Colorado's great outdoors attracted tourists long before legal cannabis did, but since recreational marijuana was legalized in this state, campers, hikers and bikers have connected the two for a different experience with nature.
Unfortunately, most of us are breaking the law when we toke up on the trail. Public cannabis consumption is illegal in Colorado, and national parks and forests (federal land) ban both cannabis consumption and possession. However, private campgrounds, cabin complexes and RV parks can be very 4/20-friendly.
Here are ten cannabis-welcoming camping spots and cabins in Colorado.
Boulder Adventure Lodge
91 Fourmile Canyon Drive, Boulder
Known as much for its outdoor activities as for its cannabis policy, Boulder Adventure Lodge is a pot-friendly cabin and camping area that also has a slackline park, nearby creek and regular group hikes, rock-climbing sessions and more. Each cabin comes with a vaporizer (no smoking indoors), and there are designated areas outside for smoking.
33040 Poudre Canyon Road, Bellvue
CanyonSide is another well-known camping area that allows cannabis use in and around its cabins, full-hookup RV area and campsites. The site is close to hiking, fishing and tubing opportunities, and just a short drive from Fort Collins breweries and dispensaries.
Wilderness Bud and Breakfast
11651 County Road 326, Pagosa Springs
Nestled in a high mountain valley and adjacent to the San Juan Wilderness Area and Continental Divide, Wilderness Bud and Breakfast is for campers only — but you can still sleep in style. On top of tent sites (you can bring your own or rent one for $20), the pot-friendly campground also offers tipis with single and double beds that come with tables and fire pans for an easier stay; reservations are made on Hipcamp
30261 County Road H, Cortez
This camping and RV spot, located near the Four Corners, just opened for its second season of cannabis-friendly outdoor lodging. Hostel sleeping and private cabins range from $20 to $45 a night, while tent and vehicle camping sites, equipped with awnings for sun and rain protection, are also available.
Joyful Journey Hot Springs
28640 Coutny Road 58 EE, Moffat
Nestled next to mineral hot springs in the San Luis Valley, Joyful Journey boasts a wellness spa, indoor lodging, RV sites, yurts, tipis and open campgrounds, and features weekly activities such as fitness and art classes. Guests are openly allowed to toke up at Joyful Journey, as long as it's done in the designated smoking pavilion (and nowhere else).