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Happy 4th of July Camping!

Can’t wait to post all about our camping trip this holiday weekend…

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Radium (Kremmling)

10 miles from Green Mt Reservoir going north on Hwy 40 is Trough Rd…on your left. Taking this and following the signs to Radium (watch for a sharp turn around on your right) will get you to a couple of camping places that revolve around rafting the Colorado Headwaters (Blue River). We went to the Radium Recreation Site that is within site of the very small “town” of Radium. Colorado River Runs Rafting is here. This campground is $6 a night or a day use area on the river. We had my parents 5th wheel that is 30 ft long. There were plenty of RV, tent and 2 group sites. This is BLM land and I believe you call the Kremmling BLM office for reservations of the group camping. No hook ups, pit toilets, picnic tables…no shade. For some reason we were the only ones camping there on a Friday night. There is a train that comes through a few times. Campground is clean and has some great views. I highly recommend rafting with Colorado River Runs and Ian! We caught up with Ian and because this was a spontaneous camping night for us (on the way home from Steamboat) he offered to bring us firewood and also let us know that the only place for groceries was 5 miles away at Rancho Del Rio. We bought frozen burritos, Jimmy Dean sandwiches and raviolis for $33!! Ah well, if we’d been a bit earlier there looked to be a nice little restaurant. Kremmling was about 30 minutes away.

On the way to the campground we saw another small campground by the river. It was full…I would have liked to stay at this one and I’ve included pics of it.

P.S No cell phone coverage! Pay phone at the campground…$1 for 10 minutes to Denver!

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The other campground…

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Rainbow Falls

We returned to Rainbow Falls area for a second trip. After a stop in Woodland Park; the road to Rainbow Falls is nearby. This is a heavy traversed area for ATV’s. The first area we arrived at was a huge parking lot and bathrooms…as we continued down the road there are many spots where ATV’ers can camp and then use the road for play. If this is you…great! If this is not you…you need to head UP! There are a few roads that begin to go up above the main ATV area. This is where we went. The views are fabulous and the spots are large and plentiful. This is not an area with any water nearby…just basic wooded camping. For entertainment we continued to explore the roads and the views. There are 4 by 4 trails and walking trails.  You are in Pike National Forrest.

Getting there…..
From Woodland Park take Hwy 67 for 10.5 miles north
Rainbow Falls road will be on your right

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Welcome to Family Camping Colorado!

Welcome to our family blog about our camping adventures! For the last 15 years, we have been camping with our 3 kids, usually our dogs and anyone who wants to come along. The kids are now 12, 13 and 15 years old. They all had their first camping trips as infants…..it is much easier now! Family camping is a basic family value for us. It is a time that the kids can “unplug” (well, mostly), learn to do nothing, entertain themselves, and work together. It is a time for my husband and I to do something we both enjoy and get away from the stresses of the city. We believe that time in nature keeps our family close and teaches everyone a whole lot of patience, flexibility and tolerance!

How we roll……

*Typically in a pop-up or a tent. The pop-up is nothing fancy–no toilet or shower–just a way to be off the ground.

*Occasionally a back-pack trip—but this is pretty hardcore. We like car camping!

*We LOVE group camping! The idea of the temporary “tent city” is disturbingly fun.

*We are basically Colorado red-necks….meaning we like our BB guns and real ones also, our kids entertain themselves with pocket knives and we let our dogs run loose. THEREFORE…we primarily are dispersed campers as far away from people as we can get! We do sometimes “campground” camp and then we try and follow the rules 🙂

This blog is an attempt to share locations and tips about Colorado camping—-Fritz style. We’ll start out with current trips and then add some past ones in the mix if we can remember all the details. We don’t tend to go back to the same place twice.

We hope that this blog will encourage others to camp often, once in awhile—or at least try it once!

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