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Old 09-11-2008, 07:44 PM   #1
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Suggestions for camping around Boulder Co

Soooo if someone were going to be in the Boulder Co area for the first weekend of October for a couple of nights (and maybe a football game), where might they find a place to camp or boondock?
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Old 09-11-2008, 08:23 PM   #2
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There are several campgrounds up near Nederland just west of Boulder on the Peak to Peak Highway (119). You can also boondock in the West Magnolia area just south of Nederland. The trailhead is just south of town on the Peak To Peak and you can follow the gravel road back to progressively smaller roads.

Remember, the altitude is around 8K-9K' in the foothills outside Boulder so be prepared for any kind of weather. Might snow up here tonight above 10K'.
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....and I was at that game too.... wow
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We are still looking for suggestions on places to spend the night for a couple of nights while in the Boulder area....
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:46 PM   #6
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Boulder Mountain Lodge has 7 campsites about 5-6 from downtown.
My wife camped there last weekend and said it was very nice.

www.bouldermountainlodge.com
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Both latic, and reidt have good suggestions. Sadly, there is no legal camping in Boulder proper. You'll have to go a bit out of town.

Like latic said, campgrounds and forest roads off the Peak to Peak highway (72/119) up Boulder Canyon are great choices. Getting to and from the Peak to Peak to Boulder is pretty easy and a nice drive. By October many of the campgrounds will be closed, so expect to boondock. The Peak to Peak highway is up high so be prepared to bundle up at night-- fall foliage may still be in full effect.


A few other suggestions:

The Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont (an easy/quick 9 miles north of Boulder) offers RV camping (not in the mountains, urban). Might make a good choice based on convenience.

There are few RV Parks near Blackhawk and Central City (Google it). Its about 40-50 minutes from Boulder -- main here attraction is casinos. Probably not worth it. If your that far out, camp in the woods!

Carter Lake County Park in the Loveland area-- a little far out.
Golden has a few private RV parks.


I could list a bunch more with details, but I'm not sure exactly what your looking for given you can't camp in right in Boulder proper.

Maybe we should have a little Colorado SMB get together around that time??
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Here are some ideas I have received off list... Any thoughts?

Boulder Mountain Lodge: ~2 miles from Boulder
http://www.bouldermountainlodge.com/

Gross Reservoir: ~9 miles from Boulder
http://www.rmskc.org/places/gross-res.html

Kelly Dahl Campground: ~20 miles from Boulder
http://www.resourceanalysis.com/camp...elly_dahl.html

Rainbow Lakes: ~29 miles from Boulder
http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/arnf/recreat...bowlakes.shtml

Pawnee Campground / Brainerd Lake: ~30 miles from Boulder
http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/arnf/recreat...d/pawnee.shtml

http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/arnf/recreat...rd/index.shtml
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...and from the husband of a friend who live in the Boulder area :

"I am very familiar with Sportsmobiles. I’d love to have one. Yours is a great looking rig!

I have a few suggestions for you depending on where you would like to be.

Caribou – Caribou is up high and quite beautiful. There was a mining community, mines, and a mill that once stood up there in the late 1800s. It will be chilly at night (if not cold) but it’s a dang nice spot. You can only camp in designated spots. They are marked by carsonsites the Forest Service has put out (you should have no trouble spotting them).

To get to Caribou drive up Boulder Canyon (CO Hwy 119) to Nederland (stopping at Boulder Falls along the way is always nice). When you hit the roundabout take the second right on CO Hwy 72. This will take you due west for a ½ a mile or so. As you are going through a big sweeping 180 degree turn there will be a dirt road on your left. There is also a green sign that says ‘Caribou’. Follow this road up for several miles. When you get to the top there near some ruins of old buildings will be two Forest Service dirt roads that for a bit of a ‘Y’. You can take either one and there is camping along both. The one to the left is likely to take you to some higher view points and the one on the right will have some more in the trees camping. They are both nice and prime Sportsmobile terrain.

Switzerland Trail - Switzerland trail is an old Railroad grade outside of Boulder. It is popular with mountain bikers, some dirt bikers and hikers. There are several little off shoots from the trail/road you can camp at. It’s a nice area, but is closer to Boulder and gets a little more use. There are several ways to get there I will give you one that should be fairly easy to follow.

In Boulder on Broadway find Mapleton Street (it’s just north of the main downtown). Turn on to Mapleton heading west. You will go up a steep hill through a very nice old residential area. Just keep going straight and you will end up in Sunshine canyon and begin climbing up out of town. You will hit the mountain community of Gold Hill. Keep going straight through Gold Hill (you make a slight left at the West end of town, but it more or less takes you straight). A few miles later (aprox 5) you will hit a trail head and sign for the Switzerland Trail. Hand a left. You will see some small pull outs as you go that lead to camp sites. Just before you hit the main turn off for Switzerland you will also see a few small Forest Service roads going up to the left. These also lead to a number of camp spots."

It was interesting to stumble upon someone that already knows about SMBs.
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Caribou sounds ineresting, has anyone ever been there?
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