Take your pooch to experience the luxuries of Aspen without the high price tag! Difficult Campground is the closest camping facility to the mountain municipality of Aspen, though it is named "Difficult" for a reason. The roads to get to this little hideaway in nature are rough and poorly maintained. Still, the idea of checking out this elite section of Colorado at such a bargain attracts many a camper!
Be warned, though: things don't get much easier once you make it to the actual facility. Many of the 47 campsites aren't level and have brush crowding in on the 40-foot spurs. The same goes for the roads in the campground, as they are bumpy and tricky to maneuver. Because of this, you may not want to attempt bringing large trailers or RVs into this campground. Drinking water is available as well as food lockers to keep bears and other creatures out of your supplies while you stay here. Campsites here cost $24.34 per night, but prices increase $2 for holiday stays.
At the grounds, many campers enjoy activities along the Roaring River, which flows right beside the camping area. Anglers who like fly fishing will love the chance to cast a line into the waters, and thrill-seekers can take their turn rafting down the powerful river. Whether you like dirt biking, mountain biking, or just hitting the path with your pup, you'll find every kind of trail throughout the surrounding White River National Forest.
Your furry friend is welcome to come and stay with you at the campground, though it is unclear if further rules around pets on the premises are enforced. To be safe, bring a 6-foot leash with you and keep your woofer by your side at all times. Not only is this a courtesy to other campers, but it will keep you and your canine compadre safe from the bears in the area. As always, be a good pup parent and clean up all of your pooch's waste.
If you have a hankering to see the sights of Aspen, consider the thriftier way of doing so by staying at Difficult Campground.