Celebrating in Colorado with Fireworks

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Fireworks are a magnificent way to boost a festive celebration yet these festive celebrations can become disasters. Wildfires are a serious risk, especially after an unusually dry winter such that we just experienced.

First, let’s talk about fireworks and the risk, and then we’ll outline some enjoyable options for you.

Firecrackers, rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, cherry bombs, mortars and similar items are always ILLEGAL in Colorado. The sale of fireworks requires a special license.

In Colorado, laws regarding fireworks vary by local authorities. Illegal use is costly and can even land you in jail for a year, so be sure to consult the local authorities and property owners.

Rather than trying to entertain yourself with your own displays, enjoy those that are orchestrated for the public.

Here are some communities that plan to have fireworks as a part of their Independence Day festivities, according to Colorado.com. For those of you who are hoping to travel to Colorado “some day,” or for those who want to make plans for this July, please:

  • Keep in mind that Colorado is a highly popular destination, so it might be challenging to find availability at this late date. Perhaps try for a different time of the year.
  • Be understanding if the community has to change their fireworks plans due to the extreme risk of fire.

Click on each location to learn more about the festivities, and click on each campground name to learn about their amenities and making reservation.

Grand Lake   Nearby camping:

Pagosa Springs   Nearby camping:

Greeley   Nearby camping:

Steamboat Springs   Nearby camping:

South Fork   Nearby camping:

Kremmling   Nearby camping:

Monument   Nearby camping:

Woodland Park   Nearby camping:

Remember, Independence Day is merely one of 365 beautiful days to spend in Colorado!

We also suggest you read our earlier blog post about staying prepared for wildfires.

Click here to find other RV parks and campgrounds. 


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There are more more ways to camp than simply with a tent or an RV. That’s right, you can let the others align their tow car to a motorhome or their travel trailer to the truck, and you can let others pitch a tent and take it down (whether wet or dry) while you rest indoors in a cabin, yurt, covered wagon, tepee or any of a dozen lodging options.

Many campgrounds in Colorado have other lodging options. Where are they? Look here:

  1. Go to our Find a Campground page.
  2. Search using the Site Types, choosing the Other Lodging Option check box.
  3. We suggest you scroll down and indicate the month of your planned trip (not so important in June, July or August, but definitely recommended for the other nine months).
  4. The  pins on the map and the list you see will be for those campgrounds that offer some sort of other lodging option in the time period you requested. Click on each one that’s in an area that appeals to you.
  5. To find out what type of lodging option they offer, go to the tab called Sites & Lodging. There you should be able to tell what they offer.

Other Lodging Options can be most any option. Here are the most common (although we recently saw an ad for a campground in another state that offered lodging in a UFI-style spaceship, so who knows what will be added next to a campground in Colorado!):

  • Glamping Tents
  • Outfitter Tents
  • Covered Wagons
  • Rustic Cabins
  • Full-service Cabins
  • Cottages
  • Lodges
  • Yurts
  • Tepees
  • Tiny Houses
  • Bunkhouses
  • Vacation Rental Homes
  • Onsite Rental RVs (maybe a travel trailer, maybe a motorhome)
  • Park Models
  • B&B Rooms
  • Motel Rooms

These not only work well for letting you enjoy the campground atmosphere without owning an RV or tent, but they also provide a superb alternative to multi-generations sharing the same sleeping quarters for the entire time you’re on a family vacation. You can all ride together but then spread out once you arrive at your Colorado destination.

Scroll through the pics in the gallery below to see some of the options that are available. Mind you, this is merely a random sampling!

Remember, use the search option on the Find a Campground page, study the pins, see their Sites & Lodges tab, and then maybe use the Website tab to bounce over to their more complete website that probably explains all of the features about their rentals.

KNOW BEFORE YOU BOOK:  Make sure you know what you need to bring before you book your stay so you’re not surprised when you arrive.

  • Some Colorado campgrounds provide the option of supplying the bed & bath linens for their guests, while others do not.
  • Many of the less rustic lodging options provide cooking utensils and dishes.
  • Most don’t provide any housekeeping services during your stay, and they expect you to leave the place ready for a quick turnover to the next guests. You’ll likely be responsible for washing and stowing the dishes, taking out the trash, and ensuring the place is nearly in the condition in which you found it (obviously they’ll need to sanitize before the next guests arrive).

