My sister and I enjoy tent camping. We think it keeps us young! Although, after pitching the tent and rolling out the sleeping bags and doing all the other setup necessary, we usually realize we are not as young as we thought we were. Still, having a camping adventure keeps us young and brings back memories of camping with our parents.
One of the best vacation camping trips my sister and I ever took was at Castle Lakes Campground, near Lake City, CO. Castle Lakes has tent camping sites, RV camping sites and cabins for rent. Unlike some private campgrounds, the tent sites are located far enough away from the RV sites that a person doesn’t notice the generator noise associated with RVs. I often wondered why someone would want to bring all the noise of an RV to a peaceful camping area. Of course, after setting up a tent camping site, I could kind of understand.
Getting out and getting a bit dirty is good for the soul. There’s nothing quite so invigorating as sleeping on the ground in sleeping bags with the stars overhead. It also reminds you that there are muscles you should use more often and things more important than the daily grind. About the second or maybe third day of kicking back and enjoying the view (and letting our muscles recover), we sometimes go fishing, or hiking, or maybe even driving around the area to see what we can see. On one of our exploration trips we drove as far as the road would take us toward the headwaters of the Rio Grande River. If we’d had horses with us, we could have gone farther inland.
Castle Lake Campground is located 9200 feet above sea level. It is surrounded by a peaceful pine forest and has two beautiful, crystal clear lakes. Our camping site was located about 40 feet from the shore of one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve every seen. Our tent was nestled beneath the overhang of tall pines and lower growing vegetation, yet we were within easy walking distance to the lodge, toilets and showers. Yes, we like to get a little dirty, but we also like to get clean!
Since I haven’t been RV camping, I can only guess, but I believe the tent sites are located closer to the lake and have a better view than the area where the RVs are located.
My sister and I camped at Castle Lake for about a week, between June and July. July 3rd saw us heading into the lodge with our laptop computer to enjoy the nice toasty fireplace. When we woke up that morning in our snuggly sleeping bags and tent, we found about three inches of snow on the ground with more on the way. The silence of the gently falling snow was soothing, and yet, since we hadn’t brought snow shoes with us, we decided to spend the day in the lodge working on our genealogy. We got a lot accomplished. The next day, July 4th, with snow still on the ground, we went into Lake City to enjoy the fireworks display.
As far as a great place to camp, with a lot of things to do, Castle Lake Campground is one of the best camping experiences my sister and I have had.