Friday, May 23, 2008

Peaceful Valley, Colorado

This weekend we stayed close to home and camped just outside of Peaceful Valley, CO, at Camp Dick Campground over Memorial Day weekend. This is a National Forest campground at 8650' in elevation with limited amenities and no individual power, water, or sewer hookups.
However, the campground offers water spigots and vault toilets. Area activities include hiking, fishing in the St. Vrain River which runs alongside the campground, and sightseeing along the scenic peak-to-peak highway.

This is a very nice, secluded campground with a variety of well spaced sites, and some are relatively private and out of the way which I personally really enjoy. The solitude of a quiet campsite in the mountains is such a nice change of pace and a great escape from a busy and hectic work week. We were lucky and found an open site that was in the trees at the end of the road and right next to a babbling stream and small pond that provided many wildlife viewing opportunities.

Hot showers can be found just 15 minutes away at Meeker Park Lodge during the summer season, and food and camping supplies can be obtained at either Estes Park (40 min.) or Nederland (25 minutes).