Columbine Campground is an off-roader's paradise! This facility can be found way up at an elevation of 9,200 feet and is reachable only by a gravel (and then dirt) road. What once was a vibrant forest has been seriously hindered by invasive pine beetles, but even though certain areas are now barren, there is lots of fun to be had at this campground.
You'll find 46 campsites at Columbine which start at $19 per night, but none of these sites offer hookups. Most are large enough to accommodate RVs, but several are only suitable for tent camping. There is drinking water via water spigots, and you can purchase firewood on-site. Metal trash bins are also provided -- and using them properly is a great way to keep bears off of your site because, yes, there are lots of them here! Each site has its own campfire ring and picnic table and the lots are situated into two loops. Permits are required for gathering firewood out of the forest.
While here, many of the campers enjoy the numerous Jeep roads located around the campground. A less extreme drive can be taken on the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, which offers incredible views to visitors. Anglers will love spending time on the many creeks and lakes in the forest, and your pupper will have a great time hiking on the paths with you by their side.
Dogs are permitted to camp at Columbine Campground, and though the leash rules are unclear, we recommend keeping your pup on-leash and near you at all times for the safety of both other campers and your pooch as well; remember, bears do come through here often! Because of this, it is extra important that you pick up all pet waste promptly and dispose of it in the trash receptacles. Also, be sure to store all food and toiletries out of sight inside your vehicle.
If tearing around on a four-wheeler or OHV is your thing, you won't want to miss out on Columbine Campground!