Roosevelt National Forest

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About Roosevelt National Forest

Spanning from the foothills of north-central Colorado to the eastern side of the Continental Divide, Roosevelt National Forest is heaven for outdoor enthusiasts (and soon-to-be outdoor enthusiasts… because you’ll immediately fall in love with nature after hanging out here.) Thanks to it’s prime position on the Front Range, and it’s proximity to cities like Boulder and Denver, it’s fairly easy to get your booty out here. Camp at established sites or deep in the backcountry, either way, you’ll fall in love with the snow-capped peaks, starry skies, and acres upon acres of heavily forested land. Hiking is one of the best ways to explore Roosevelt, and there are trails for everyone. Hardcore hikers to casual weekend strollers can all find something to enjoy in this mountain paradise.

Campgrounds in Roosevelt

Brainard Lake Recreation Area
Johnathan
Johnathan: Love this place! Brainard Lake is a great place enjoy the great outdoors in the quintessential...
Ansel Watrous Campground
Colorado is chock-full of canyons, but the Poudre Canyon of the northern front range just might be the...
Peaceful Valley Campground
Jody
Jody: If Peaceful Valley is full, try Camp Dick. Terrible name, but it is right behind Peaceful Valley. For...
Big South Campground
With only a few sites, Big South Campground is your chance to embrace the freeing feeling of mountain...
Dowdy Lake Campground
Amy
Amy: A nearby lake called Creedmore Lake is a bit quieter than Dowdy and offers a more secluded environment...
Grandview Campground
One visit to Grandview Campground and you’ll know why it got its name. Located by the west end of Long...
West Lake Campground
Colorado’s hottest campground is West Lake Campground and it has e-very-thing: boating, fishing,...
Big Bend Campground
Big Bend Campground is tucked away deep in the Poudre Canyon, next to the Cache La Poudre River. Quick...
Stove Prairie Campground
G
G: Nice small campground with only 9 sites. The tent sites are in a cluster of cottonwood trees, and the...
Aspen Glen Campground
Aspen Glen Campground is the perfect place to frolic in a mountain meadow and belt out tunes from the...
Mountain Park Campground
Mountain Park Campground is hooked UP with amenities and it’s the perfect place to find a last minute,...
Jacks Gulch Group and Equestrian Campground
There is nothing like a gigantic party with your closest friends. Add the wildflowers of the meadows...
Chambers Lake Campground
Jump into Chambers Lake, we dare you! Not up to the frigid dip? We don’t blame you. This mountain...
Bellaire Lake Campground
Bellaire Lake Campground is located in the far northern end of Roosevelt National Forest in the...
Kelly Dahl Campground
Mary Jane
Mary Jane: This is a great smaller campground when you want a quick escape from Denver but still close to fun Ned...
Echo Lake Campground
Fan of the D? (Deer, you guys) Deer is only the beginning of wildlife found at Camp Dick. From deer to...
Kelly Flats Campground
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell why Kelly Flats Campground is so popular. With eye-catching...
Rainbow Lakes Campground
A little ways west from the hippie mountain town of Nederland, Colorado lies Rainbow Lakes Campground....
Dutch George Flats Campground
If you’re looking to get away from your home in the city, but not all its comforts, Dutch George Flats...
Upper Narrows Campground
Cross off your entire camping bucket list at Upper Narrows Campground! This campground has anything...
Browns Park Campground
Normally we’re all gung-ho and positive about the campgrounds on this site, but we’re going to shoot...
Long Draw Campground
Near Long Draw Reservoir, with on-site setups for picnicking and outdoor cooking, Long Draw Campground...
North Fork Poudre Campground
An oldie but a goodie, the North Forks Poudre Campground rests along the banks of the North Fork Cache...
Meeker Park Overflow Campground
Mitch
Mitch: We stayed here the night before attempting Meeker and Longs (meaning 2:30-3:00 AM departure from...
Olive Ridge Campground
Olive Ridge Campground has plenty of room to bring your tribe (there’s even a playground for young...
Lower Narrows Campground
Spend the day scoring sweet rapids in your kayak and man, it would be SO nice to just get of the water...
Stub Creek Cabin
Sleeping on the ground is oodles of fun… but, so is sleeping on a real mattress. Just 75 miles from...
Pawnee Campground
Evan
Evan: The staff was so friendly and helped us get paid and oriented. Our site was quiet and clean and the...
Tunnel Campground
With most of its sites nestled between the West and East branches of the Laramie River, plus...
Tom Bennett Campground
Keep it real and relaxed with some down-to-earth camping among the friendly lodgepole pines. Tom...
Sleeping Elephant Campground
Lions and tigers and elephants, oh my! JK, you (unfortunately) wont find any elephants at the Sleeping...
Jacks Gulch Campground
How about a big gulp for the Gulch? Because we guarantee that’s what you’ll be doing once you lock...

