Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 162
Number of Sites with Electric: 59
Only 30 miles from Denver, Golden Gate Canyon offers such amenities as a electrical hook-ups and tent-sites in two different campgrounds, stocked fishing ponds, picnic sites and the Panorama Point Scenic Overlook, where visitors can see 100 miles of the Continental Divide. The park’s numerous group facilities can host several types of events, from weddings to family reunions and company picnics.
Besides camping, overnight guests can also stay at one of the five cabins and two yurts at Golden Gate. In 2008, the park began renting out guest houses, a first for a Colorado State Park. Winter will find visitors cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice fishing and ice skating.
Reverend's Ridge Campground has 97 sites and accommodates trailers, pickup campers and tents. Facilities include flush toilets, shower and laundry facilities and a dump station. Some facilities are closed during cold weather months. Fifty-nine campsites at Reverend's Ridge have electrical hookups.
Aspen Meadows Campground has 35 sites for tents only. Facilities include a water pump, vault toilets, and designated campsites with table, fire rings, and high use tent pads. Each site is limited to a maximum of 6 people. Sites 15 and 16 will accommodate horses, call the park for specific information. This campground closes in mid-October and typically opens in mid-May depending on weather conditions.
For those who want a more primitive and somewhat unique camping experience, there are four backcountry shelters available at Golden Gate Canyon State Park. These three-sided structures, which are built in the Appalachian trail-hut tradition, have roofs and wood floors. Each hut can sleep up to six people without a tent. In addition to the four shelters, there are 20 backcountry tent sites open year-round . Many of these sites are located in large, scenic meadows and are surrounded by 10,000 foot peaks.
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