Get a 2.5 hour string on a map and draw a half circle west from denver. Pick any spot in national forest land on a road.
Seriously there are just so so so many. There are a shitload of good spots 90 minutes or less. At 2.5 hours you get out to Leadville and there are just endless great spots on 285 (as Kill said) as it comes out of the valley and starts to paralell the mountains again. Turqoise Lake, The Arkansas River, Twin Lakes a bit norther by Alma kinda (some sick spots by Mt. Quandary). I've enjoyed some pretty fun spots just as near as Bailey (there is a kickass 3k vert training hike I do there that nobody is ever on cuz its just a hike, no named peak or anything).
If you require a better resource I suggest 14ers.com whether you are hiking them or not, the big mountains provide some of the best views, and the site is chock full of camping info. The caveat here is if you are on a weekend, they get crowded. The whole country and some of the other countries as well all like to go outdoors in Colorado on the weekends in the summer, period. Finding privacy on a weekend will come by luck and experience.
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Last edited by snowklinger; 06-05-2013 at 01:06 AM.