The best camping near State Forest State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next State Forest State Park adventure.

The best camping near State Forest State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next State Forest State Park adventure.

Camping near State Forest State Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next State Forest State Park adventure.

Keep an eye out for moose as you explore this massive park.  

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Arapaho Valley Ranch

68 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents100 acres · Granby, CO
Arapaho Valley Ranch is a gorgeous, family-owned guest ranch in Colorado’s beautiful Grand County. Our ranch is surrounded by the Arapaho National Forest and is nestled in one of the most beautiful wilderness areas in the Indian Peaks Wilderness. This area features hiking trails, waterfalls, and historic steam engines from the old town of Monarch. We have a private hiking trail that leads to our “kissing swing” overlooking the headwaters of the Colorado River Valley.
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Creekside Paradise

5 sites · Lodging, Tents42 acres · CO
Located perfectly between Boulder, Nederland, and Rocky Mountain National Park, and very close to other stunning hikes, this spot is a great landing pad to have easy access to some of the most beautiful places in the Rockies as well as offering it's own breathtaking scenery. This land is the sacred land of the Arapaho tribe. Chief Niwot and his tribe spent winters here. It is a very special place. The property is a mile long so there is plenty of space with the tent sites being 1/2 mile from the yurt and separate entries for each. There are currently 2 tents sites available, a bell tent, and a yurt.
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Logan Ranch Campground

23 sites · RVs, Tents500 acres · Tie Siding, WY
Welcome to our property! This is a very scenic property, that is rich with history. The Virginia Dale Stage Station is about three miles away and the overland trail has several branches going through here. We are also a fifth generation cattle ranch.  We are in Wyoming, on Highway 287 between Fort Collins, CO. and Laramie, Wyoming. We are still building out our property with a General store, and Western Themed Town coming soon. We have campsites for RV’s or Tents. We have an amazing 1000 acres to have your own hiking, wildlife, birdwatching, adventure. We have great hiking and wildlife viewing, marmots, pronghorn, antelope, deer, elk, and an occasional moose. Birds of every feather gather here so bring your binoculars. Hikes include balancing boulders and rock formations. Wonderful stargazing, our stars are so bright it seems like you can reach up and touch them. We are a working ranch and do have livestock. Don’t mess with the bull!Firewood, for $7.00 per bag delivered to your campsite.   The bags make a great trash bag when empty! Do not bring your own firewood, as we don’t want more pine beetles and noxious weeds.  Due to the high volume of people coming in separate vehicles, after two vehicles per site, its $10.00 per vehicle extra per night. We have portable outhouses available.
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Sherwood Creek Camp and Glamp

5 sites · Lodging, Tents24 acres · Nederland, CO
This forested and open meadow property is located on a seasonal creek 2 miles from the quaint mountain town of Nederland, Colorado. A short drive to both Boulder & Denver and situated in the picturesque Front Range, Nederland has convenient access to skiing, mountain biking, hiking & camping, including many points of access to the Continental Divide. The property is within walking distance of Boulder County Open Space and Indian Peaks Wilderness trails for endless biking and hiking adventures. Sites are private and secluded. There is a 20-foot tipi, a quaint treehouse, and a tent site camp that can be rented separately or together for larger groups. Toilet, picnic table, and potable water all available onsite. We have endless hiking, biking, and mountain fun activities onsite and nearby! Space for camper vans as well! We look forward to hosting you soon.
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Basecamp On The Poudre

4 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Bellvue, CO
At the base of the Poudre Canyon this location makes a perfect quick getaway for any camper, Only 15 minuets from down town Fort Collins your adventure awaits. You will be met with beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains, The comforting sounds of the Cache La Poudre, and if your lucky a glimpse at some of Colorado's amazing wildlife. Base Camp provides space for many camping styles, from pitching a tent and enjoying a breathtaking view sleeping under the stars. Or hauling in your camper for a more comfortable stay. Enjoy a view of the Poudre River right from your from your picnic table next to your cozy campfire, your next adventure awaits you here!
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Homestead Farm Lyons

