Friday, May 11, 2007

Colorado campgrounds offer a site for sore eyes

Sleeping outdoors under the stars sounds like a romantic notion, but camping often requires more than simply pitching a tent.

Luckily, Colorado is full of experts on the recreational endeavor, including camping guru Gil Folsom, author of Colorado Campgrounds: The 100 Best and All the Rest (Westcliffe $24.95).

Once they've got the basics down, camping enthusiasts typically gravitate to a specific type of site.

Some prefer remote locations that can only be reached through long hikes.

Others like the luxury of staying in campgrounds that cater to RV owners.

Best campground for RVers:

"With a 1,000-acre lake in a valley only a few miles from the Continental Divide, Steamboat Lake is one of the crown jewels of the state park system," Folsom says. Nearly half of the park's 198 sites offer electrical hookups, and Folsom says the campground can accommodate most RVs.

He also gives high marks to Redstone, a scenic gem providing modern facilities and sites with electrical and water hookups.
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