Boulder Parents Guide

Parents Want To Know: Where Should I Take My Family Camping?

The tulips are blooming, it’s staying light later and summer is around the corner. Soon it will be time to pack up the car and head out for a weekend to enjoy some of the the beautiful natureall around Colorado. If you’ve never camped before (or haven’t taken your kids yet) you may choose to stay a bit closer to home, just in case you decide you need to make quick escape. Here are some of the most-recommended campgrounds for families:

  • Turquoise Lake Molly Brown Campground – Leadville, CO (about 2 1/4 h drive)
    Molly Brown Campground, on the eastern shore of Turquoise Lake, sits in a shaded lodgepole pine forest. The campground is ideal for enjoying the popular recreation lake and offers access to boating, fishing, hiking and water skiing. 
    Parents Say: Go in July for ideal weather 
  • Glacier Basin in Rocky Mountain National Park – Estes Park, CO (about 1 1/4 h drive)
    Glacier Basin Campground (8,500 feet) is adjacent to Estes Park in the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.  From lush valleys to craggy peaks with elevations reaching over 14,000 feet, visitors are provided opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures.
    Parents Say: Convenient to the RMNP shuttle, some sites are lacking trees due to pine beetles
  • Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park – Estes Park, CO (about 1 1/4 h drive)
    Moraine Park Campground (8,160 feet) is located near the Beaver Meadows Entrance on Highway 36. It is situated on the north side of Moraine Park, offering beautiful views of the vast park and the surrounding mountains.
    Parents Say: Check the site map to see how far you are from the bathroom if you have littles that will need to take several trips
  • Pawnee Campground at Brainard Lake – Ward, CO (under 1 h drive)
    Set in a glacially-carved valley, the Brainard Lake Recreation Area is the most popular destination on the Boulder Ranger District.
    Parents Say: Ideal to wait until July so the snow will have all melted, close enough to head home if disaster strikes
  • Heaton Bay Campground at Lake Dillon – Dillon, CO (about 1 1/2 h drive)
    The alpine lake community of Dillon is the perfect setting for a day of adventure and fun. illon is the perfect family getaway close to Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Vail, Beaver Creek, and Denver.
    Parents Say: A trail from the campground leads into town, bring bikes! Shade limited due to pine beetle tree loss

If you have a favorite spot that isn’t listed about (and you’re willing to share it!), let us know. And if you want more information, the Facebook group Boulder Area Camping Families is a great resource.

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