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents15 acres · Lyons, CO
We are a new family farm 10 minutes from Lyons, Colorado, on 15 acres of rolling natural grasslands with red sandstone cliffs and stunning views of Long's Peak and the surrounding mountains and foothills along the Little Thompson River. We raise pigs, sheep, goats, donkeys, chicken, turkeys, ducks and geese, and grow delicious organic vegetables. We provide farm food as well as cooked meals (farm-to-table) with advance notice), a fire pit, BBQ, an archery range, trails on the property, access to the river and a swimming hole to cool off in. We have a dog kennel if you would like to explore nearby Rocky Mountain National Park and need a safe place for your canine companion. In collaboration with SoulRemembrance, we also offer retreats, ceremonies and initiations (more at Soulremembrance.com).
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Camp Wilder

5 sites · Lodging, Tents7 acres · Nederland, CO
Welcome to Camp Wilder! We are an off-the-beaten-path camp offering peace and solitude. The main cabin is very special to my family and me. It was passed down as a mining claim from my grandmother who founded it in the '60s. The vision for the land was simply perfect. A small 10 x 10 cabin with the whole mountain to explore and whoever they wished to bring with them. The town of Nederland is 10 minutes down the road where you can fish at Baker Reservoir. Lots of fun little stores in town to keep the family busy. Wildlife is everywhere up by the cabin/campsite with lots of great things to look for around the magical town of Nederland! The cabin sleeps up to 8 with the futon downstairs being very comfortable and cots upstairs in the loft for more sleeping area. Bring your sleeping bags to stay cozy at night. There are lanterns inside to light up your night with a wood stove to keep you warm at night. The ground around it is sloped so you may have a hard time setting up any tents around the cabin. The grocery store is in Nederland where you can buy food, Coleman green propane bottles and wood. Don't forget to take some water with you. There is a 3 burner Coleman stove to cook on with limited pots & pans as well as silverware Road disclaimer, the road to the cabin is one lane dirt road. The drive up to the cabin is pretty good but the turn onto the single dirt road to the cabin has a slight dip, if you have a low-clearance car it may bottom out when you are turning so be careful. No Trailers. They will not be able to turn around once there. Recommend vehicles with AWD. We are @ 10,000 feet and it is a slight hike to the cabin. When leaving please make sure both door locks are locked, put the key in the lock box and mix the code for the next camper.
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Maycroft Ranch

6 sites · RVs, Tents26 acres · Fort Collins, CO
Discover the allure of this expansive 26-acre property, nestled just 5 miles away from the pristine Horsetooth Reservoir and inlet bay, 13 miles to Carter lake and 30 miles to Estes park . Engage in a plethora of outdoor pursuits, with hiking, biking, and fishing opportunities awaiting at every turn. This haven is tailor-made for both serene relaxation and vibrant gatherings, offering seclusion and privacy amidst the natural beauty that surrounds it. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city without sacrificing convenience; located a mere 15 minutes or 10 miles to the town of Fort Collins, this retreat seamlessly combines tranquility with accessibility. A hidden gem for those seeking respite, the property provides an ideal sanctuary to unwind and recharge. Conducive to large gatherings, this secluded oasis ensures your privacy, creating an atmosphere where you can fully immerse yourself in the joys of nature. A bathroom onsite adds a touch of comfort to your outdoor experience, providing convenience without compromising the rustic charm of the surroundings. For the thrill-seekers, an exciting motorcycle track onsite promises an adrenaline-pumping adventure, adding an unexpected twist to your retreat. Whether you're yearning for a quiet escape or an active getaway, this property offers the perfect balance—a harmonious blend of natural serenity, outdoor recreation, and proximity to city amenities.
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Rocky Mountain Glamping

