Spring is here and that means it is officially Colorado camping season. Whether you prefer to rough it in a tent or road trip it in an RV, you’ll want to consult our guide to the best camping in and around Glenwood Springs.
For many of us, camping is part of our primordial human DNA. Forced or voluntary, our ancestors have been camping for as long as there have been people on the planet. Maybe it was all that time spent in caves long ago or wandering in the desert for 40 years; perhaps it’s a vestige of Wild West cowboy culture. Whatever the reason, the urge to camp in the great outdoors seems to be genetically hardwired especially once the snows recede and the overnight temperatures become more hospitable. Thankfully, the Glenwood Springs area has an abundance of options for those longing to overnight in nature.
Glenwood Springs is a Camper’s Paradise
Home to hot springs, river rafting, Hanging Lake, biking and hiking trails, rock climbing and world-class fishing, possibilities for recreation in Glenwood Springs are endless. With so much to do and see, it’s the perfect place to stake your camping claim for a week or a weekend, settle in for a spell and explore all your outdoor options. Maybe your ideal spot in paradise comes with sewer service and electrical hookups or perhaps all you require is a dark sky where you can see the swoosh of the Milky Way at night. Either way, you’ll find it and more in Glenwood Springs.
6 Reasons to Go Camping
- Keep or Make Traditions. The love of camping is often passed down from one generation to another. Even if gramps never took you camping, it’s never too late to start a tradition of your own.
- Explore Nature. Camping is immersive and relaxing. Wake up to see the soft colors of a Colorado sunrise. Listen for the sound of songbirds at dusk. Stretch your legs on a long hike. Inhale the smells of dinner cooking over an open fire. Camping provides a sensory experience that’s hard to beat.
- Improve Health. Most people will engage in physical activity while camping. It’s easy to work in some exercise when hiking or biking are close by.
- Take Digital Detox. Depending on where you camp, you may not have cell service. Take a break from the digital distractions and relax the old-fashioned way—with a book or a midafternoon nap.
- Strengthen Relationships. Face-to-face conversations and shared experiences forge lasting connections whether you’re camping with your significant other, family or a group of friends.
- Develop Life Skills. Camping is the perfect time to learn new outdoor skills. Practice your fly casting, start a fire without a match, identify constellations or tell a new joke or story around the campfire.
Where to go Camping in Glenwood Springs
Ami’s Acres. Family-owned and just west of town, Ami’s Acres is ideal for those who want to be close to Glenwood Spring attractions such as Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Iron Mountain Hot Springs and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.
Glenwood Canyon Resort. This is the only campground in Glenwood Canyon. Ample space makes this resort ideal for big rigs, but there are also riverside spots for tent campers. For those who prefer a more upscale experience, cabins, cottages, glamping tents and luxury suites are available.
The Hideout at Glenwood Springs. Nestled along Three Mile Creek, the Hideout features long term log cabins and tiny homes, RV full hookup sites 36’ or less, as well as sites for tent camping.
White River National Forest. Commune with nature away from the hubbub of town. National forest campgrounds run the gamut from developed facilities to backcountry sites. These sites fill up fast, so be sure to reserve well ahead of your trip.
Nearby Campgrounds. Besides the Glenwood Springs adjacent campgrounds, there are half a dozen that are within close proximity. You’ll find a variety of option and amenities in neighboring towns.
Learn More About Glenwood Springs Today!
If you’re feeling a primal urge to go camping this season, request or download the Glenwood Springs Travel Guide to start planning your trip and find out more about all the fun things to do in the hot springs town this season.