The 15 BEST Places To Go Camping Near Breckenridge

By: Derek Vitiello | Last Updated on December 22, 2023
Having called Breckenridge home for several years, I’ve had the privilege of experiencing its breathtaking beauty across all seasons. While its snowy winters are renowned worldwide, it’s the vibrant summers and the golden hues of fall that truly showcase Breckenridge as a camper’s dream. During these seasons, the town transforms into a haven for outdoor […]

Having called Breckenridge home for several years, I’ve had the privilege of experiencing its breathtaking beauty across all seasons. While its snowy winters are renowned worldwide, it’s the vibrant summers and the golden hues of fall that truly showcase Breckenridge as a camper’s dream. During these seasons, the town transforms into a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

The dense forests, shimmering lakes, and majestic peaks come alive, offering a myriad of camping experiences. From the tranquil shores of Dillon Reservoir to the enchanting seclusion of Hall Valley, each spot tells its own story.

In this article, I’ll delve into the top 20 best places to go camping in Breckenridge, drawing from the countless nights I’ve spent nestled in its embrace. Whether you’re an avid camper or someone looking to explore the outdoors of this mountain gem, these handpicked spots promise an unforgettable experience.

Tiger Run RV Resort

Nestled between the historic towns of Breckenridge and Frisco, the Tiger Run RV Resort is the epitome of luxury camping.

This resort is not your typical campground; it offers full amenities, including an indoor pool, hot tubs, a fitness center, and a clubhouse. Each site is meticulously maintained, ensuring your stay is as comfortable as possible.

Whether you’re in an RV or opting for one of their charming chalets, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking mountain views.

The resort’s central location also means you’re just minutes away from world-class skiing, hiking, and the vibrant nightlife of Breckenridge.

Peak One Campground

Imagine waking up to the serene views of Dillon Reservoir with the majestic Rocky Mountains painting the backdrop.

Peak One Campground offers this and so much more. Located right on the shores of the reservoir, this campground is a haven for water enthusiasts. Whether you’re into kayaking, fishing, or simply enjoying a lakeside picnic, Peak One has something for everyone.

The well-spaced sites ensure privacy, and the pine trees provide ample shade. Evening campfires here are magical, with the shimmering waters reflecting the starry skies above.

Prospector Campground

Another gem by the Dillon Reservoir, Prospector Campground, offers a unique blend of mountain and water views.

Each campsite is a front-row seat to nature’s grandeur, with the vast reservoir on one side and towering peaks on the other.

The campground is a favorite among hikers and bikers, with several trails starting right from the camp.

Amenities like potable water and vault toilets ensure a comfortable stay.

As night falls, gather around the campfire, roast some marshmallows, and indulge in stargazing – the clear mountain air makes the constellations seem almost within reach.

Heaton Bay Campground

For those who dream of lakeside camping, Heaton Bay Campground is a dream come true.

Strategically located on the Dillon Reservoir’s shores, every campsite offers panoramic views of the water and surrounding mountains.

The campground is equipped with all the necessary amenities, including drinking water and restrooms, ensuring a hassle-free camping experience. Activities abound, from boating and fishing in the reservoir to hiking the nearby trails.

As the sun sets, the tranquil waters turn golden, creating a picturesque setting for evening relaxation.

Pine Cove Campground

Seeking a quieter camping experience? Pine Cove Campground is your answer.

While it’s near the bustling Dillon Reservoir, it offers a more secluded ambiance, making it perfect for those looking to disconnect and rejuvenate. The dense pine forest provides ample shade, and the gentle sound of rustling leaves is therapeutic.

The campground is well-equipped with clean restrooms and drinking water. Its proximity to the reservoir means you can easily indulge in water activities or simply enjoy the views. At Pine Cove, nature’s symphony is uninterrupted, and the experience is truly immersive.

Lowry Campground

Tucked away in a serene forested setting near the Dillon Reservoir, Lowry Campground is a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle.

The tall spruce and pine trees offer a canopy of green, making each campsite feel like a private woodland retreat. With amenities like drinking water and vault toilets, campers can enjoy the wilderness without sacrificing comfort.

The proximity to the reservoir offers ample opportunities for fishing, boating, and lakeside picnics. As evening descends, the forest comes alive with the sounds of nature, making it a perfect spot for those seeking a tranquil camping experience.

Cataract Creek Campground

For the true adventurer, Cataract Creek Campground promises an experience like no other. Located in a more remote part of the region, this campground is a haven for those seeking solitude and unspoiled nature.

The highlight here is the nearby Cataract Falls, a cascading wonder that’s a treat for the senses. The campground itself is rustic, with basic amenities, but what it lacks in facilities, it more than makes up for with its breathtaking surroundings.