6 sites · Lodging, RVs5 acres · Lyons, CO
A Rocky Mountain Glamping Experience! *** Bliss Camp awarded Runner-Up for Best Glamping in Colorado for 2023 and 2024 *** We are excited to announce that Spring has at last arrived with Summer moments occurring with warmth and lots of clear skies. Wildflowers are going off at lower elevations and some above. With all of the late Sprin g moisture this shoule become a spectacular Wild Flower year! Additionally, with a new Starlink booster we mow have internet at all camps. Welcome to Bliss Canyon! Relax stream side in your private camp overlooking lush nature and towering rock outcroppings. Stroll along a rushing stream or head up challenging Moose Track trail to Balancing Rock. After your day of adventure or kicking back enjoy a hot shower. Share your revelations of the day around the campfire, roast marshmallows, or relish your favorite beverage or special treat as you unwind. The open air, covered Kitchens have sinks, fresh, potable hot water, kitchenware, gas stove —pots, pans, dishes, utensils, etc, BBQ with side burner, critter-resistant food safe, bear-proof trash can, and picnic table outside. We provide a convenient propane campfire for safety since our climate is dry and often windy. No candles or open flames please. There are easy trails on property along the lush stream (the original riverbed of the Middle Saint Vrain Stream), fishing or swimming in the pond (no lifeguard on duty), or challenging trails into Roosevelt National Forest from the property. (Ask Hiker Dot for guidance.) Several National Forest access points, where you can enjoy peaceful walks away from crowds, are a short drive. Bliss Canyon is a spur off of breathtaking, picturesque South Saint Vrain Canyon. Stroll on over to the South or Middle for renowned fly fishing. For climbers, there are over 50 climbs in South Saint Vrain Canyon! Dark Skies, if you like to watch the stars and meteor showers Bliss Canyon is blessed with dark skies with little light from the plains. Bring you telescopes and explore the Universe. Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the five Crown Jewels of the National Park Service, is nearby. The closest trailhead in RMNP is 10 miles, the next trailhead at Wild Basin entrance to the park is 13 miles, and the Beaver Meadows entrance (main entrance) is 36 miles. Rocky Mountain National Park has breathtaking drives, easy strolls with interpretive signs, and 360 miles of trails. (Advance reservation required for entry 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for main park, or 5:00 am to 6:00 pm for Bear Lake corridor.) Indian Peaks Wilderness also has several nearby access points and trailheads. Ask Dot for details. Spring and Summer, 2023 has supplied tremendous rainfall providing amazing wildflowers all over Bliss Canyon and way beyond. Fall Colors are forecasted to be over the top this year starting in September to late October. This years moisture should produce colors like we rarely see. Bliss Canyon explodes with color and is a great base camp for Aspen viewing along Peak to Peak Highway, Rocky Mountain National Park and all the surrounding areas. The famous Fall Elk Rut starts the beginning of September. According to Byron, the Elf Rut is one of the best National Geographic Moments on the Planet! This is a must experience event! We are located near Rocky Mountain National Park which typically provides the best opportunities to view the Rut, as well as other areas near the Park. During the Fall we provide "Little Buddy" propane heaters for the Gypsy Wagons and the Frontier Tent to help you warm up during cold evenings. Let the world melt away; there is no wifi or cell service, (Unless you really want it! Starlink signal now reaches each camp.) the world will survive without your input. In the event of urgent need, come to our home up the hill and ring the bell and we can get you connected. The charming town of Lyons is 20 minutes away with coffee shops, restaurants, bars, lots of great live music, library with free wifi, and quaint shops*. Also, Spirit Hound Distillery received the award for the #1, Best Whiskey in the World in 2022, hmmm, it might be worth a tasting! Dot and Byron look forward to hosting you in our spectacular Rocky Mountain Paradise. Wir sprechen auch Deutsch!
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Camp Rendezvous