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Hipcamper Mitch

We stayed here the night before attempting Meeker and Longs (meaning 2:30-3:00 AM departure from camp). Super convenient for that, but also super busy...and therefore loud! The caretaker is awesome, though! Just a friendly old lady who lives there

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Hipcamper Evan

The staff was so friendly and helped us get paid and oriented. Our site was quiet and clean and the previous campers left us some firewood. They did not sell any wood at the campground so pick some up in Ward. Access to Brainard Lake and the lakes beyond for hiking was the highlight for us.

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Hipcamper Tom

This might be the nicest campground in Colorado, at least in the loop that did not suffer the blow down from high winds. The campground itself is all newly redone. Sites are huge and clean with a bear box in each site. Accommodations from walk in tent sites to sites that have a 75 foot long parking spot. It is only a few hundred yards to Brainard Lake and the jewel that is the Indian Peaks Wilderness just past that. There is near endless hiking here with pristine alpine lakes and even access to the continental divide. You can't go wrong.

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Hipcamper Jody

If Peaceful Valley is full, try Camp Dick. Terrible name, but it is right behind Peaceful Valley. For an even better experience, go into the backcountry, permit required. This is a great jumping off point for crossing the continental divide...although its a bit of a hike, so be prepared!

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Hipcamper Amy

A nearby lake called Creedmore Lake is a bit quieter than Dowdy and offers a more secluded environment for fishing, hiking or tent camping (you don't need to reserve a spot, just be ready to carry your things for .5 miles) Definitely worth checking out!

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Hipcamper MaryJane

This is a great smaller campground when you want a quick escape from Denver but still close to fun Ned and great trails. Vault toilets and campsites very clean. Don't be fooled by the description, the small playground is old and our kids didn't stay very long.

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Hipcamper Johnathan

Love this place! Brainard Lake is a great place enjoy the great outdoors in the quintessential Colorado setting. Glacier fed lakes, soaring mountain peaks, and babbling brooks make this the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Also, this place is a known hot spot for the growing Colorado moose population, so keep your eyes out. There is a entrance fee ($10 per passenger car, good for three days), so make sure you have cash, but trust me, it's worth it!

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Hipcamper Jody

The road to Brainard Lake is only open in the summer. Mid-June through early fall. If the road is blocked/locked, there is no fee, but there is a 2 mile hike from the parking lot at the fee station, so be prepared for that. Also, this is a very popular area, so be prepared for lots of people. No backcountry camping in this area.

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Hipcamper ELENA

Wonderful campground though not all sites are created equal - some are fully exposed (ie no tree canopy) and are very close to each other. I would highly recommend reserving the walk-in sites as the are more secluded and surrounded by trees.

The area around the campground is beautiful, and chock-full of hiking trails. Wildlife can often be spotted, whether a fox crossing the road, or a moose drinking water by Brainard Lake.

Hipcamper G

Nice small campground with only 9 sites. The tent sites are in a cluster of cottonwood trees, and the RV sites have "some" trees at the back of the sites.
Each site has a path to the river, which is nice! There were a lot of people launching tubes right out of camp and going down half a mile, walking up, and doing it again. Fishing was good with flies and worms, nothing big, but that may have been me. This is a good site where you won't be overwhelmed with people since it's small.
It's on our return to list for Cache la Poudre camping.