denver. A campsite will cost $ 20 per night and will be first come, first served. Tent camping and caravans are permitted here and will require a two night weekend stay, two vehicles or one motorhome per pitch. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash. This campground is most visited on summer weekends and is one of the best-kept secret camping spots in the state.

Camping Crags – $ 18 / night

The cliffs campsite near Divide offers 17 sites for tents, small trailers and motorhomes at $ 18 per night (add $ 6 for a motorhome). Another first-come, first-served campground, the Campground is a pristine mountain area in the Pike National Forest. Close to the beloved Crags Trail, Devil’s Playground Trail, and stunning views and access to the mountains, this is a place you should not miss. If you like primitive, backcountry type camping, this is the one for you.

Bear Lake Campground – $ 21 / night

Bear Lake Campsite is another location in the San Isabel National Forest that delivers the Colorado camping experience to its fullest. This rustic location has 14 campsites, an on-site host, and access to hiking, biking, fishing, and incredible views. The Spanish Peaks Wilderness is 15 miles from the campground and a tributary of the Cuchara River runs through the camp, and Blue Lake is 1 mile away. This is the perfect place for a mountain getaway and at $ 21 / night you really get a lot more than what you pay for.

Molas Lake Park and Campground – $ 20 / night

Molas Lake Park and Campground is managed by the Town of Silverton. Granted to the city in 1925 by the United States Bureau of Land Management, the 137-acre campground is located in the San Juan Mountains along the Million Dollar Highway. Adjacent to the Weminuche Wilderness, there are picturesque views in all directions and several locations for $ 20 a night. Camping in a motorhome and in a tent is allowed, as well as pets on a leash. This campground has a camping store, hot water showers ($ 5 per use), fishing, kayak, and paddleboard rentals, plus plenty of biking and hiking opportunities.

Medano stream

Medano Creek 2019, image courtesy of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Facebook)

Pinon Flats Campsite – $ 20 / night

Pinon Flats Campground Managed by the National Park Service is located one mile north of the Great Sand Dunes National Park Visitor Center. There are 88 spots here that start at $ 20 a night, reservations are taken up to six months in advance, although cancellations can occur, leaving sites open on a first-come, first-served basis. During peak season, late May through early June, expect this campground to be booked, especially when Medano Creek is high. Restrooms with flush toilets, sinks, and water faucets are on site, RVs up to 35ft in length are allowed, but this site does not have hookups. There is a camping store with snacks, conviviality food and firewood between loops 1 and 2.

Sunset Arapaho Bay CO

Sunset over Arapaho Bay, photo courtesy of Danielle DeGroot

Arapahoe Bay Campground – $ 21 / night

Arapahoe Bay Campground near Grand Lake will be at the top of your list of favorite camping spots. Located on Lake Granby, southeast of Grand Lake, this campground is located in the Arapaho National Reserve and is part of the Roosevelt National Forest. The crystal-clear mountain waters, fresh air and spectacular views will keep you coming back year after year. Well-maintained, secluded, and scenic spots start at $ 21 a night and can be booked online.

We know Colorado is full of amazing campsites and it’s impossible to name them all, so we need your help! Please share with us your favorite spots and camping tips in the comments below!


Sally J. Minick

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