Beach camping in Colorado with horseback riding

Enjoy year-round recreation and a wild diversity of landscapes in this colorful state.

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12 top beach campgrounds in Colorado with horseback riding

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Lakeside Camping, Water Time :)

7 sites · RVs, Tents22 acres · Clifton, CO
We moved here in 1997 The home has had major remodels done on it. The lake is an old gravel pit to make road base for local road construction. The buoys in the lake are scuba projects from the local college CMU, and hold lots of fish. Other nesting platforms are for our local Geese and they hatch out in April-June. We airbnb 2 rooms in our home as a shared facility and have airbnbs in Northern Ca and Baja. Our home is off limits for campers as we need to respect the space for our other airbnb guests. But in an emergence please call, cell service works fine. port-a potty is gone for the winter November-April. port-a potty is clean and works great, May- Oct. If you are here in the winter you may use the trees or Mavericks gas station in 1.5 miles away.
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Riverwalk Yurt, luxury on river

7 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents35 acres · Hotchkiss, CO
The House where we live is the corner stone of the Bruce Property and is on the Colorado Register of Historic Houses.The residence was constructed between 1905 and 1912, using red bricks made on the site. John and Sophia Bruce, early pioneers in the North Fork Valley, were first involved in cattle raising. The family later became successful fruit growers. Located along the West Elk Loop, a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway, the large two-story residence features a steeply pitched hipped roof with prominent attic dormers.As a guest of Riverwalk you will have full access to the river during your stay. In addition, there is the Riverwalk Trail System that skirts the North Fork of the Gunnison River from the top of the property, by the Riverwalk Yurt, (available on this site) meandering downstream past the Riverwalk TIPI (available on the site) passing  the Grove Yurt (available on this site) and terminating at the bottom of the property with the sandy Riverwalk Beach. There is a trial that zigs through the Cottonwood Grove and zags back along the gentle Monitor Ditch skirting a newly planted grove of young trees.For RV Campers we provide 2- 30amp,1-50 amp and 1- 110-amp electrical services and potable water. There is a dump station available. There is also access to our heated shower house with running water and bathroom amenities (<3 min. walk, may be shared with other guests). The property is perfectly geared to groups of friends gathering in a central location between the onset of the Rockies and the termination high desert to the west. Friends or family will reserve both Yurts and the RV Site for a perfect reunion setting!
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Wilderness Bud and Breakfast

5 sites · Tents12 acres · Pagosa Springs, CO
Located on a historic ranch in the spectacular Blanco Basin valley, nestled up against the Continental Divide and South San Juan Wilderness Area. This B&B offers a campground with tent sites along the pristine headwaters of the Rio Blanco. A group fire pit, community kitchen and food prep area, composting toilet facility and on-demand gas heated shower facilities. Feel free to explore the river and surrounding San Juan National Forest, with plenty of hiking trails to accommodate all fitness levels. A 420 Happy Hour is available for all campers age 21 and up, and breakfast is served for all!!!
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Campe Diem!

49 sites · RVs, Tents72 acres · CO
Do you want a large, private, uniquely situated, pet friendly CampSpot™ to yourselves or family with a BATHHOUSE where it can be so quiet and some days there are stars for as deep as you can see? We have about 300 of those days and nights. Usually can stay longer on Sundays! We are 72 acres of piñon trees, some small animal life and crickets tucked against a mesa just a few minutes from town. Bring your shoe prints! We have sandboards! $15 per day! We are approximately a 35 minute beautiful drive from the National Sand Dunes around Mt. Blanca. (14'r). 5 minutes from the Mountain Home State Wildlife Park and reservoir where you can fish swim chill cookout etc. You can bike, hike, Swim, jet ski or fish at the newly stocked reservoir. Firewood must be purchased at the campsite. Pet friendly!
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Hart Family Farm

2 sites · Lodging6 acres · Lyons, CO
At the base of the Rocky Mountains, Lyons Colorado is a perfect spot to both enjoy the urban amenities of Boulder and Denver but still have great access to Rocky Mountain National Park and the great escape of the wilderness.Hart Family Farm was started in 2013 after the epic 1,000 year flood re-created the landscape of the St Vrain Valley.  Working toward self-sustainability, we strive to have as healthy a landscape as we can possibly support.
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Home Home on the Colorado Range

5 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Peyton, CO
Learn more about this land:Beautiful open field with a few trees. Turn off dirt road between two blue wagon wheels. That area is fenced with cattle and prong horn on the other side. Beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains and a direct view of Pikes Peak. Nice open area with fresh air quiet breezy lazy days. Beautiful sunrises and spectacular sunsets. Perfect for Star gazing at night. Hiking, biking, and there are areas nearby to go dirt biking, off road, fishing, boating, etc. Please come and see!
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Fruita By The Lake

