Hi r/camping crew, how would you spend a long weekend tent camping in Colorado?
I’m extending a work trip and renting a vehicle (perhaps mid-size truck) from the Denver airport. Seeking car camping spots (National Forests/BLM) or short/mid length hikes into beautiful backcountry locations. Open to putting on driving miles to see several gems or staying put for two days at the right location.
I have experience camping in winter conditions but usually at lower elevations. My gear will consist of adequate cold weather clothing, MSR Hubba Hubba tent, warm sleeping pad/bag, micro-spikes, and trekking poles.
So far I’ve seen mostly South/SW Colorado… Garden of the Gods, camped the Great Sand Dunes for three nights, then drove highway 160 toward Utah and saw Pagosa Springs, Mesa Verde NP, Canyons of the Ancients, etc. On the way back we drove highway 70 seeing Colorado National Monument, Vail, and St. Mary’s Glacier.
Areas that caught my attention while researching have been Leadville, Alma, Collegiate Peaks, Rocky Mt NP, Arapaho-Roosevelt NF. Thanks in advance!