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Favorite Campgrounds for Truck Campers

Loon Lake, Clark Fork of the Stanislaus River, near Kyburz, California.  Go anytime, especially the Spring and Summer are good times to go.  It is $14 to $24 per night.  Good fishing, clean bathrooms, boat ramp, and XC skiing in winter. – Mike Johnson


4J+1+1 Campground, Ouray, Colorado.  It’s right on the raging Uncompahgre River and walking distance to town.  Ouray has beautiful scenery.  This town is at the north end of the Million Dollar Highway, which is an awesome road to drive. – Angela and Gordon White


Bogan Flats Campground, Marble, Colorado.  We like it because it is right on the Crystal River.  We tow our modified jeep, so we are able to run a few trails out there.  We like to go there in June when the river is running hard from the mountain run off. – Gary and Dee Patton


Echo Park Campground, Dinosaur National Monument, Northwest Corner of Colorado.  Early Fall is an ideal time to go.  Echo Park is open all year, however road conditions matter.  It’s $8 when water is available, otherwise it free.  It is a bit difficult to get to. It is in a fantastic setting with nearby vertical cliffs, river confluence, and ringtail cats. – Rick Johnson

Echo Lake Campground, Idaho Springs, Colorado.  May to September is when it is open.  Echo Lake campground is at 10,600 feet.  Great Colorado forest with deer, elk, squirrels, chipmunks, gray jays, an occasional moose and hummingbirds sharing your site.  It is at the foot of Mount Evans, the highest paved road in North America.  As you drive, bike or walk up the road you climb through three life zones, passing ancient trees, lakes and forest to the land above timberline.  Along the way you can see Rocky Mountain goats and Bighorn sheep.  Sunrise and moonrise are beyond belief at 14,000 feet elevation.  It was snowing at top last week in August while it was ninety degrees in Denver. – Steve Hannan


Lost Lake Campground, Paonia, Colorado.  It’s quiet and over looks a small lake.  There are two hiking trails right in the campground.  The best time is late September to see the aspen trees.  However, this campground is first come, first serve. – Gary and Dee Patton


Monarch Park Campground, Monarch Pass, Colorado.  It’s on the northeast side of Monarch Pass in Colorado.  I like late Summer and early Fall.  It’s $17 on Reserve  The views are pretty incredible, especially at sunset and sunrise or when a storm is developing, of several 14ers; Shavano, Tabeguache and Antero.  It is high at about 10,500 feet, which is almost to Monarch Pass at 11,312 feet.  It’s across US50 from the Monarch Ski Area. – Patrick Caulfield


Moraine Park Campground, Rocky Mountain National Park, near Estes, Colorado.  The Elk were bugling and walking through the campground in late September and early October. – Angela and Gordon White


Silver Queen, Maroon Bells, Aspen, Colorado.  There are only six sites here, so it’s very quiet.  It’s close to the Bells for hiking as well as jeeping in the area.  We tend to visit here in late August. – Gary and Dee Patton


Turquoise Lake, Leadville, Colorado.  A short distance away from Denver and they are among lodge pole pines.  We can hike and jeep.  We visit this campground all summer. – Gary and Dee Patton

Vaughn Lake, in Routt National Forest, Colorado on state route 16.  Between Winter melt and first snow, about June 25 to September 1 is the best time to go.  It’s free and looks over the top of the snow covered mountains, has an alpine meadow view, and a nice gravel forestry road.  It’s quiet with six campsites. – Jesse Taylor


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