Dad’s Affordable Camping Spots in the Denver-Metro Area!

Golden Gate Canyon

Bear Creek Lake Park, Lakewood, CO
Campground Fees $20/night
Contact Information:
Bear Creek Lake Park Visitor Center
15600 W. Morrison Rd.
Lakewood, CO 80465
Direct: 303-697-6159 | Email:

Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Golden, CO

RV and tent camping is available year round but can only be reserved for ARRIVAL dates between the Friday before Memorial Day to the 2nd weekend in October. All other times, when the campgrounds are open, the sites are available on a first-come first-served basis. May services and amenities are offered such as fishing, biking, hiking, visitor center, bathrooms, etc.

Chatfield State Park, Littleton, CO

In Littleton, off E-470 in Denver’s foothills Chatfield has a diverse ecosystem, expansive reservoir, swim beach, multi-use trails. State Park with views of the Platte River Valley, 197 campsites, marina, and full livery.

Cherry Creek State Park, Denver, CO

Minutes from downtown Denver. Enjoy recreation at Cherry Creek State Park: 139 campsites, boating, fishing, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, bird watching, and snowshoeing.

St. Vrain State Park, Longmont, CO
Near Longmont, 30 miles north of Denver, St. Vrain is a charming State Park with full hookup and electric only campsites. The ponds are home to Egrets, White Pelicans, Tall Cormorants. Warm water fishing!

Boyd Lake State Park, Loveland, CO
A modern water sports State Park near Loveland Boyd Lake has campsites open year-round. The 1,700 acre reservoir offers: boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, swim beach, hiking & biking trails, hunting.

Gross Reservoir – This is a FREE campsite. Pinecliffe, Colorado
Forest Service (USDA), 303-541-2500
Gross Reservoir is open June-September. There are 6-15 campsites at this location.

Rainbow Lakes – This is a FREE campsite. Nederland, CO

There is a 5 mile road (CO 116) off of Peak to Peak Hwy (CO 72), just 7 miles north of Nederland. The Rainbow Lakes Campground is at the end of the road, but there is plenty of space along the road (except the 2 mile section where camping is not allowed) where you can park your car on the side of the road and walk into the forest. There are many obvious pull-offs along the road where people commonly stop. Very easy to find a secluded spot.

Buffalo Creek Area in Pike National Forest – This is a FREE campsite.
3.5 miles south of the small town of Buffalo Creek on County Road 126 (also known as Deckers Rd.)is a turn off west on Forest Road 550 into Pike National Forest. For about 5 miles on Forest Road 550, there are various dispersed free camping sites along both sides of the road until you reach the official National Forest Campground called Buffalo. This area is great for hiking and mountain biking. The Colorado Trail cuts through this area, and nearby Buffalo Creek Mountain Bike Area has 40 miles of biking trails.!3754&query=sitedetails

White Ranch Park, Jefferson County Open Space

Call 303-271-5948 for more information

White Ranch Park is home to abundant wildlife and encompasses open meadows, forested foothills, a pristine canyon, buttes, rock formations and Van Bibber Creek along the southern border. It also boasts 20 miles of multi-use trails over both gentle and rugged terrain.
From several locations in the park, including the Sawmill Hikers Campground, visitors are rewarded with sweeping views of the Plains and Denver. Equestrians can take advantage of hitching rails and a horse corral at the Sourdough Springs Equestrian Campground.

Reynolds Park, Jefferson County Open Space

Call 303-271-5948 for more information

Reynolds Park provides two special outdoor experiences. On the west side of South Foxton Road, hiker and equestrian trails allow visitors to climb to scenic overlooks. On the east, multiple-use trails connect to the Idylease Campground for permitted camping and access to the North Fork Trail.
Mountain bikers are welcome to explore the east side of South Foxton Road and connect to a 9.3-mile trail that originates at the parking lot and terminates at the South Platte River, allowing access to the Colorado Trail. Trails on the west side of Foxton Road remain hiker and equestrian only.
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Please Note:  This information was taken from online websites. Please make sure to verify any, and all, information before you make specific plans! We would be glad to recommend specific sites if you would contact us with specific needs.