Family camping trips are unforgettable experiences for the whole family. They are a chance for families to connect with each other and with the outdoors. There is nothing else like it!
If you’ve never taken your family camping, start out easy by going to a privately run campground with all of the amenities that will make your stay comfortable. Most have established campsites and firepits, running water, showers and bathrooms. Stay at a campground that is not too far from home or near a motel, just in case you find that camping doesn’t work out for you, if it ends up raining a lot. And plan to stay only a night or two until you get the hang of it.
There are many great campgrounds within an hour to an hour and a half of Denver.
There are several KOA campsites near Denver, including the one in Central City (www.koa.com). KOA sites have a variety of amenities on-site and are located near some of Colorado’s wonderful attractions. Most KOAs have bathrooms, showers, convenience stores and more. Some even have planned activities and swimming pools on site.
Camp Jellystone has two locations near Denver including one outside of Estes Park and one in Larkspur. (www.campjellystone.com). Camp Jellystone caters to families and offers amenities such as mini-golf, heated pools, outdoor movie theatres and wagon rides.
Winding River Resort outside of Grand Lake is a great place to camp with family. Aside from good campsites, showers, the campground offers pony rides, horse back riding, daily ice cream socials and pancake breakfasts. Best of all is one of the best petting zoos I have seen (www.windingriverresort.com).
For a list of conveniently located privately run campgrounds, check out the website www.gocampingamerica.com.
If you would rather get away from the crowds, there are many alternatives to privately run campgrounds. You can camp at a site in on of Colorado’s National Forests, the Rocky Mountain National Park or one of Colorado’s state parks. Golden Gate Canyon State Park is popular with families and is just 30 miles from Denver (www.stateparks.com/golden_gate_canyon) .
If you are not quite to try camping, or the idea of sleeping in a tent nausiates you, try going for a hike with your children instead. For great ideas of trails near Denver that are family friendly read “Top Hikes for Kids” (http://joltleft.com/children-s-recreation-in-denver/top-hikes-for-kids-denver).