All in all, renting one of these lodging options is a very cool way to enjoy a weekend getaway or a lengthy Colorado vacation!

Click here to find other RV parks and campgrounds. 

This publication is supported by funding from the Colorado Tourism Office, a state agency. Turn to Colorado.com for a comprehensive list of festivals, events, historic areas, itineraries, and community insight.

Hot Springs Themed Camping Trip

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Recently we had the pleasure of reading the Historic Hot Springs Loop fieldguide post by Colorado.com  For the benefit of the camping enthusiasts who follow us, we chose to translate it into a hot springs themed camping trip.

So, by all means, please enjoy their itinerary of stops to make and the cuisine to savor, and get out and enjoy the activities they outlined, but consider replacing their lodging options (fine as they are!) with our camping suggestions.

But first, “camping” is a broad term. To some it means tent camping, to others it means an RV site, and to another group it means renting a cabin, yurt, tiny house, park model, or an onsite RV (to name a few options). Don’t let the name of the campground fool you. Just because it might not indicate that it has those rental options, it just might. So click each link to study the options until you see your “home” for the night.

Now, back to the hot springs itinerary.

Day #1 of the 5 day trip places you in Buena Vista for your campsite. Consider the following:

Day 2 takes you to Pagosa Springs. For that night, the campground we suggest that’s closest to town is Pagosa Riverside Campground.

If you’re going to slow down and turn this 5-day trek in a delightfully drawn out excursion, then don’t overlook the option of Sportsman’s Campground & Mountain Cabins. It’s farther north, outside of town, but we found it to be quite an amazing drive!

Day 3 lands you in Ouray for the night. We suggest:

Day 4, already? My goodness, this trek is flying by! We hope you slow down and do this in many more days than 5. Regardless, this next stop has you in Glenwood Springs. You’ll find many options to consider at Glenwood Canyon Resort.

Day 5, the final day, puts your head on your pillow in Steamboat Springs. We suggest Steamboat Springs KOA.

While you traveled Colorado, took in some outdoors adventures, and sampled some local flavors, what we really hope you most remember is that theming your Colorado trip is a very cool way to travel!

Now that we’ve studied this itinerary so closely, we’re thinking our own Ramsey Campin’Ram needs to give it a try!


 This publication is supported by funding from the Colorado Tourism Office, a state agency. Turn to Colorado.com for a comprehensive list of festivals, events, historic areas, itineraries, and community insight.


Fishing and Camping in Colorado

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For many, camping and fishing go hand in hand, and here in Colorado one can make a lifetime of memories like the ones at the bottom of this post. Whether fly-fishing or other, novice or pro, Colorado provides you with the chance for about 35 species of both warm- and cold-water fish.

We could write an entire series on fishing (in time we might do that) but for now we’ll offer a sampling of places you can camp close enough to the lake or stream that you don’t need to drive from your campsite.

Before pulling out the fishing gear, be sure it’s legal. Know the law and get your license.

This list supposedly doesn’t include catch-n-release programs but please always double-check before you book your campsite.

Camping at Lakes & Reservoirs

Blue Mesa Escape (Gunnison)

Gunnison Lakeside RV Park & Cabins (Gunnison)

Molas Lake Park & Campground (Silverton)

Lake John Resort (Walden)

Camping Along Streams & Rivers

CanyonSide Campground (Bellvue)

Lone Duck Campground (Cascade)

Dolores River Campground (Dolores)

Outpost Motel, Cabins & RV Park (Dolores)

Priest Gulch Campground (Dolores)

The Views RV Park & Campground (Dolores)

The River Forks (Drake)

Middlefork RV Resort (Fairplay)

Glenwood Canyon Resort (Glenwood Springs)

Winding River Resort (Grand Lake)

Pagosa Riverside Campground (Pagosa Springs)

Palisade Basecamp RV Resort (Palisade)

Sweetwater River Ranch (Texas Creek)

Steamboat Springs KOA (Steamboat Springs)

Cross D Bar Trout Ranch (Westcliffe)

REMINDER: Know the law and get your license.

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.  ~ Author Unknown

This publication is supported by funding from the Colorado Tourism Office, a state agency. Turn to Colorado.com for a comprehensive list of festivals, events, historic areas, itineraries, and community insight.

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