Find campgrounds that provide everything from vintage RV rentals to log cabins to luxuriously furnished glamping tents with French doors and wood floors. Some even have Conestoga wagons with king-size beds!
DENVER Summer 2019— Privately owned and operated campgrounds across Colorado are branching out by adding an array of glamping options.
Planning Your Colorado Glamping Vacation
“Some of campgrounds have furnished glamping tents and cabins that are so luxuriously appointed you’d be forgiven if you forgot you were in a campground!” said Mary Arlington, executive director of the Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners Association, which hosts CampColorado.com, the travel planning website for camping enthusiasts.
“If you’ve already glamped in a safari tent or luxury cabin, try glamping in a yurt or a covered wagon or a vintage RV,” Arlington said. “Glamping campground operators continually strive to offer their guests a unique experience.”
Glamping options are located in many areas of the state, so you can use these campgrounds as base camps to explore some of Colorado’s most sought after and world-renowned destinations.
Here is a sampling of glamping campgrounds in different regions of Colorado:
Attractions in Southwest Colorado include Mesa Verde National Park, the Canyons of the Ancients, Hovenweep National Monument. Not enough? Well, there’s also Galloping Goose Train Museum as well as the Cortez Cultural Center. There’s hiking and mountain biking opportunities in many of these areas. There are fishing opportunities in the Dolores River as well as McPhee, Joe Moore and Ground Hog Reservoirs. Nearby Durango offers Old West and mining history, as well as the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
Glamping campgrounds include:
Dolores River Campground in Dolores: This campground, which has frontage along the Dolores River, offers yurts, covered wagons and a 1953 Airstream travel trailer, in addition to other camping options.
The Views RV Park & Campground in Dolores: This campground has not only safari glamping tents, fully furnished with luxurious bedding, but they added a special fully decked out glamping tent that includes a kitchen sink and a toilet room. The balcony provides views of Mesa Verde National Park and the Four Corners region where Colorado meets Utah, New Mexico and Arizona. The campground also has some retro RVs that are available to rent onsite, in addition to their regular campsites.
Kebler Corner in Somerset: Situated along Anthracite Creek and the North Fork of the Gunnison River, this 6,300-foot elevation property offers luxury cabins of various sizes, plus hotel style rooms, in addition to regular campsites. The park can serve as a base camp for hiking and fishing enthusiasts.
Palisade Basecamp RV Resort in Palisade: This park offers cottages of unique modern design, in addition to their regular campsites. The Colorado River glides by the edge of the resort.
This area of Colorado is a land of contrasts with towering mountain ranges, flat prairies, icy mountain streams and geothermal wells that feed hot springs and spas.
Glamping options include:
Circle the Wagons RV Park in La Veta: This campground complements its riverfront RV and tent sites with two vintage trailer rentals, redone in a typical artfully La Veta way.
High altitude thrill seekers will love this area of Colorado, which includes 14,110-foot Pikes Peak. Not into the thrills of hiking? You can drive to the peak! Or hike.
This area also includes the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas River, otherwise known as Royal Gorge, which features America’s highest suspension bridge and zipline. The suspension bridge is 956 feet above the Arkansas River while zipline riders soar even higher at 1,200 feet above the water. Whitewater rafting tours and a historic train ride are also available through Royal Gorge Canyon.
Buena Vista is another popular summer destination, filled with hiking, arts, delicious cuisine, microbreweries and rafting and kayaking. Be sure to check out the Midland Railroad tunnels north of Buena vista on Chaffee County Road 371.
Glamping options in the Pikes Peak Wonders Region include:
Aspen Acres Campground in Rye: This park features safari tents with cots in addition to cabins and RV sites
Royal Gorge Cabins & Glamping in Cañon City: This glamping resort is located in a high desert area at the 6,384-foot level at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, eight miles west of Cañon City. The resort’s gorgeously outfitted glamping tents are very popular (although they are not available during the winter months).
The resort also offers fully furnished one- and two-story cabins, which have even become popular for honeymooners. Royal Gorge Cabins & Glamping is owned and operated by Echo Canyon River Expeditions, which offers rafting tours of the neighboring Arkansas River between April and September.
Arrowhead Point Campground & Cabins in Buena Vista: This campground complements its campsites with furnished yurts and cabins. The park also offers a free shuttle to the Arkansas River for rafting trips.
Buena Vista KOA in Buena Vista: This park has a tepee and recently added a tent cabin (part wood and part canvas) to complement its wooden cabins and regular campsites.
This area is considered a playground because its filled with some of Colorado’s most famous resorts, including Aspen, Breckenridge, Glenwood Springs, Keystone, Snowmass and Vail. You won’t run out of things to do in this region of Colorado.
The region also includes the historic mining town of Leadville, which offers scenic train rides, the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and the Brown Canyon Adventure Park.
Glenwood Springs alone offers amazing outdoor recreation opportunities. There are two scenic bike trails, the 42-mile Rio Grande Trail and the 16.3-mile Glenwood Canyon Bike Path. There are also the scenic and historic trails, including one that leads to the grave of Doc Holliday. Doc was the dentist-turned-gunslinger who gained fame for his friendship with Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, Ariz. Other attractions include Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, which offers a variety of thrill rides, including the Haunted Mine Drop, the world’s first underground drop ride. We suggest glamping at:
Glenwood Canyon Resort in Glenwood Springs: This resort complements its regular camping accommodations with glamping tents king size beds, French doors and wooden floors. An onsite activity center offers whitewater rafting, zip-lining, a high ropes course and kayaking.
This area of Colorado includes a mix of larger cities, such as Denver, Boulder, Golden and Fort Collins, as well as charming mountain towns like Estes Park, which is a convenient base camp for trips into Rocky Mountain National Park.
Estes Park also has numerous attractions and special events in its own right, including an aerial tramway and the Open Air Adventure Park, which features 32 aerial challenges, including tight ropes, rope bridges and moving platforms.
Glamping campgrounds include:
Estes Park KOA in Estes Park: This campground has several new rental cabins. RVers can glamp it up on the deluxe RV sites with elevated decks to take in the spectacular peaks and scenery surrounding Estes Park. Tent campers can glamp up their sites, too, by booking one that perches you on a deck in view of the majestic mountains.
Attractions in this area of Colorado in Grand Lake and Steamboat Springs, which are popular with hikers, campers and horseback riding enthusiasts in summer. In winter, this area is popular with cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. You can even see the fossils of prehistoric creatures and petroglyphs of ancient people at Dinosaur National Monument.
Glamping campgrounds include:
Elk Creek Campground in Grand Lake: If a tipi is in your dreams, this park has it! They also offer rustic cabins and traditional tent and RV campsites.
Winding River Resort in Grand Lake: This campground offers furnished Conestoga wagons, cedar sided and log cabin rentals, as well as regular campsites. Onsite activities include horse and pony rides and wildlife viewing opportunities. It’s likely you’ll spot some moose, elk, fox, coyotes, bears, and many types of birds that make the area their home.
River Run RV Resort in Granby: This resort has seven Conestoga wagons, giving you a chance to experience the Old West in 21st Century style. America’s early pioneers didn’t travel with king-bed comfort, air conditioning, and WiFi!
Steamboat Springs KOA in Steamboat Springs: This campground offers some very modern comforts in their renovated cabins, which also have patios and comfortable space around their own fire ring.
The Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners Association (CCLOA) hosts CampColorado.com, which shows nearly all of Colorado’s camping facilities. CCLOA works closely with the Colorado Tourism Office, which hosts Colorado.com, where you can find out about attractions and events all across the state. Use these two websites to jump-start your dream trip!
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