Plan now for summer outdoor fun. 

As the temperatures took a deep dive recently and some areas of Colorado are getting pretty good snow, many of us may be turning our thoughts to the warm summer nights around a campfire (fire restrictions allowing) in one of our state's beautiful parks.

And, it is a good time to start thinking about those outdoor vacations in nature because getting in your reservations for a spot is required. As of January 2020, all state parks began requiring reservations for campsites, including places for tents, RVs, cabins, and yurts under the Colorado Parks and Wildlife system. 

"With over 4,000 campsites and 58 cabins and yurts located throughout the state, Colorado State Parks' affordable accommodations offer something for everyone. From the outdoor enthusiast to the family looking for a relaxing weekend, the perfect escape is only a click or phone call away," says CPW.


Camping isn't just for summer; you can even camp in an igloo this winter! Reservations are required for this fun lodging in Mancos State Park through the CPW system! 

According to CPW, it's easier than ever for campers to reserve a campsite. Campers can make reservations 24/7 by phone (1-800-244-5613) or online, the day they plan to arrive at the park or up to six months in advance. 

However, it is important to note that while camping reservations can be made the day of, there is no guarantee any will be available. CPW allows reservations up to six months in advance, and they fill up pretty fast these days, so now is the time to begin planning your trip and get your name in the books. That is particularly true for spots over summer holiday weekends, and when the weather is generally predictably pleasant. 

To make your reservations or learn more about Colorado's camping guidelines, please visit

If you are hoping to camp in one of Colorado's 11 National Forests or one of our National Parks or National Monuments, where allowed, you'll also have to be aware of the guidelines.

Most of the national forests have both reservation and first-come, first-served camping options. However, COVID has changed some restrictions. Several, like Rocky Mountain National Park, also require backcountry camping permits. To find out more information on National Forest, Park, and Monument access and camping, visit