Golden Gate Canyon State Park, only 30 miles from Denver, Colorado, is the perfect destination for any RV camper. There are over 12,000 acres in this park, which offers a scenic escape to tranquil forests, impressive mountain overlooks, and beautiful meadows.
There are many activities you can take on here as well, so you’ll never be bored. From the Panoramic Point Scenic Overlook, you can see 100 miles of the continental divide and there are over 40 miles of trails here that are available for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and more.
Whenever you decide to bring your RV, you’ll have an abundance of fun and challenging activities to choose from. Enjoy your time fishing or having a picnic in the summertime and go skiing, ice skating, and sledding in the winter time. Colorado tends to be pretty cold compared to other places in the US, so here in the park you can expect mild summers that rarely reach temperatures in the 80s Fahrenheit. Winters can be pretty harsh, reaching down into the single digits. Be sure to really bundle up if you visit when it’s cold, but don’t let it stop you from coming. There is lots to do at Golden Gate Canyon no matter when you visit, so pack up and head out.
RV Rentals in Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Transportation in Golden Gate Canyon State Park
There are a number of ways to get to Golden Gate Canyon State Park, but if you’ve brought your RV or trailer along with you, we recommend that you take Highway 119 coming from Denver. This route is much easier and more convenient for larger vehicles than the rest are.
There are parking lots located all throughout the park, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding a place to pull up for a short time. During the busy season though, it’s easier to go ahead and set your rig up at your campsite and head out into the park on foot or in a smaller vehicle.
Campgrounds and parking in Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Campsites in Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Reverend's Ridge Campground
If you plan to bring your RV during peak season, we definitely recommend making reservations ahead of time. You can book your spot as late as 3 days in advance or as early 6 months in advance. At Reverend’s Ridge, there are 97 sites, and you can have up to 6 people at each site. This is perfect if you’re looking to bring the whole family along on a family vacation in the RV.
Out of all of the campsites, 59 of them have electrical hookups offering 20, 30, and 50 amp options. You won’t have access to water or sewer hookups, but there is a dump station that you can use. You’ll also find showers and flush toilets nearby, along with laundry facilities. Reverend’s Ridge is the perfect campground for any RV camper to stay at.
Reverend's Ridge Campground
If you plan to visit Golden Gate Canyon State Park during the winter, you still have the option to camp at Reverend’s Ridge if you’ve brought your RV. It’s going to be a cold camping trip, so make sure you’re fully prepared - dress appropriately and keep your RV warm. The good thing about coming in the winter is you won’t have to worry about making reservations. This season isn’t nearly as popular with campers, so it's safe to assume you'll find a spot if you simply walk up. Keep in mind though that a lot of the convenient facilities - such as the bathrooms and laundry - shut down during the winter time. The good news is you’ll get that solitude that you’ve been looking for.
Tent Camping at Aspen Meadows
If you’re planning to visit during the warmer months, tent camping is a great way to experience nature and Golden Gate Canyon State Park. If you wish to leave the RV behind, Aspen Meadows is the perfect place to stay, as this is a tent-only campground. There are 35 sites to choose from, and you’ll have access to a water pump and vault toilets. You’ll also have a picnic table and fire ring at each site. There are even two sites that can accommodate horses if you’ve brought them.
Harmsen Ranch Guest House
If you’ve brought your RV but are looking for a change of pace, or maybe realized that your party is too big, you can come stay at the Harmsen Ranch Guest House. It has everything you need - 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, dining areas, a full kitchen, access to trails, and much more. There are even two spots where you can set up your rig and still RV camp here. This guest house is perfect for large groups such as big families, but groups are limited to a total of 20 people. You can also bring your horses along with you and keep them in the corrals on site. This is a great place to stay, and you’ll be guaranteed to have everything you need for a nice vacation.
Cabins & Yurts
If you’re looking for something a little different try a stay in a cabin or yurt. They are open for use year-round and hold up to 6 people. You can even bring along pets for a fee. If you want a more rustic feel, a cabin is a good choice. You’ll need to bring your own bedding and keep in mind that you’ll need to head over to Reverend’s Ridge to use their showers and toilets. The yurts are very similar to the cabins, but resemble a tent. You’ll still need to bring bed sheets and use Reverend’s Ridge bathroom facilities.
If tent camping at Aspen Meadows isn’t wild enough for you, try backcountry camping instead. There are 4 shelters and 20 tent sites to choose from, but you must have a permit before heading out. This can be a great way to experience the nature in the park.
Seasonal activities in Golden Gate Canyon State Park
There are plenty of fishing opportunities here in the park. You can fish just about anywhere except at the Visitor Center Show Pond. Before heading out to go fishing through, you’ll need a fishing license and a park pass. Once you get those things, you are allowed to catch up to four fish.
Throughout the park, there are 125 picnic areas to choose from. This park is a beautiful place that offers lots of different scenery, so you're sure to find the perfect spot for a picnic with friends. In addition to fantastic views, you’ll have a picnic table and charcoal grill at each site.
If you’ve brought your horse along with you on your trip, you can take them out onto 19 miles of multi-use trails. Lose yourself in all the pretty scenery and take this time to bond with your big, furry friend. There’s so much to see, and what better way to see it all than on horseback?
There are lots of climbing opportunities all throughout Golden Gate Canyon State Park, but keep in mind that the places that you can climb are not kept up by the park. You should have some experience with rock climbing and fully accept the risks that come with it before venturing out.
Hiking & Biking
Hiking trails are available for use year-round, but they are the easiest to navigate and the prettiest during the peak season. There are over 35 miles of hiking trails to discover, and 19 miles of those are open and available for bicyclers. Whether you’ve brought a bike or not, taking these trails can be a great way to experience the park and get some exercise.
Whether you’re new to snowtubing or do it all the time, you can enjoy the sport right here at the park. It’s similar to sledding, but as the name suggests, you’re in a tube. Just bring a tube, pick a hill, and go wild.
Don’t let the snow get in the way of your enjoyment of all the trails here in the park. In fact, make the most of it. There are lots of trails to be enjoyed, and the stillness of winter lends a whole new beauty to the park. Just strap on your snowshoes and head out for winter trek.
You don’t have to wait until it gets warm again in order to enjoy some time fishing. There’s still plenty of fish under the ice to catch - just make sure the ice is plenty thick enough before walking on it and drilling your hole. Also be sure you have a valid fishing licence and are up to speed on local regulations.
There are plenty of places to come ice skating once the temperature hits a certain point and allows the waters to freeze over. Check the conditions to be sure the ice is thick enough, pack the hot chocolate, and practice that triple axel.
There are lots of trails that are perfect for cross country skiing here in the winter time. The best time to come is right after a good snowfall, but be sure to still check weather conditions. Each trail and its conditions are different, but the trails on the north and east sides of the park are usually in a little better shape.