Hiking, wildlife watching, and simply soaking in the beauty of the area are popular activities here.

Blue River Campground

Situated along the mesmerizing Blue River, this campground is a dream destination for anglers and nature lovers alike.

The river’s crystal-clear waters are teeming with fish, making it a popular spot for fly fishing. Each campsite offers scenic views of the river and the dense forest beyond.

The sound of the flowing river adds a calming ambiance, making it an ideal location for relaxation and meditation. With basic amenities on hand and a plethora of outdoor activities to indulge in, Blue River Campground is a must-visit for those looking to connect with nature.

White River National Forest Dispersed Camping

View on Boreas Pass

Embrace the raw beauty of nature with dispersed camping in the vast White River National Forest. Here, away from designated campgrounds, you have the freedom to find your own perfect spot amidst the wilderness.

Whether you choose a secluded grove or a ridge with panoramic views, the experience is genuinely authentic. While amenities are sparse in these primitive areas, the sense of solitude and connection with nature is profound.

The forest’s vastness ensures that every visit can be a new adventure, with untouched landscapes waiting to be discovered.

Jefferson Creek Campground

Nestled amidst dense forests, Jefferson Creek Campground is a serene oasis for campers.

The gentle babble of Jefferson Creek, winding its way through the campground, adds a calming ambiance, making it a favorite for those seeking relaxation. Each campsite is thoughtfully placed, ensuring privacy and a genuine connection with the surroundings.

The creek itself is a haven for anglers, with its clear waters teeming with fish. For those looking to explore, numerous trails lead into the forest, each promising its own set of wonders, from cascading waterfalls to hidden groves.

Kenosha Pass Campground

Experience nature’s grandeur at Kenosha Pass Campground, especially during the fall. As the season changes, the aspen trees turn a brilliant gold, transforming the entire area into a vibrant masterpiece.

Situated at a mountain pass, campers are treated to breathtaking views that span both the eastern plains and the western mountain ranges. The proximity to the Colorado Trail offers hiking opportunities for all, from leisurely walks to challenging treks.

Evenings at the campground are magical, with the golden leaves reflecting the warm hues of the sunset, creating memories that last a lifetime.

Guanella Pass Campground

Elevate your camping experience at Guanella Pass Campground. Located at a significant altitude, this campground boasts sweeping vistas of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and alpine landscapes.

The crisp mountain air is both invigorating and refreshing, making every breath a pleasure. Adventure seekers will appreciate the nearby Bierstadt Trail, which leads to one of Colorado’s renowned 14ers.

But even if you choose to stay close to your campsite, the panoramic views, especially at dawn and dusk, are enough to make your stay unforgettable. The campground, while rustic, provides a cozy base from which to explore this high-altitude wonderland.

Hall Valley Campground

Tucked away in a secluded valley, Hall Valley Campground offers an intimate embrace with nature. The dense forest canopy provides a serene backdrop, with the gentle sounds of a nearby river adding to the ambiance.

Each campsite feels like a private sanctuary, where you can truly disconnect and immerse yourself in the wilderness. Beyond the campsite, the valley beckons with its hidden treasures.

Explore the trails, fish in the pristine river, or simply sit back and let the tranquility of the area wash over you. As night descends, the secluded setting ensures a starry canopy, making it a dreamy spot for stargazers.

Horseshoe Campground

Imagine a vast meadow surrounded by towering peaks, and right in the middle lies Horseshoe Campground. This unique setting offers campers expansive views and a sense of openness that’s truly refreshing.

The spacious sites are perfect for both families and groups, with ample room for tents, campfires, and outdoor games. The surrounding area is a playground for nature lovers, with trails leading to panoramic viewpoints and dense woodlands.

At night, the open meadow becomes a stage for the celestial dance, with clear views of the Milky Way and shooting stars.

Burning Bear Campground

Where the forest meets the meadow, Burning Bear Campground stands as a testament to nature’s diverse beauty. Campers can choose between shaded forest sites or open meadow spots, each offering its own unique charm.

The nearby Burning Bear Trail is a favorite among hikers, winding through varied landscapes and offering glimpses of local wildlife. The campground’s name might hint at its fiery sunsets, where the sky seems to blaze with colors, reflecting on both the trees and the open fields.

It’s a place where memories are forged, be it around a campfire or under the vast sky.

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About The Author

Derek, Co-Founder at Know Nothing Nomads

My goal with my writing and Know Nothing Nomads as a whole is to share my passions of hiking, camping, and a love of the outdoors with our readers.

Making the difficult and uncertain feel more approachable to people that might not know enough to feel comfortable taking their first steps into the wilderness is a driving factor for me.

When I'm not writing you can find me on a trail, in a forest, or next to a river with hiking shoes on my feet and a fly rod somewhere close by.

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