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Old 06-17-2012, 10:40 PM
 
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I need help locating the perfect campground and I know its here, heck there might be several but we are new to colorado. Looking to camp on lake, one you can swim in if warm enough. Looking for the area to have hiking and mountain biking trails, and dog friendly. A huge bonus would be offroad trails in the area as well. Closer to Denver area the better although we would drive. Thanks for anyone that can help!
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Good campgrounds are one of those things people aren't likely to say, especially near Denver. So many people are trying to do what you're wanting to do, so people would rather keep them secret than have them be over crowded
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:17 PM
 
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Wink A grand swim

You might consider camping at—or at least near—Grand Lake, CO.

Despite the ravages of the mountain pine beetle, it is still a beautiful area. And Grand Lake itself is magnificent. Somewhat cool, but in summer warm enough to feasibly swim in—and what water!

There are of course cabins and other lodging at the town of Grand Lake and about the lakeshore. Actual camping there may be more problematic. Nearby, there are of course campgrounds in Rocky Mountain National Park. If on a lake (and not a long hike well into the backcountry), then your best bet might be a commercial campground in the area, such as this one at Lake Granby (swimming in Lake Granby probably allowed):
Camp In Colorado: Stillwater Campground

RMNP encircles Grand Lake on three sides, briefly directly abutting this lake on its east shore, as well as a good portion of the eastern shore of Shadow Mountain Lake (reservoir—but Grand Lake the real deal). Shadow mountain might require a hike, but there is a road to the east side of Grand Lake and the East Inlet Trailhead. Whether camping in the the park there is allowed is another question; best check with RMNP directly to determine the status of such things.

A bit farther drive from Denver than some other possibilities. But the area should meet most wants, and is sure to be remembered as a lovely excursion. Grand Lake itself, even if no more than visited—and of course swum in—would be worth it.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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Thanks for the info on granby, looking into that now!
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:09 PM
 
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Help finding the perfect campground?

IF such a beast existed it would probably be in the east or in the Pacific NW where water is more abundant. As far as I know there is no such place in Colorado.
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Try Twin Lakes near Leadville.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Burlington, Colorado
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Blue Mesa Reservoir maybe? Not very close to Denver though. Grand Lake may be your best option. Cherry Creek State park is in Denver, but no mountains there.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:29 PM
 
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Check out Twin Lakes. Depending on what you're camping style is, one side is paid developed campgrounds and the otherside has dispersed campsites. The lakes are usually warm enough to swim in around late July but this year probably by the 2nd week of July. The Lakes are big enough to usually feel like you are alone. Lots of hiking in 14er country also the Colorado Trail runs right through Twin Lakes. Just don't go on race weekend. Too many offroad possibilities too list but lots of websites and books detail them.
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