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10 best according to Elevation Outdoors: http://www.elevationoutdoors.com/travel....camping

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I've to #1, 3, 4, and 6, all good choices.

Can't say I saw anyone dressed like the photo models at any of them, since I'm usually bundled up in my fleece and rain gear at those high altitude, rain/hail prone sites.


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Link doesn't work, neither does it off google search page.

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OK, it worked today.

With all due respect anyone that asserts ANY of the "BEST" car camping exisits within a developed campground is less than the sharpest pencil in the pocket to put it incredibly kindly. This list is absolutely worthless in my world.


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It's working again DC. The vagaries of the internet.

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And thanks for the comments SWT.

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The best car camping in Colorado is not in an organized campground....it's at a primative site a little ways off a spur road, which branches off from a dirt forest road.  The nearest pavement is miles and miles away.  It's in a national forest, or on BLM land, not a state or national park.  There's a babbling brook nearby, which completely obscures the sound of an occasional car or truck passing by on the distant forest road, plenty of shade from nearby Ponderosa Pine or Douglass Fir and quaking Aspen.  The view is spectacular.  You have no idea where the nearest other camper is, but certainly now withing 1/2 mile or so....perhaps even further.  You've gathered wood for a small fire.  There are plenty of dry branches on nearby dead trees, they're not all stripped like you would see at a normal campsite where every dead dry branch is picked up, and the rangers need to lecture tourons not to cut down live trees.

I can think of many places like this in Colorado...near the Comanche Peaks just North of RMNP, near Cochetopa Creek close to the La Garita Wilderness, at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the edge of the San Luis Valley, In the hills west of Antonito, in the shadows of the Gore Range, in the Wet Mountains, West of Buena Vista, South of Silverton.

Why anyone would want to camp in a campground is completely beyond me.
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Whoever made that list needs to get out more.  Vallecito Lake...really?  It is nice, but I could name a half dozen places within 50 miles that are better.

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You've gathered wood for a small fire.  

I can think of many places like this in Colorado...near the Comanche Peaks just North of RMNP, near Cochetopa Creek close to the La Garita Wilderness, at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the edge of the San Luis Valley, In the hills west of Antonito, in the shadows of the Gore Range, in the Wet Mountains, West of Buena Vista, South of Silverton.

Why anyone would want to camp in a campground is completely beyond me.

"Small fire..." Not this year.

The places you mention - I'll add to my file of this info (though near Comanche Peaks or the shadows of the Gore Range etc. are a little vague).

Why anyone... because they're from somewhere else on the way to another place (Wyoming, for example) and aren't familiar with the details of Colorado and just need a place to stay for a night.

Frihauf: It would be great if you would name those half dozen places


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Whoever made that list needs to get out more.  Vallecito Lake...really?  It is nice, but I could name a half dozen places within 50 miles that are better.

I'm glad you said that.  The Vallecito Lake CG is the only one mentioned that I've seen, and I think it's the least interesting place I've camped in CO.
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You've gathered wood for a small fire.  

I can think of many places like this in Colorado...near the Comanche Peaks just North of RMNP, near Cochetopa Creek close to the La Garita Wilderness, at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains on the edge of the San Luis Valley, In the hills west of Antonito, in the shadows of the Gore Range, in the Wet Mountains, West of Buena Vista, South of Silverton.

Why anyone would want to camp in a campground is completely beyond me.

"Small fire..." Not this year.

The places you mention - I'll add to my file of this info (though near Comanche Peaks or the shadows of the Gore Range etc. are a little vague).

Why anyone... because they're from somewhere else on the way to another place (Wyoming, for example) and aren't familiar with the details of Colorado and just need a place to stay for a night.

Frihauf: It would be great if you would name those half dozen places

A lot of places up in the mountains have removed their fire restrictions, so yes, this year.

Driving through Colorado and just car camping would be like having sex without taking your clothes off.  Sure it's OK, but.....

The vagueness is intentional.  Good campsites near the front range cities are hard to come by.  It takes some research and effort
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The vagueness is intentional.  Good campsites near the front range cities are hard to come by.  It takes some research and effort

That's the spirit.

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