Scouting Report – (CO-2): Camp Rock

Free camping close to Denver

Free Camping close to Denver

When you are talking about free camping close to Denver it is natural to assume there are plenty of available sites. After all the homes are well spaced and certainly fewer in number than in the city. All this combined with the presence of pay campsites on National Forest land would lead you to believe there is free camping with fewer amenities close by. While this theory is certainly more accurate of the back country, it does not always apply near big cities. Certainly there is an abundance of great places to camp near Denver, but keep in mind that most of them are going to require a $10 – $30 fee per night. We hope that with the guidebooks on this site along with these posts you can easily find more affordable options.

Camp Rock Campground:

Camp Rock Campground Information

Phone Number: (303) 567-4382

Elevation: 9,000

Lat/Long: 39.613655, -105.534348

Nearby Town: Evergreen, Co. @ 15 miles


  • Free Camping
  • No water
  • No trash
  • Vault toilets

Mount Evans State Wildlife Area

A mandatory free self issuing permit required when hiking into the Mount Evans Wilderness Area.

Date of Report:


Road Conditions:


The road leading to the campsite is well maintained packed dirt with gravel, Mount Evans State wildlife area camping location is located at the beginning of this road which is a little steep in places. Fortunately this road can easily be traveled by normal passenger car providing there are no extreme weather events that would normally impact driving conditions.  

Note: It is always the operators responsibility to gauge current road conditions and the vehicle’s ability to handle the current terrain and conditions. The author of this content cannot and will not take responsibility for the users actions. The presented content is a guide only the user assumes all responsibility for their actions.

Check local forecasts prior to your visit.

General Site Information:

If you are looking for Free Camping close to Denver, this is one of the best sites. There are about ½ a dozen sites available clustered near the parking lot at this campground, which is fairly flat on the campground side with a slight incline on the trail parking side. All of the campsites are within sight of the parking area, and are situated under a thick pine and aspen canopy that offers good shade, with a lush green forest undergrowth.  There are several trails that start from this parking area so there is generally a lot of traffic in and out of the area during the day time. Due to the close proximity to Denver this is a very popular spot overall. That being said there is a high possibility that all campsites may be taken during peak times. Finally there is one handicap accessible site available at the beginning of the campground.  

In the event this campground is full you may find a free campsite at the Mount Evans State Wildlife area which is located at the beginning of the road that leads to the Camp Rock campground. A couple sites are also positioned along the road leading down to Camp Rock. Be mindful of the signs on the road side that will let you know if camping is allowed at each pull off along the way. 

Nearby Activities or Attractions:

  • Evergreen
  • Evergreen Lake
  • Hiking at nearby:
  • Alderfer/Three Sisters Park
  • Elk Meadows Park
  • Dedisse Park
  • Bergen Peak Wildlife Area

 Great hiking trails wander into the Mount Evans Wilderness area from the campground but a free permit required. There is a self issuing permit station in the parking lot of the campground. The Mount Evans Wilderness area is a very beautiful area to hike that is close to the Denver area, and yet still isolated from modern convinces. Because of this there are often times when cellular service will not be available. As always when you are hiking in the back country it is wise to hike with a partner and or let someone else know where you are hiking and when you plan to return from your trip.

Available Hikes:

  • Beaver Meadows Trail #44 – (10.8 miles)
  • Bear Tracks Trail

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