Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Enter the backcountry escape of choice for many Denverites. Yes, the proximity to the metro area means crowds, but you should have no problem enjoying the unique wilderness kept by this park's 12,000 acres. Primitive camping is an option. Great explorations can be had on foot or bike through the rock-walled woods, where ponds are stocked for fishing. Along the Raccoon Trail's 2.5-mile loop, take in sweeping panoramas of the Continental Divide.
Details: 20 backcountry tent sites, with permit required from visitor center. Aspen Meadow campground has 35 tent sites. RVs in Reverend's Ridge, with 97 sites. Nightly fees: $12 for backcountry sites, $20 for tents, $26 for RVs. Park entrance $7. Cabins, yurts and a four-bedroom guest house also available. Make reservations by calling 1-800-678-2267 or 303-470-1144. More information at: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/GoldenGateCanyon/Pages/Camping.aspx