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Denver is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since it’s surrounded by spectacular outdoor recreation, has loads of interesting museums and cultural attractions, and an abundance of delicious restaurants. The only problem? Everyone wants a piece of Denver, and it’s getting a little crowded. The challenges that arise from this population increase have many residents and visitors longing for a more pastoral version of the Mile High City. Thankfully, that place still exists, and it’s only a short drive from the downtown core.
Out past the suburb of Littleton is Chatfield Campground, falling in the Goldilocks zone; it's not too close but not too far from bustling Denver. The vast majority of sites at this RV campground have full hookups, though a smaller set has just electrical if that’s what you’re looking for. Each of the sites also has a picnic table and a grill, along with a nice grassy area to lounge in. Chatfield Lake is within walking distance if you feel like going for a swim too. In the communal areas of this Littleton campground, you’ll find clean bathrooms, showers, and laundry facilities for washing your clothes. There’s also a dump station if you need to empty the tanks on your RV rental.
Camping with an RV in a state park is rarely about luxurious amenities – most visitors are coming to enjoy Chatfield Campground’s beautiful natural surroundings. The cool waters of Chatfield Lake are rather enticing on a hot summer day, and thankfully boat rentals are available at the Chatfield Marina if you aren’t bringing one of your own. There’s also a great swimming beach on the lake’s western shore, complete with powdery sands that are perfect for sandcastles or an afternoon with a good book. An extensive network of hiking trails encircles the lake too, and all of them are suitable for kids and hikers of all levels.
Perhaps the best part of camping at Chatfield Campground is its proximity to urban amenities. Sitting just south of Littleton and a little over a half-hour's from Denver, you’ll be close to Colorado’s best shopping and cultural attractions. Even if you’re a nature lover to your core, it’s always nice to know that the city is just beyond the trees.
Chatfield Campground sits at the southern end of the Denver metro and about five miles east of the Rocky Mountain Front, so there’s certainly no shortage of ways to enjoy nature when you’re RV camping here. Chatfield Lake is the easiest way to get outside, but there are also a few municipal golf courses in the area that are worth checking out.
While not exactly a short drive away, Rocky Mountain National Park offers some of the most spectacular hiking trails and scenic drives in the country, so it’d be worth it to consider a visit during your Denver motorhome camping adventure. One of the most popular hikes is Bear Lake Loop, which is only a mile long and has almost no elevation gain, but circles around a beautiful alpine lake. For the best views in the park, take a drive up Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved road in the country, topping out at over 12,000 feet.
Another great drive in the mountains is up Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs. You'll be in for a wild and scenic ride; the 14,000-foot peak is one of Colorado’s highest mountains and the partially-paved road to the top is one of the highest-elevation roads too.
The nearest town when you book an RV in Douglas County is Littleton, which offers good dining and shopping options, particularly at the Aspen Grove center. It wouldn’t be a visit to Colorado if you didn’t check out at least a few of the breweries in Littleton or the Denver area. No need to plan a trip though, just start driving down one of the main roads and you’re sure to find at least one.
If you’re bringing the kids along, there’s a good chance that they’ll enjoy the SeaQuest and the Littleton Museum. Both attractions are animal-focused, with the former being home to all kinds of exotic wildlife like stingrays and giant lizards, while the latter exhibits farm animals that tie together Colorado’s agricultural history. There’s also a jungle-themed amusement park containing an array of rope swings, rock climbing walls, and zip lines that are sure to help the little ones burn off their excess energy.
Littleton has a good selection of art galleries if you’re looking to browse or find an eye-pleasing travel souvenir. Many of the galleries focus on western art extolling the rugged beauty of cowboy life and the courage of early settlers. However, a few of them display more modern fare, created by the Denver region’s more recent transplants from California and the Pacific Northwest.