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Fall River Reservoir has free tenting with out reservations in Colorado

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Fall River Reservoir with Alayna’s dogs Ralfie (left) and Rocco. Photo: Alayna Alvarez/Axios

I have a secret I want to share with you.

  • An old friend recently referred me to a campground on the Fall River Reservoir near Idaho Springs and Georgetown that I was planning to visit with my fiancé and the puppies for the weekend.

Why it matters: It’s getting harder and harder to camp in Colorado without a reservation, especially in a place that offers prime mountain views and plenty of privacy just an hour from Denver.

  • This area not only offers numerous campgrounds – many of which are located alongside the fast-flowing Fall River – but also a beautiful lake perfect for kayaking and relaxing with a beer. And all this for free, without prior booking.

Details: Fall River Reservoir sits on state public forest, meaning scattered camping is permitted at no charge with a few exceptions.

  • The location also allows for bicycling, off-highway vehicle driving, and RVs.

Remarkable: When visiting, be sure to check out the 1-mile dog-friendly reservoir loop trail, a popular trail for bird watching, hiking, and fishing.

Be smart: After turning left onto Rainbow Road, be prepared for it to get rough and super rocky the further you go.

  • Make sure you’re traveling in a four-wheel drive vehicle with high ground clearance, and pack a solid spare tire just in case.

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