As we roll into the summer, one of the best ways to enjoy the warm weather is to explore the wonder of the outdoors. Soon it will be June, which is National Camping Month and we’ve made a list of some of our favorite places to go camping.
Located West of Fort Collins, Horsetooth Reservoir is a beautiful campsite. It’s perfect for fishing, boating, picnicking, biking, and more. This campsite has electricity and camper cabins available in addition to the average campsite. Fort Collins is a wonderful place for families and has plenty of cute shops to stop by and grab a sweet treat after being out in the summer sun.
If you want to play in the water, you should visit Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area over the summer. The lake weaves through the borders of Arizona and Utah and the surrounding landscape is truly breathtaking, featuring some gorgeous red canyons that are ideal for hiking. You can do everything from houseboating to water skiing while visiting Lake Powell. The area is also a great place to camp and has Airstreams available for rent so you can experience the beauty of nature in comfort.
Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde is home to Cliff Palace, the ancient dwellings of Ancestral Pueblo people. You can visit the ancient homes of the indigenous people who forged a life there. It is located in Southwest Colorado near the Four Corners region. The park offers campgrounds and RV sites through the summer but is open year round for tours of the Ancient Puebloan homes.
Great Sand Dunes National Park
The Great Sand Dunes, the tallest dunes in North America, are located in Southern Colorado near Duncan. The Dunes are especially fun in late May and early June when the creek runs over the sand at the lower parts of the Dunes making it perfect for tubing. It can get a bit windy but it doesn’t get too cold during the night.
Sinks Canyon State Park
If you’re interested in traveling in Wyoming, visit Sinks Canyon near the Wind River Mountains. Our writer Aaron Turpen took a “Quick Overnight Scouting Trip” to Sinks Canyon and enjoyed a unique stay in a yurt with his family. The park has tent camping, but limited room for large RVs. Sinks Canyon is also a wonderful hiking location.
Pearl Lake Campground
Pearl Lake is just North of Steamboat Springs. Pearl Lake is a great place for fishing and has yurts available in addition to campsites. It is a stunningly beautiful place for hiking and fishing, and native cutthroat trout are found in the area. While you’re in the area, you could also swing by the alpine slide in Steamboat Springs.
Atlantic City Campground
Near Lander, Wyoming, the Atlantic City Campground is a great place to experience some tent and RV camping. It’s especially splendid to visit during the Gold Rush Days in July in the historic South Pass City.