Fall River Reservoir has free Colorado camping without reservations
I have a secret to share with you.
- This area not only offers plentiful camping spots — many of which are next to the fast-flowing Fall River —but also boasts a beautiful lake perfect for kayaking and kicking back with a beer. And it's all free, with no need for advanced booking.
Details: Fall River Reservoir on national forest public lands, meaning dispersed camping is permitted at no cost, with a few exceptions.
- The site also allows bicycling, off-highway vehicle riding and RV campers.
Of note: If you go, be sure to check out the 1-mile dog-friendly loop around the reservoir, a popular trail for birding, hiking and fishing.
- For those looking for even more adventure, consider climbing several thirteeners nearby, including Parry Peak and Mount Bancroft.
Be smart: After turning left on Rainbow Road, be prepared for it to be rough and super rocky the farther you go.
- Make sure you're traveling in a four-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance, and pack a solid spare tire just in case.
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