From late autumn through early spring each year, Colorado campground owners and staff are known to spend a great deal of time preparing for the upcoming summer camping season. While much of the work goes largely unnoticed, sometimes the efforts are impossible to not notice!

Let’s glance at a few examples of what’s new for 2019.

Estes Park KOA added more decks similar to these, so their guests can better relish the scenic peaks around Estes Park.

Estes Park KOA Colorado destination campground offers tent camping, RV sites and a variety of rental cabins

Example of a deck at an RV site at Estes Park KOA


Estes Park KOA Colorado destination campground offers tent camping, RV sites and a variety of rental cabins

Example of a deck at a tent site at Estes Park KOA

Gunnison’s Blue Mesa Outpost brought in some new furniture and new decor to their rental cabins, and they added over 30 dump trucks’ worth of new gravel, which has been spread over the campground’s roads. The park’s game room has also been renovated.

Closer to Denver, in Black Hawk, Base Camp at Golden Gate Canyon renovated its bathrooms and showers and went so far as to equip them with heated floors, which is a good thing, considering that the park is located at an elevation of 9,230 feet and is open all year!

Newly renovated restrooms at Base Camp at Golden Gate Canyon in Black Hawk Colorado

Newly renovated restrooms at Base Camp at Golden Gate Canyon

They also created a very cool and fun photo board. Their guests have already expressed pleasure and have shared many pictures of it on social media. For the month of June they added Smokey the Bear, who’s celebrating his 75 birthday this year.

Cool photo board at Base Camp at Golden Gate Canyon in Black Hawk Colorado

Cool photo board at Base Camp at Golden Gate Canyon

In southwest Colorado, Dolores River Campground built a new shower house, and it includes some showers that let you look at the star while you shower. That’s right! Outdoors showers!

Dolores River Campground added a new shower house (Dolores CO)

Dolores River Campground added outdoor showers

Let’s head back up to Estes Park and check out Jellystone Park of Estes’. They converted 13 more campsites to full hookup sites, and they replaced countertops in some of the rental cabins.

Jellystone Park of Estes RV cabin enhancements Estes Park Colorado

Jellystone Park of Estes RV cabin enhancements


Jellystone Park of Estes RV site enhancements in Estes Park Colorado

Jellystone Park of Estes RV site enhancements

These are merely examples of some of the improvements campers might see while camping in Colorado this year, but it’s more enjoyable to come see them for yourself … in person!


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Photos were used with permission by the business owners or were taken by CampColorado.
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