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Old 03-15-2017, 01:04 PM
 
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We want to camp in colorful Colorado this summer, but I'm one who needs a bit of acclamation for anything over 7500-8000 ft ish, it seems. As a kid it didn't bother me, but I got really sick up in Park Co a few years ago. Had to vacate quick. Plus we will have a not quite one year old, and I'm not sure how they do in higher climates. Right now, we are in Georgia... probably close to sea level.

Anyway, looking for camping where the park and the routes to it are at a reasonable altitude. I'm not finding many parks in the flat areas of CO. We are hoping to find 'dispersed' camping. State parks and national forests are okay, if the rates are affordable. Affordable being free camping for cardholders or </= $20 per night.

Thanks for any info.
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Old 03-15-2017, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Can you travel over passes at all? Going any place west of the Front Range is going to require travel over mountain passes, even if you are going to lower elevation places over the mountains.

Not sure about camping opportunities at all of these, but some places for you to look into; South Republican Wildlife Area, Bonny Wildlife Area, John Martin State Park, Sterling State Park, Jackson State Park, Pawnee National Grasslands, Lathrop State Park, Comanche National Grasslands, Pueblo State Park, Great Sand Dunes, San Luis State Park.

Or this might help you get some ideas; Colorado Vacation Directory of Cabins Campgrounds Lodging & Attractions
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Old 03-15-2017, 02:35 PM
 
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Plenty of links here dispersed camping colorafo - Google Search


The under 8,000 feet criteria will eliminate a lot of the prettier spots.


You might look just north of Lake George or just south of Buffalo Creek or Bailey. Elevations might be alright. SW of Del Norte might be too high. Could buy a topo map. Handy for directions as well as elevation checks.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:22 PM
 
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Yep. Buy a topo map app and search. People are pretty guarded with their dispersed sites.
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:53 PM
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You can get to a number of places "in the mountains" without going over any high passes. Buena Vista, Estes Park, and Red Feather Lakes are a few examples, all of which are 7500-8000 feet above sea level. Also, the previously mentioned Great Sand Dunes NP is close, with the visitor's center being just over 8000 ft.


There are some NFS campgrounds along the Poudre River, just northwest of Fort Collins, that would be well below 8000 ft. And I believe there's a campground at Horsetooth Reservoir just outside of Fort Collins.


I'm not sure about dispersed camping that meets your requirements. We did some of this SW of metro Denver many years ago. It was not extremely high in elevation, but I couldn't say for sure whether it was 7000? 8000? 9000?
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Old 03-15-2017, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Dispersed camping in the Buena Vista area is going to be hard to find below 8,000 feet. Our house on the valley floor is 8,000 feet, and there is dispersed camping in the Cottonwood Lake area nearby but it is at 9,500 feet. Chalk Creek Campground is 9,000 feet. Even the KOA campground is over 8,000 feet.
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Old 03-15-2017, 08:26 PM
 
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Difficult Campground is 8,200 ft, near Aspen, and in a beautiful area.
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Old 03-15-2017, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Check around the Montrose and Ridgway areas. From 5800 to 7000 feet.
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Old 03-15-2017, 09:54 PM
 
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Thanks, all. Will look into this info ��
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Old 03-15-2017, 10:08 PM
 
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We want to camp in colorful Colorado this summer, but I'm one who needs a bit of acclamation for anything over 7500-8000 ft ish, it seems. As a kid it didn't bother me, but I got really sick up in Park Co a few years ago. Had to vacate quick. Plus we will have a not quite one year old, and I'm not sure how they do in higher climates. Right now, we are in Georgia... probably close to sea level.

Anyway, looking for camping where the park and the routes to it are at a reasonable altitude. I'm not finding many parks in the flat areas of CO. We are hoping to find 'dispersed' camping. State parks and national forests are okay, if the rates are affordable. Affordable being free camping for cardholders or </= $20 per night.

Thanks for any info.
There is no free camping with state park or national lands passes. Those passes pay for day use or entrance fees; camping has a separate fee, which makes sense.

State and national campgrounds have some sites under or up to $20 per night.

If you might need to vacate quickly, whether for your own altitude difficulties or for the toddler screaming up a storm, you should stick to places that are close to good roads, which tend not to be the dispersed camping areas. Also, some of the dispersed camping areas have "undesirables" staying there. Might not be a great place for family camping.

One more thing: in CO, the burden of knowing what is public and what is private lies on the person entering those areas. It is NOT the responsibility of private landowners to post "Private" or "No trespassing" although some do so.
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