A little ways west from the hippie mountain town of Nederland, Colorado lies Rainbow Lakes Campground. A popular spot for Boulderites seeking a more rustic mountain getaway, this campground provides a satisfyingly remote experience. Pack up your poles—fishing and hiking—because there are excellent opportunities for both up here. If you stay a while and end up craving a taste of civilization, you can always check out nearby Nederland for a good beer and a bit of mountain weirdness.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
18 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Rainbow Lakes Campground.

Hot spring
River, stream, or...
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Anonymous A.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 26th, 2018

If you are a straight couple/family etc.. you will have a great time. Rick will be warm and welcoming, friendly, and inform you how to deal with bears and moose nearby. My girlfriend and I (two women in our 20s) on the other hand had the worst experience. One of the first lines out of his mouth was homophobic, so luckily we both ‘pass’ as straight. He asked us if we were together in which we had no other choice but to say no. He came back multiple times throughout the night, telling us ironic/suggestive stories of “young women” trying to get his money. I am exhausted having to protect myself from men who treat women this way. If one of us had been a boy, he wouldn’t have given us a second glance. I am so sad a man like this has authority.

Hipcamper Abby
Abby S.
recommends this listing.
August 15th, 2017

Bring cash to pay for the site

Hipcamper Ralph
Ralph I.
recommends this listing.
August 24th, 2017

Great campsites and the camp host, Rick, is a great guy who will go to great lengths to make sure your stay is pleasant.

Hipcamper Molly T.
recommends this listing.
August 24th, 2018
Hipcamper Anonymous A.
doesn't recommend this listing.
June 26th, 2018
Roosevelt National Forest
United States
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40.01° N, 105.57° W
Tent / RV / Trailer: 18 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)

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