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Camping for Eldo/Flatirons?

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Mike Nudi 1 · · New Lenox, Il · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 0


Looking to camp and climb in these areas.  Anybody have any beta on good camping nearby?  


Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65

If only there was some kind of search function on MP.......

erigre · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2006 · Points: 76

Wyoming, New Mexico or Utah

JCM · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jun 2008 · Points: 95

Honestly, just go elsewhere. What makes those crags so famous is their proximity and ease of access from Boulder and Denver. This is great for locals, but makes these crags unsuited to a road tripper. Simply put, there are better crags out there, that also have easier camping. But they may be less famous since they are more remote. For the road tripper looking for camping, this is good.

In the front range, consider visiting the South Platte instead. Start with the Cathedral Spires and Turkey Rock (both areas are great), or branch out to any of the dozens of other great crags in the South Platte. All of these areas will have sone sort of reasonable camping option.

Or, just drive to Moab and climb desert towers.

David A · · Boulder, CO · Joined Oct 2008 · Points: 410

Lol, ya no camping exists close to these places, but if you want to drive up to the areas outside of the towns of Rollinsville, Nederland, Ward, it's all national forest with plenty of dispersed camping. These are all about 1-1.5 hours away from Flatirons and Eldo. Just please be respectful of the land/don't be an ignoramus, this is a heavily used area with lots of turd balls that act like dicks up there, which does lead to areas being closed off to camping. 

Julian H · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2017 · Points: 5

Netherlands. But you will be robbed/killed if you go to the wrong hood in the woods. They don’t like people camping in boulder area. Used to be a hostel close to the university. 

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65
Julian H wrote: Netherlands.


erigre · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2006 · Points: 76
Marc801 C wrote:


For a second there, I thought he was talking about Dutchy Land. And then I thought, wait,  maybe he was talking about that unmentionable spot on the bottom of most(all?) of us....

Thanks for clarifying!

Patrick Hardy · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 75

The MP team built a "Camping Project" that includes MP data, fed campsites as well as some established dispersed camping. You can check out the Boulder area here:

Like others mentioned, your options are mostly a little ways out. The two places I would suggest are Upper dream canyon: primitive camping with a few hundred routes within walking distance, or Dude's Throne (aspen meadows campground): developed site in an aspen glade with a good sub-alpine sport crag walking distance. Both are about 30minutes from Boulder. The "A-Lodge" has camping 5 minutes from downtown, but it's $45/night.

trailridge · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2012 · Points: 20

Can't you camp in eldorado springs?  Just pitch a tent in one of the dirt parking lots outside the park

Long Ranger · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 331
trailridge wrote: Can't you camp in eldorado springs?  Just pitch a tent in one of the dirt parking lots outside the park

Just camp in the pool - it's off season, no one's around.

jay2718 · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2009 · Points: 5

Camp in a hotel.

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65

That link provides multiple threads that directly answer the OP’s question and reminds that there is a search function. 
How simple is that. 

Marc801 C · · Sandy, Utah · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 65

I’m in a meeting and the current topic is only marginally relevant to my role.

In another 5 minutes though.....

L Kap · · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2014 · Points: 95

Please don't try to dirtbag camp in the town of Eldorado Springs. We're having enough issues with access at Eldo as it is. Use a legal campsite or stay in a hotel.

The A Lodge has platform tent sites right at the base of Boulder Canyon. As noted upthread, they aren't cheap, but you can find community and beta with the A-lodge staff and other guests. 

curt86iroc · · Lakewood, CO · Joined Dec 2014 · Points: 74

honestly, boulder is a cool town. find a decent Airbnb and enjoy!!

john macleanakawhitey · · north providence, RI · Joined Jan 2011 · Points: 25

Colorado is a good place to live but I wouldn’t want to visit there 

Tony B · · Around Boulder, CO · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 23,403

St Vrain State Park is about 25 Min away and has heated showers & bathrooms and all in nice sites.  Also much warmer than Ned.
And certainly lots of sites open as well as good fishing.

Cosmiccragsman AKA Dwain · · Las Vegas, Nevada · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 106

Back nin the late 70s early 80s when I used to climb a lot at Eldo the owner/manager of the pool/club right outside the entrance of eldo used to rent out a limited number of camping spaces for climbers. Too bad that doesn't happen anymore.

Fehim Hasecic · · Boulder, CO · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 170

Lyons has campground right in town and it’s like 10 minutes away from St Vrain canyon which has some stellar climbing 

Tony B · · Around Boulder, CO · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 23,403

Surprised nobody mentioned the Adventure Lodge.  Yeah, kind of pricey for tent camping, but it's also pretty nice & a heck of a lot cheaper than a room somewhere:

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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