15 sites · RVs, Tents500 acres · Tie Siding, WY
Welcome to Camp Rendezvouz! We are in Wyoming, on Highway 287 between Fort Collins, CO. and Laramie, WY. When you book, make sure you are committed as we have a strict cancellation policy. We are making this campground more for families and family reunions, or friends that want to be together yet have your own space. It’s high with trees and rocks, beautiful views and amazing starry nights. Camp sites 1 2 3 4 are fairly close together for a family or to circle the wagons. Very nice close hike to a creek. Camp site's 5 and 6 are secluded. They would be best for someone who is self contained, as they don’t have an outhouse nearby. Sites 7 8 9 have some seclusion. Site's 10 11 12 13 14 15 are perfect for families, where you can all be together but separate. We are a work in progress but we will try to accommodate anything you may need. Please talk to us! We have firewood $7.00 per bag delivered to your campsite. Do not bring your own firewood. We don’t want more pine beetles and noxious weeds. More than 2 vehicles per site $10.00 per vehicle per night. A vehicle pulling a trailer counts as 1. A motor home pulling a car or trailer counts as 1. We look forward to hosting you!
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Parrish Ranch Campground

15 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents6 acres · CO
We are a Full Grass, 6-acre campground at the base of Rabbit Mountain. The Little Thompson River runs through the property and is wonderful to take a dip in. Carter Lake is only a 5-minute drive away. 20 Minutes away from Longmont Colorado is far enough away that you can escape from the city but close enough to be able to run into town if you need anything. As long as you are by your post, we don't care how you park, pull in, back in, pull through, we are easy going. Be aware this is a Rustic experience.
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Pinewood Springs Getaway

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Lyons, CO
Single campsite only 12 miles south of beautiful Estes Park Colorado. Wooded views of the valley overlooking Pinewood Springs. Water available but please don’t fill your tank. 20amp electrical service Maximum motorhome vehicle length 24 feet. Camper vans, tents and pop-up campers are fine. Also smaller travel trailers. Dogs ok on leash.
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The best camping near State Forest State Park guide

Overview

About

Spread out over 71,000 acres, State Forest State Park is the place to go if you want to see a moose in the wild (over 600 of the gargantuan beasts call the North Park area home). It's also a great place for hiking, with over 100 miles of trails, most of which are bike friendly. Other activities include birding, fishing, and horseback riding--you can even bring your horse camping with you if you're staying at the Bockman Campground and the Primitive Loop. Accommodation options in the park run the gamut from cozy cabins to backcountry camping, and some options are available year-round.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for getting away from it all: The Crags offers primitive sites that are cut off from the reset of the park by a bumpy, narrow roadway.
  • Best for equestrian campers: Bockman features its very own horse corral.
  • Best for boaters: North Michigan has a mix of campsites and cabins plus two boat ramps with docks.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve a campsite, yurt, or cabin through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife online reservation system or over the phone.
  2. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance and are available up until the day of your arrival. If you can’t get online, you can also show up and see what’s available.
  3. Backcountry camping is permitted, but you should check in with park rangers and sign a backcountry log before heading out.
  4. If you are struggling to find a site in the park that meets your criteria, you may find something in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest to the north. 

When to go

State Forest State Park is open year-round, though like most Colorado state parks, it’s at its busiest between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends, especially for camping. The pleasant temperatures this time of year make the park ideal for hiking and mountain biking. Popular wintertime activities include snowshoeing and snowmobiling. While all but a few campsites close for the winter (usually around the beginning of December), cabins, yurts, and huts are available throughout the year.

Know before you go

  • The Moose Visitor Center offers educational displays, fishing gear,  GPS, and snowshoe rentals, plus a gift shop.
  • You can pick up food, supplies, and fuel in the town of Walden, a 25-minute drive from the park.
  • Dogs are allowed at the park (and in cabins for an additional fee), but must be kept on a leash.
  • Bears are common in this area. Food, cooking supplies, and cosmetics should be secured when not in use.
  • Swimming is not permitted on the reservoir. Boating is restricted to wakeless speeds.

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