Picturesque Aspen has a lot to offer from gorgeous hikes to delicious dining, a thriving arts and culture scene, and so much more. This summer, make sure to spend a little time outside of town with a weekend camping trip at one of the many campsites in the Roaring Fork Valley. Below is a list of our top picks for campgrounds perfect for outdoor adventures:
For a short camping trip, travel 11 miles southeast of Aspen into the lodgepole pine forest to the Lincoln Gulch Family Campground. Home to six campsites accommodating a total of 35 people, these beautiful spots allow direct access to the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. From here, enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, and 4-wheel driving. This site also includes vaulted toilets, water and trash facilitate. Due to the five-day stay limit, no reservations are required, making this site perfect for a spontaneous weekend trip.
Another great area for a short camping trip is the Silver Bell Campground. Just a quick five miles southwest of Aspen, these four campsites allow for an especially exciting camping experience. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, and wildflower identification are just a few of the recreational opportunities Silver Bell has to offer. Reservations are required and guests are limited to a five-day visit, so plan for a weekend to indulge in the great outdoors.
Difficult Campground has a 50-day stay limit providing a great opportunity for long camping trips. Located five miles southeast of Aspen, this 47-site campground has water and vaulted toilets for its guests and is heavily treed providing extra shade. Although road biking is not available onsite, hiking, picnicking, and fishing is easily found on site. On Saturday nights, enjoy campfire talks right on the campgrounds.
Head nine miles up Highway 82 to the 11-site Weller Campground to take advantage of the great access to fishing and hiking, as well as vault toilets, water, and trash facilities for campers.