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    Default CO Summer Camping Trip

    Starting to plan a late July- early August camping trip with my wife and daughter. There are just too many awesome places in Colorado! Last year we went to Poudre area and loved it. Any suggestions for somewhere in the mountains I could fish, we could hike, there's nice forest and won't be packed in the middle of the busy season?

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    Nope, none of that stuff here, I'd look elsewhere CO Summer Camping Trip

    I've been here 2 years now and spend A LOT of time in the mountains, and feel like I've only begun exploring. There are limitless places that meet your criteria, with the exception of the crowds part. The national park is amazing but will be a zoo that time of year unless you make it in to the backcountry sections. Outside of that, generally the further you get from I70 and the big resort towns the fewer crowds you'll see. We love the Buena Vista/Salida area, it's a little busier during rafting season but not bad. And the closer you get to August the rafters will be less and less.
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    Yeah we had season passes to RMNP last year and went alot, definitely not going camping there in middle of summer. Makes sense that the further away from 70 gets less busy.

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    If you're thinking the northern part of the state again, State Forest State Park is a really nice area too. Only been in the winter so not sure what crowds are like in summer, but it's a pretty good hike from anywhere with a high population so I wouldn't imagine it would be too terrible.

    Opposite side, Gunnsion/Crested Butte/Durango are also supposed to be incredible and are a long drive from the big front range cities. Haven't been to any of them yet but plan to remedy that this summer
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    Anyone have any experience with camp dick, on middle st vrain creek?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tx_newb View Post
    If you're thinking the northern part of the state again, State Forest State Park is a really nice area too. Only been in the winter so not sure what crowds are like in summer, but it's a pretty good hike from anywhere with a high population so I wouldn't imagine it would be too terrible.

    Opposite side, Gunnsion/Crested Butte/Durango are also supposed to be incredible and are a long drive from the big front range cities. Haven't been to any of them yet but plan to remedy that this summer
    Yeah state forest state park was where we went near the Poudre and it was awesome! Crested butte might work, I'll check it out. That's would be about as far as my wife would be willing to drive though.

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    tx newb is spot on. The Estes Park area would be crowded. You can go up the Poudre Canyon again, but continue to the North Park area. Walden is a small town with great fishing and not crowded at all.

    If you go to the Western Slope, The White River is one of my favorite areas. Lots of fish, not many people. The river is between the Yampa and Colorado, so it's kind of forgotten about.

    The Eagle River fishes great, and for some reason it doesn't get the attention that other nearby rivers get. Too bad, because the Eagle has quality fish in size and numbers.

    Back on the Front Range, the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area is full of lakes and streams just filled with fish. I will be honest and say that there are hikers, but they stay away from the streams and creeks. These waters are on average 20 - 25 feet across making it prime 3wt rod adventures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lee_smn View Post
    Anyone have any experience with camp dick, on middle st vrain creek?

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    Yeah state forest state park was where we went near the Poudre and it was awesome! Crested butte might work, I'll check it out. That's would be about as far as my wife would be willing to drive though.
    The Peaceful Valley campground at camp dick is really busy in the summer, as to be expected.

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    Camp Dick was great on 4th of July if you're in to unsupervised children with whistles standing next to your campsite

    It's was busy but I also think camp dick got destroyed by the floods, not sure if it's back open or functional
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    That's the problem with the Front Range area, you're not going to escape the crowds.

    All I can say is "go west young man", and try the Rio Grande River around South Fork. There's also The Arkansas in Salida. Can't beat 100 miles of gold medal trout water. Canon City has camping areas off hwy 50, and the river is right there.
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    +1 for Salida, great town with great fishing. South fork and Creede are also great with the Rio Grande right there and tons of small creeks. Also a lot of forest around both places.

    The southwest of the state really has great fishing and probably not near as much pressure from the cities. Animas, San Juan, Piedra, Los Piņos rivers to fish. Plus lots of small streams and lakes. There is also a bunch of stuff to do with the family. Hiking, train rides, Mesa Verde, rafting, you could also go north to the small mining towns.
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