Despite the fact that our air mattress pump broke and we slept on the ground, Blue Mountain near Lake George is near and dear to my heart because it’s where I came up with the idea to start Outdoor Beginner. Plus, you can find a campsite easily on a summer weekend, even if you randomly decide after work on Friday that you feel like camping (guilty).
Highway 67 follows the South Platte River through the Pike National Forest. It’s a popular spot for tubing and fishing, and staying at the South Platte Campground gives you the perfect starting spot for both. If you’re looking for a campground with a lot of hiking, this ain’t it! But it’s a beautiful spot that’s also pretty peaceful considering you’re not far from a road.