Durango, Colorado

Camping in Durango Area


Gather 'round the campfire! Whether you are seeking a bit of solitude, exploring with friends or planning the perfect summer get-away for the whole family, pack your camping gear—the Great Outdoors is calling.

Durango, Colorado offers an array of camping options. Several campgrounds provide drinking water, modern restrooms, hot showers, picnic tables, grills and more. Make new friends at one of the full-service RV parks or pitch a good old-fashioned tent in the backcountry and wake to birdsong; either way, you are sure to reap the rewards of camping in the Centennial State.

Select a link below to view more details about campgrounds/campsites in that respective area.

Camping in San Juan National Forest

Camping in Mesa Verde National Park

Camping in Colorado State Parks near Durango, CO
(Navajo State Park, Mancos State Park)

Camping in Private Campgrounds in Durango, CO
(Lightner Creek, KOA, United Campgrounds)

Camping Tips

Camping in Durango

Trails and Fires and Bears, oh my! Make your experience the best it can be by abiding all rules of safety. Always carry a map and stay on marked trails; observe fire restrictions and extinguish unattended campfires; and properly store food stuffs to avoid attracting bears.

With some conscientious thinking, the beauty of Durango can be preserved for future generations. Only use soaps that will not harm aquatic life and dispose of garbage in a designated trash receptacle. Litter is not only unsightly; it can cause grave danger to wildlife. Remember, if you pack it in—pack it out.

Acclimating to the Altitude in Durango, CO

Stay hydrated. At over 6,500 feet above sea level, altitude sickness can catch Durango visitors unaware. The best way to combat the common symptoms of nausea and lightheadedness is to drink plenty of water. By the time you feel thirsty your body is already dehydrated, so keep consuming fluids throughout the day. Don't rely too much on the likes of coffee, soda or beer to keep you going—stick with water. Up to 3-4 quarts of water should be consumed per person per day, depending on level of activity.

Water Purification

Stomach sickness can quickly ruin a vacation. Even seemingly pristine nature sources can carry harmful microorganisms, which can cause serious illness. If drawing water from streams or other outdoor supplies, always filter, boil or use chemical tablets to purify it. There are also water purification wands that employ UV light to kill bacteria, viruses and parasites. Whichever method you select, ensure your camp uses only clean drinking water.