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    Camping IconJefferson County Open Space offers semi-primitive, tent-only, walk-in camping by permit at White Ranch Park (northwest of Golden) and Reynolds Park (southeast of Conifer). Camping in these two parks is semi-primitive—no vehicles, trailers or RVs. If that doesn’t suit you, there are other camping opportunities within Jefferson County. See more information at the bottom of this page.

    See our camping checklist View document in PDF format. of the things you should be sure to bring on your trip. Please call the camping hotline at 303-271-5948 for more information.

    Camping Permits

    Camping permits (advance or on-site) are free and valid for a maximum stay of up to three consecutive nights. Campground stays are limited to no more than a total of 12 nights within a 30-day period. Permits cannot be obtained online; see instructions below.

    Advance Camping Permits

    Advance permits are recommended for holiday weekends or for groups such as scouts and clubs. These permits can be obtained up to three months before arrival; however, advance permits cannot be obtained less than three days before you begin camping.

    • Example: an advance permit will be issued on Tuesday, but not Wednesday, for a campground stay beginning on Friday.
    • Advance permits are available at the Open Space administrative offices, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, Golden, CO 80401, during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., excluding most holidays).

    On-site Camping Permits

    Jefferson County Open Space offers walk-in, tent campers the option of obtaining a camping permit at White Ranch or Reynolds parks upon arriving at the trailhead.

    • These no fee, on-site permits are first-come, first-served, and are valid up to three consecutive nights, space permitting. Campground stays are limited to no more than a total of 12 nights within a 30-day period. Instructions on how to obtain an on-site permit are posted on the camping kiosks. The permit is for the day the campsite is needed upon arrival, not for following days. 



    Last Updated: 6-25-2013