5 sites · RVs10 acres · Fruita, CO
The property is a mix of living quarters and a business with a beautiful 2-acre lake accessible in the summer. Hipcampers will be camping on a 10-acre property mixed-used and will have their own little piece of land and privacy to enjoy. They will find endless activities surrounding our property while enjoying their stay. There are miles of mountain and road bike trails easily accessed from the campsite. Rafting, golf, swimming, fishing, hiking, off-roading, dirt bike/ATV trails, Colorado National Monument, and the list goes on and on within a short distance. The campsites are 2 minutes from downtown Fruita for those who would enjoy good restaurants, great coffee shops, or a drink. You will find a grocery store, pharmacy, and gas station in the same area. To consider: Our place is great but not for everyone. We have three convenient sites, all with electricity and water and one with sewage. They all have great views and are very close to the town of Fruita. Every hipcampers can enjoy the beach and the lake between mid-May and October when its full. Swimming not recommended! The property is used by THE GONDOLA SHOP, which restores ski gondolas. Monday to Friday, you might hear some light noise and see employees walking around. For that reason and the potential hazard YOU ARE FULLY RESPONSIBLE OF YOUR CHILDREN IF YOU HAVE SOME on our property. We ask that all vehicles drive no faster than 10 miles per hour for the same reason. We will consider a group of campers or mix camper/tents roof tents as long as you have your own bathroom to share. Please email us with any requests you might have. We are open to discussing any inquiries. Between May and October, when our lake is full and usable, our place is great for gatherings and a big BBQ. Camp #1 / 30amps + 110V (NO WATER). We have a spot on the property for you to fill in your water tank, but there is no water directly at the site. This site is on an old concrete pad and will need some leveling. This site is close to the tenant's house. You might see some chickens running around, but your camper will face the opposite way, and you will get your privacy. We accept campers class B and C ONLY, max 27 feet for this camp. NO TRAVEL TRAILERS. It would be best to park nose 1st to access the electric post and back up to get out. This site has lots of shade in the summer. This site has no fire pit and no picnic table. Camp #2 / 50amps + water + sewage. WINTERIZED. YOU ONLY NEED A HEATED WATER HOSE. This site is on compact gravel and will need some leveling. This site is very close to the main shop and the owner's apartment. You will see and maybe hear some action on weekdays. We accept vans, small campers, and motorhomes class A, B, and C. It's a pull-through site and easy to park. This site could accommodate two or three campers (extra $). This site is in the sun with no shade. This site has no fire pit and no picnic table. Camp #3 / 50amps + water. WINTERIZED. YOU ONLY NEED A HEATED WATER HOSE. This site is long and wide on compact gravel and might need some leveling. On this site, your camper/van will be facing the pond. You can drink your coffee with the birds singing. We accept vans, small campers, and motorhomes class A, B, and C. It's a back-in site with plenty of space to do it. This site could accommodate two or three campers (extra $). This site has a fire pit, a picnic table, and a private dock.
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Lodge pole forest

2 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents2 acres · Fairplay, CO
This property was once a Gold mining encampment in the turn of the last century, just out of view nestled in a pine forest, Learn more about this land: It’s like a national park setting in the trees, you should be very aware that wildlife wanders through here 24/7, near several national forests and gold medal fishing as well as beautiful hot springs within 40-45 minutes
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Beautiful Mountain Views

6 sites · RVs, Tents75 acres · Saguache, CO
Once a part of a larger ranch called Red Rocks, this is a completely off-grid, rustic living area now. We appreciate and acknowledge the Southern Ute Nation as the original caretakers of this Valley. Once owned by a man who flew UltraLite aircraft, this is a peaceful, quiet, rustic, and spacious land treasured by the current family who owns it. The family is working toward self-sustainability and creating a Metaphysics Center on the land beginning with a Labyrinth.Learn more about this land:High winds in the spring or fall necessitate using a camper or RV.  During the summer, tents will work out well with little wind to blow them away. This land is peaceful and off the grid.  It's close enough to town for eating out or grabbing gas and groceries, but it’s far enough away to let the world fall away as you relax and enjoy the stars.  Perfect for family camping and seniors who love to camp.  For everyone's safety, we wear masks and social distance for check-ins and any interactions with campers.  We also ask campers to practice social distancing if there are other campers on-site as well.  We thank all campers for being patient and respectful during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Cozy Creek

