State Forest State Park RV & Campground Guide

Colorado

Spanning more than 71,000 acres of pristine mountain and forest landscape in Northern Colorado, State Forest State Park is an adventurer’s playground where wild moose drink from crystal-clear lakes, brilliant wildflowers blanket alpine meadows, and dense green pines give way to snowcapped peaks. This is Colorado at its best—wild, rugged, and packed with year-round fun. In the summer, fish in clear lakes and hike or bike up to panoramic vistas; when the snow falls, break out the skis and snowshoes. If you prefer high-speed exploration, bring your four-wheeler or snowmobile. With four distinct seasons, this park offers year-round activities. The nearest town is Walden, about 23 miles away; Fort Collins sits 76 miles east.

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Weather
Spring 20-50 F
Summer 40-70 F
Fall 20-60 F
Winter 11-30 F
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Nearby Cities
Walden, CO
Fort Collins, CO
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RV Resorts & Campsites in State Forest State Park

Because of the mountainous location, the weather in State Forest State Park is cool and prone to rapid shifts. With an RV, you always have a comfortable place to rest no matter the conditions. Don’t own an RV? An RV rental is a no-commitment way to try out your dream model and find out how it can upgrade the camping experience.

State Forest State Park Campgrounds

There are five developed State Forest State Park campgrounds. For RVs, the best options are the electric sites at Ranger Lakes or the pull-through sites at North Michigan, Bockman, and North Park. If you want a secluded spot, check out the primitive sites that are scattered throughout the park. Developed campgrounds in State Forest State Park offer picnic tables, fire rings, and vault toilets; North Park offers flush toilets, showers, and a laundromat. For the best mountain views, check out Bockman, and for fast boat-ramp access, book a site at North Michigan. Want to experience the park in the winter? Sites 201, 202, and 205 in the North Michigan Reservoir spillway are plowed year-round. Primitive sites are $18 per night, basic sites are $28, and sites with electric hookups cost $36 per night.

Pines Campground

Located less than 10 miles from State Forest State Park, Pines Campground is a convenient base camp. With just 11 campsites, it offers a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. The Michigan River’s South Fork flows nearby, offering opportunities for hiking and fishing. Each site comes with access to drinking water, garbage bins, and vault toilets. All sites are first-come, first-served, and pets are welcome. Keep in mind that this spot is located at 9,200 feet above sea level; be prepared for the effects of the elevation.

Sentinel Mountain RV and Quick Stop

If you want a campsite with full hookups, Sentinel Mountain RV and Quick Stop is one of the most convenient options near State Forest State Park. It’s located about 42 miles north near the Wyoming border. With beautiful panoramic views and impeccable grounds, it makes a lovely stop for a night or a week. Each of the 11 sites sits near the laundry room and shower house, and there’s a convenience store within a short walk. A playground keeps your little ones active, and pets are welcome. This is a particularly great option for winter camping; it’s easy to access in the snow, and it sits within a short drive of the trails at State Forest State Park. Rates start at $40 per night with great discounts for weekly stays.

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State Forest State Park

Inside State Forest State Park

State Forest State Park offers a variety of ways to explore the mountains. A massive network of trails is open to hikers, bikers, and equestrians; if you have an OHV, check out the roads and trails open to motorized vehicles. The North Michigan Reservoir is open to boating, and fishing is popular in the park’s rivers and streams. Winter brings a new set of adventures; go snowmobiling on 70 miles of groomed trails, try ice fishing on the lakes, bring the family sledding, or get out into the mountains on snowshoes or cross-country skis. One of the most popular activities in the park is wildlife-spotting—in fact, this is one of the best spots in Colorado to see moose.

Outside State Forest State Park

State Forest State Park might be located in a remote part of Colorado, but there’s plenty to keep you busy. The closest town is Walden; you’ll find a small selection of restaurants and shops here. The real draw, however, is the wilderness—many square miles of untouched mountains and forest await.

Restaurants

River Rock Cafe

Dine under rustic timber beams at this quaint restaurant, which is located in the Antlers Inn. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus are packed with diner favorites including pancakes, burgers, and hot sandwiches.

Type: American

Location: 460 Main St, Walden, CO 80480

Mansker Station Pub & Pizza

Built on the site of a historic frontier fort, this restaurant now serves delicious wood-fired pizza. The menu also includes a selection of hot and cold sandwiches. 

Type: Pizza

Location: 35151 CO-14, Walden, CO 80480

Moose Creek Cafe

Moose Creek Cafe serves a menu of simple comfort food, including burgers and sandwiches; it makes a great stop on your way into or out of State Forest State Park.

Type: American

Location: 508 Main St, Walden, CO 80480

The 10th Frame

Bowl a few frames while you enjoy your meal at this bowling-alley spot, which serves salads, sandwiches, and burgers.

Type: Pub

Location: 688 Main St, Walden, CO 80480

All Smoked up BBQ

Bring your appetite for a trip to this restaurant—with its menu packed with ribs, pork, chicken, and more, you’ll never leave hungry.

Type: BBQ

Location: 476 Main St, Walden, CO 80480

Shopping

North Park Anglers

Find everything you need to fish in the rivers, lakes, and streams of the Rockies at this small shop. Chat with the staff to get tips on the best local fishing spots.

Location: 524 Main St, Walden, CO 80480

Corkle's Mini Mart

Grab snacks and last-minute essentials at this convenience store.

Location: 597 Main St, Walden, CO 80480

North Park Super's

Stock up on all of the groceries you need for your RV at this mom and pop grocery store.

Location: 401 Cty. Rd. 42, Walden, CO 80480

Sightseeing

Medicine Bow Rail Trail

Ride a mountain bike or horse through the forest on this fantastic trail, which was once a railroad. Start at the Pelton Creek trailhead, which is about an hour north of State Forest State Park in Albany County, Wyoming. From there, you can do an out-and-back trip or explore the full 21-mile trail.

Location: Albany County, Wyoming

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy untouched Colorado wilderness at this spectacular refuge, which is a popular spot for wildlife photographers and birders. Hunting and fishing are also allowed in-season and with the appropriate licenses. Stop at the visitor center to get information about trails and to learn about the local area; it’s located about 21 miles northwest of the Moose Visitor Center in Jackson County.

Location: Jackson County, CO

Steamboat Springs

This legendary ski resort town lies about 75 miles from State Forest State Park, making it an easy daytrip. Go for the fantastic skiing in the winter; in the summer, hike the mountains or wander around the historic, Wild West-style downtown.

Location: Steamboat Springs, CO

Trail Rides

Go on a guided horseback ride through the Rocky Mountains with local Walden outfitters including Red Feather Outfitters. Open to riders of all skill levels, these rides are a great way to see the high-mountain scenery without the exertion of hiking.

Location: Walden, CO

Rocky Mountain National Park

Just 62 miles from State Forest State Park, this iconic spot is one of the best places to experience the Rockies in all their glory. Covering 415 square miles, this park offers scenic drives, hiking, biking, fishing, and a slew of ranger-led programs.

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How to Get to
State Forest State Park

There are several entrances to State Forest State Park; many visitors start their trip at the Moose Visitor Center on Highway 14. To get there, take Highway 14 east from Walden or west from the Fort Collins area. If you’re coming from the north, it’s possible to take County Road 10 from Woods Landing in Wyoming.

Entering State Forest State Park

State Forest State Park is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Per vehicle : $9

Individual : $4

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