6 Summer Camping Spots Around Steamboat

Summertime is one of the best times in Steamboat Springs for camping. Locals head over to BAP for a shopping spree or pull out their camping gear from storage.

Looking for the best camping spots in Steamboat? Take a look at some of our favorite areas to pitch a tent, do some hiking, go backpacking, or do some "glamping" in and around Steamboat Springs below:

Foggy Morning in Steamboat Springs

If you want to be close to town

Steamboat Springs KOA

A ten-minute car drive away from town, these sites offer options for those staying in tents or anyone wanting to “glamp” it up and sleep in a cabin. As it’s close to town, you’ll be able to enjoy Steamboat’s amenities but also be able to feel like you are camping in Colorado’s wilderness. Steamboat Springs KOA Camp Site Map

If you want to go north

North Routt

North Routt has several great camping spots with lots of outdoor activities to enjoy. You could camp at Steamboat Lake or Pearl Lake and enjoy swimming, fishing, or taking a hike up Hahns Peak. For more information on things to do in North Routt, check out our blog on it. Steamboat Springs Lake in the Summer

If you want to go south

Stagecoach State Park

Stagecoach Campground has sites right next to the reservoir so that you play in the lake then enjoy the stars at night! There are plenty of ways to enjoy a day in Stagecoach. 

If you want to go backpacking

The Zirkel Wilderness

The Zirkel Wilderness has great trails for hiking and backpacking. I've backpacked there in previous summers, and it was an incredible experience. I even saw llamas! While camping there, we woke up to a deer stepping around our tent.

Hiking with llamas in Steamboat Springs Zirkel Wilderness

If you want to head outside of town

Rocky Mountain Glamping

For a unique experience further out of town, head to Bliss Camp near Rocky Mountain National Park. You'll have a frontier experience with a luxury twist -- glamping with a queen-size bed in a canvas tent with nothing but natural beauty all around.

Hike, fish, or enjoy the wilderness. Your hosts live nearby, and there's an open-air kitchen and a crystal clear pond. As an alternative, two wagons on the property are also available to rent.

Devil's Causeway Backpacking

Experienced backpackers will enjoy Devil's Causeway in the Flat Tops Wilderness an hour southwest of Steamboat. It's not for the novice or the easily intimidated, but traversing a narrow crossing that's only three feet wide in places, with steep drops on either side, will really get your adrenalin going! The crossing is optional and adds about 4 miles to the hike.

Wherever you go camping, always remember to leave the site and the trail better than you found it. Also, bring a camera — you’re bound to get some good views while out and about!

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