4 sites · RVs2 acres · Rye, CO
Cozy Creek: A Historical Haven in the Rockies (One Full-Hookup Site for Up to 40 ft. RVs) Immerse yourself in the majesty of the Rockies at our secluded RV spot, designed for your comfort and connection with nature. Towering ponderosa pines and a vibrant aspen grove create a natural cathedral around your campsite, with massive boulders adding a touch of whimsical charm. Steps from your door lies the true gem: a year-round creek with cascading waterfalls serenading you with its constant murmur, a soothing soundtrack to your escape. This exclusive full-hookup RV spot caters to comfort and convenience, offering: 50-amp electrical connections Water spigot Sewer connection Trash pickup High-speed Wi-Fi Unwind and Explore: Beyond the tranquility of your spot, Rye, Colorado offers a plethora of activities for every kind of adventurer. Hike the stunning trails of the Greenhorn Mountain Wilderness, following paths once trod by the Ute people who inhabited these lands for centuries. Cast a line in nearby Lake Isabel, a haven for fly-fishing enthusiasts and a potential summer retreat for indigenous tribes throughout history. Tee off at the scenic Hollydot Golf Course, or explore the fascinating Bishop Castle, a testament to human dedication and a local landmark with its own intriguing history. A Silver Rush Surprise: Rye's story began in the late 1800s with the discovery of silver in the surrounding mountains. The area boomed with prospectors seeking their fortune, and a small mining town emerged. While the silver rush eventually faded, Rye transformed into a popular summer destination for ranchers and travelers seeking respite from the heat. Today, Rye retains its historic charm, offering a glimpse into Colorado's colorful past and the enduring spirit of its people. Natural Splendor Awaits: Indulge in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Hike through wildflower meadows bursting with color, or challenge yourself on a rugged mountain trail. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and soak up the serenity of the towering peaks. Whether you're an avid hiker, a nature photographer, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, Rye's natural wonders will leave you breathless. Local Delights: After a day of exploration, tantalize your taste buds at some of Rye's charming restaurants: Vicktorios: Enjoy a versatile dining experience at Vicktorios. Unwind in a lively atmosphere with delicious food, creative mixed drinks, a fun game of pool, and the tunes of your choice! Vicktorios features an internet-capable jukebox, letting you curate the soundtrack to your evening. Vicktorios is a local favorite for its friendly service and delicious menu. High Octane BBQ: Savor slow-cooked, mouthwatering BBQ, especially their brisket, my personal favorite! The atmosphere is casual and welcoming. Rye Cafe: This friendly cafe offers a delightful breakfast and lunch menu, but let's be honest, their pizza is what keeps families coming back for more! Unwind under a blanket of stars at night, the sound of the babbling creek creating a truly tranquil ambiance. Experience Rye According to Your Needs: This exclusive RV spot is available for rent on a weekly, monthly, or even annual basis, making it perfect for nature lovers and history buffs seeking a relaxing immersion experience with all the comforts of home. Ideal for couples, families, or solo adventurers, this RV spot offers a front-row seat to the beauty of the Rockies and whispers of the past. Book your unforgettable escape and reconnect with nature today!
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Deorum Terra

4 sites · RVs5 acres · CO
The area comprising the SAN LUIS VALLEY and RIO GRANDE NATIONAL FOREST has a rich and colorful history.Native American Paleo-Indian cultures, beginning with the Clovis and Folsom Complexes (11,000 years ago) were the first know inhabitants of the area. These and the following cultures of the Archaic Stage and the Ute Indians lived by hunting animals and gathering native plants found in the area.The Spanish began exploring the San Luis area during the late 1500’s. In an attempt to get people to settle the area, Mexico established numerous land grants within the Spanish territory. In 1770, Don Juan Baustista de Anza traveled through the San Luis Valley and over Poncha Pass in attempt to crush the Comanches who threatened the Spanish settlers.The valley remained largely unsettled until the area became the territory of the United States around 1850.The first permanent settlement in Colorado, known as San Luis de la Culebra, was established in 1851 on the Rio Culebra River on the Sangre de Cristo Grant.To protect the early settlers in the valley, Fort Massachusetts was established, north of San Luis, in 1852.La Loma de San Jose, near present Del Norte, was first inhabited by Hispanic families in 1859 that left the Santa Fe area. Irrigation ditches were constructed and farms established. More extensive farming activities began in the 1880’s near Hooper and the area near Monte Vista where large-scale irrigation systems were built.Gold and silver were discovered near Summitville in1870 which began the mining rush to the area. Other mining settlements followed at Bonanza, Creede, and along the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Del Norte, one of Colorado’s earliest cities, established in 1872, served as a supply point and gateway to the San Juan mining camps.In 1891, an Act of Congress authorized the establishment of Timber Reserves in order to conserve the nation’s timber, range and water resources. Portions of these established reserves were combined to form the RIO GRANDE NATIONAL FOREST in 1908.Learn more about this land:The San Luis Valley of Colorado is the largest alpine valley on earth. The Valley floor is approximately 7500 feet above sea-level and surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks many of which are 14,000 foot tall. An amazingly beautiful and peaceful location in Costilla County, Colorado. Road frontage, great wildlife, and million-dollar views. Billions of stars visible here at night for the stargazers. The town of San Luis is the oldest town in Colorado, founded in 1851. 4x4, atv's, and dirt bikes do well here because of the ideal terrain. Flyfishing in the Rio Grande, boating, and tubing. Hiking on any of the nearby peaks. North America’s tallest sand dunes are a dramatic backdrop against the Sangre de Cristo mountains at Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, where you can sandboard or sled down the naturally occurring dunes. A drive along Highway 17 leads to the UFO Watchtower, a quirky roadside attraction with information on the valley’s surprising number of unexplained sightings. Or, check out the Colorado Gators Reptile Park, home to several scaly creatures. Speaking of animals, the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge is a prime place to spot migratory birds GPS Center: 37.039464, -105.729561
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Mountain View Cabin

