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Old 05-13-2010, 12:00 PM
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I'm planning on a couple of camping (tent) trips this summer for my family of four (with 12 and 11 year old boys), one week in mid-June and another one week in mid-July. What's your vote for top 5 family-friendly camping trips/sites in CO?
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Old 05-13-2010, 03:47 PM
 
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Well, if you want one of the best trips, get tickets for the Durango-Silverton Railroad to Elk Park (on the Colorado Trail). Get off at Elk Park with your tents & equipment for a couple of days. It's a whistle stop & you arrange for flagging down the train. Get your round-trip tickets in advance.

There are great campsites right near the train tracks so you don't even have to haul your equipment far. Plan to bear bag your food. What boys wouldn't love the narrow gauge ride & then Las Animas River!? Great place to possibly see deer & elk. The hike from there up the Colorado Trail to Eldorado Lake is magnificent. Or you can just take short hikes. Hike early morning to avoid early afternoon thunderstorms on ridges.
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Old 05-13-2010, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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Lake O'Haver (southwest of Salida)
Pickle Gulch (northwest of Idaho Springs)
Winding River Resort Campground (Grand Lake)
San Luis Lakes State Park (west of the Sand Dunes, southwest Colorado)
Chatfield State Park (southwest of Denver)

I like sites with water!!
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Old 05-13-2010, 04:37 PM
 
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None of them are labeled on the map and they cannot be driven to.
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:59 PM
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None of them are labeled on the map and they cannot be driven to.
I prefer somewhere my GPS can direct me to...
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Old 05-14-2010, 06:24 AM
 
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Check out Golden Gate Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:16 PM
 
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My personal favorites are the camp grounds at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Mesa Verde National Park. But, there are a million other choices and it really depends on what kind of activities you want and how primitive you are willing to camp.
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Old 05-21-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Our family had a blast at the YMCA campground up by Winter Park called Snow Mountain Ranch. When we went dry camping, we went up by Terryall Lake of Hwy 24, but you are out in the middle of no where and you create your own stuff to do. Snow Mountain has tons of activities and mostly free (archery, zip lining, crafts, ladder golf, swimming, library, etc.)
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Old 05-22-2010, 11:44 PM
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Colorado National Monument, State Forest State Park, Fulford Cave, Mueller, Eleven Mile
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Old 05-23-2010, 11:19 AM
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Keep the recommendations coming... I'm carefully considering all posts...
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