Rocky Mountains In Colorado

Author: Davin Kelly

Published on: July 3rd, 2019

Spotlight on Colorado - Our Ultimate Global Camping Guide

This month we are kicking off our guide to camping all around the world, a simple 2 minute read to tell you all you need to know. Places we have been to and some of our amazing community members also. We are taking suggestions for the Winter guide now, so get in touch with your suggestions.

Introduction

Colorado State has a diverse landscape of arid desert, river canyons and the snow-covered Rocky Mountains, which are partly protected by Rocky Mountain National Park. Elsewhere, Mesa Verde National Park features Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. It's the ideal summer destination with unparalleled hiking, camping, whitewater and biking, events and festivals, and rich cultural heritage.

Things to consider before camping in Colorado

Camper setting up his blue Crua Xtent
  • Read regulations for the area you will be camping in because it can all depend on the area. Read them here.
  • Reserve your camping spot ahead of time.
  • Purchase a map of the area you will be camping in, ahead of time. Research the area before arriving.
  • Plan ahead and be prepared

Tips for Camping in the Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado by Mark Dirksen- Getty Images
  • Altitude sickness - If you are coming from a lower elevation and plan on camping in the Rocky Mountains, make sure to drink lots of water and stay hydrated. Also try to acclimatise at a lower elevation before going into the mountains. Altitude sickness is no fun and can ruin a trip.
  • Respect the wildlife - Keeping your food picked up. Use proper bear canisters or bear hangs for all your food and anything that has a smell to it. Remember you are not the only ones out there. This is their home, respect it.
  • Purchase a map of the area you will be camping in, ahead of time. Research the area before arriving.
  • Leave No Trace - Follow LNT guidelines (Leave No Trace) 
  • Bring Layers - The weather in the mountains can change with a snap of a finger. Higher elevations can still have snow and get snow in the middle of summer.

Places to visit in Colorado

Estes Park Photo by Ben Kelsey on Unsplash

Estes Park

Base for the Rocky Mountain National Park. Lots of awesome little gift shops. Horseback riding is another fun outdoor activity in Estes. Home to lots of wildlife. Especially Elk. Elk are known to cause traffic jams from time to time

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

 An open-air amphitheater, that is built into the rock structure. Located in Morrison Colorado, sits at 6,450 feet (1,970m) above sea level. Located west of Denver

The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

The Great Sand Dunes National Park

Located in southern Colorado.

Pawnee National Grassland

Pawnee National Grassland

Located in northeastern Colorado

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