Hiking (with my dogs if allowed) and swimming are my favorite camping activities. I've been to Ridgway a couple of times, nice campground but a little hot during the summer months, not enough hiking trails, and a bit far for just a weekend. Steamboat's trails are mostly open so no protection from heat or weather (especially for the dogs), but I loved Pearl Lake and often stayed at Steamboat on the same trip for the swimming, electricity and dump station (and, of course, the fudge). Mueller and Golden Gate have two of the best trail systems of any Colorado State Park, although pets are not allowed on the trails at Mueller. Rifle Falls is special because of the falls, the caves and, before they blocked it off, wading through the tunnel along the creek. Although it's not a State Park, and has no hookups, this year I discovered Kenosha Pass campground, a small but beautiful NF campground situated right along the Colorado Trail, and not very far from home. I plan on returning next year. Sylvan Lake is also among my favorites. It has no hookups and not a lot of shade, but oh those night skies!
Gary Shapiro, 2011 Georgetown 29' Class A
Dash, Molly & Lily - now at the Bridge and forever in my heart
Shadow - 4-year-old Greyhound
Hannah - 1 1/2-year-old GSD rescue