1 site · Lodging15 acres · Ridgway, CO
This beautiful log home rental has spectacular views of the Cimarron and the San Juan Mountains. It provides free level II car charging. It is a fully furnished mountain retreat with everything you will need for a comfortable, affordable stay. Private road with lots of wildlife. Beautiful old Cottonwood trees with an old tire swing. A creek runs through the pasture keeping the grass lush and green. The cattle enjoy the panoramic mountain views. Far enough away from civilization, yet walking distance to town! Located on a working cattle farm with lots of wildlife. Only 26 miles from the nearest airport. 2 miles to the famous Ouray Hot springs. 9 miles to Ouray, an easy drive to the Ice Climbing Park off of Camp Bird Mine Rd. and Imogene Pass, renowned for Jeeping and 4x4s. 35 Miles from the Ski Lifts in Telluride. Join us at our beautiful Mountain View Cabin. Learn more about this land: This beautiful log home rental has spectacular views of the Cimarron and the San Juan Mountains. It is a fully furnished mountain retreat with everything you will need for a comfortable, affordable stay. Quiet, yet within walking distance to town.
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Overview

With 42 state parks and four national parks, Colorado has long been a shining star among lovers of the great outdoors. This western state offers a wide variety of landscapes, with ancient mountains, massive canyons, ski resort towns that range from quaint to ultraluxe, many within easy access of the capital city of Denver. Camping areas abound throughout the state, ranging from simple backcountry tent sites to developed campgrounds with full hookups and dump stations, many managed by Colorado State Parks. Best of all, pretty much every outdoor activity under the sun is available, from biking and horseback riding to birding and stargazing.

Where to go

Western Colorado

Western Colorado shares quite a bit in common with neighboring Utah to the west, with massive sandstone rock formations—including the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park—plus fantastic opportunities for winter and summer recreation alike. Towns worth checking out include Steamboat Springs and Aspen—both popular ski resorts—as well as cute towns such as Montrose and Durango that make excellent bases for exploring the wilds of the San Juan Mountains. If you’re interested in history or archaeology, don’t miss the chance to visit the Puebloan cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park.

Denver and North-Central Colorado

Stretching from Fort Collins near the Wyoming border all the way down just past Denver, this region is largely urban but still offers plenty for campers. You can take in fantastic views of the region from the Estes Park Aerial Tramway or by driving the Trail Ridge Road scenic byway through Rocky Mountain National Park. Or, pack up your tent and head out on a backcountry camping trip in the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests.

South and South-Central Colorado

This part of the state offers a mix of wide-open plains and towering massifs, including Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs, a scenic mountaintop that served as the inspiration for the patriotic tune America the Beautiful. Popular area activities include fishing and whitewater rafting on the Rio Grande and sledding down the sands at Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. If you want to soothe tired muscles after a weekend of adventure, head to the hot springs towns of Buena Vista and Salida—both just outside the Pike and San Isabel national forests.

Eastern Colorado

Quiet Eastern Colorado features a mix of grasslands and canyons, with massive expanses of grazing lands and farms that give way to charming small towns. You can learn about life in the 19th century at the Old Fort National Historic Site and the Boggsville Historic Site, or head down to the John Martin Reservoir, a great place for birdwatching and boating.

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