The Rocky Mountains are a mountain range that stretches on more than 4 800 miles from the British Columbia, Canada to New Mexico, United States. Its highest peak is Mount Elbert, with a 4 399 m height, located in the state of Colorado. Given their length, you can imagine there are a thousand places you could go camping and hiking, but, that is precisely the issue, it is hard to pick one place to visit in the Rocky Mountains. You can wander aimlessly, discovering new sights by yourself, but that is not recommended for inexperienced amateurs. So which are the best spots for camping?
You should probably start with the Colorado National Park, where you can admire many wild animal species such as elk, deer, bighorn sheep and many rare species of birds. You can only visit it in spring and summer, as it is usually closes during autumn and winter due to meteorological conditions.
Another spot you shouldn’t miss is The Mesa Verde National Park, the home of the Ancestral Puebloans, located in the Montezuma County, Colorado. It is one of the most valuable archeological sites in the US and it will provide you with an amazing history lesson about the civilization inhabiting these places a long time ago and the mysterious conditions in which it disappeared. Today, you can visit the site and admire the well-preserved ruins. If you want to find out more about this civilization, you can visit the Chapin Mesa museum located nearby.
One of the most impressive and largest trailing parks in the Rocky Mountains is the Timber Creek Campground. There are 98 camping sites for tents and RV’s equally. You don’t need a reservation when coming here, as the camping spots are given following the first-come, first-served rule. From the campsite you can choose one of the many hiking trails that will take you in picturesque areas of the mountains. In the evening, you can light a campfire on the metal fire grates provided by the camp administration. The park is located as a 34 mile distance from the Grand Lake, so you can hop in your truck or RV and take a detour before the end of your weekend trip.
The Yellowstone National Park is the oldest and one of the most sensational natural parks in the world. However, though it may not entirely fall in the best camping places in the Rocky Mountains category, the park lies on a plateau surrounded by them. With its endless trails, natural variety of species, geological wonderment and its 300 geysers, the Yellowstone National Park is a place you will never be able to forget and you’ll want to visit at least once more. Most people come here for the great variety of hiking trails which can take hikers a couple of hours walk to cover or can become a few days exploring adventure. There are a total of 12 campgrounds inside the Yellowstone Park, its huge accommodation possibilities allow you to camp here without prior reservation. However, as their website alerts, don’t take selfies near animals, because they can become restless and dangerous.