Gilpin County Community Center

Parks & Recreation

2020 Gilpin County Backyard Campout!

While Gilpin County and the State of Colorado have begun a phased reopening, it is still recommended to recreate within 10 miles of your home. That is why we are inviting those who want a little adventure right in there backyard or who are unable to safely leave home to join us for our Gilpin County Backyard Campout. Set up your campsite with your family and friends and share your love of the outdoors together.

Join us on June 20th at 6PM for a kick-off camp sing-along! Recorded Video Here

After the kick-off, make sure to check out this page as we have partnered with local businesses and organizations to provide you with some entertainment options to participate in during your campout that you can find below.

Photo Contest

Sponsored by Base Camp

Base Camp has offered to donate a $50 gift card to one random winner who participates in our photo contest. All you have to do is share your backyard camping set up with us on social media on our Gilpin County Backyard Facebook Event Page or Instagram.

How to enter:

  1. Post Your Backyard Campout Photos on our FaceBook Page! or Instagram with #GilpinCountyBackyardCampout
  2. Photos must be posted by 11:59PM Sunday, June 21 to be eligible
  3. One winner will be chosen at random
  4. The winner will be announced via DM on Monday, June 22
  5. The prize will be shipped directly to the winner

How to Set Up Your Campsite

Join our sponsor, Base Camp, as they show you how to set up your campsite.

Campfire Safety Stage 1 Fire Ban

Gilpin Sheriff's Department

Campfire Safety Video

Learn how to safely put out your campfire with Timberline Fire and Gilpin County Emergency Management.

Bear Aware

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Learn how to be prepared in Bear Country with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Campfire Coffee

Salto Coffee Works

Learn how to make coffee while camping with an insulated mug, hot water, and portable coffee filter holder with Salto Coffee Works.

Camping Games and Recipes

Gilpin County Parks and Recreation

Join Gilpin County Parks and Recreation staff as they show you their favorite camping recipes and provide you with fun family-friendly games to play while camping with your family.

Beer Trivia

Very Nice Brewing  Answers

Test your Beer knowledge with Very Nice Brewing Company's trivia.

Nature Crafts

Gilpin Library

Use objects right from your backyard to spark some creativity with craft projects provided by the Gilpin County Library.

1.) Pine Cone Bird Feeder 

2.) Owl Crafts

Sense-ational Summer Scavenger Hunt

CSU Extension

Test your touch, sight, and sense of smell with CSU’s Sense-ational Scavenger Hunt.

Camping Cocktails
Gold Dirt Distillery

Gold Dirt Distillery has three awesome cocktail recipes that will be sure to warm you up around the campfire: The Mule Dear, High Mountain Negroni, and an Old-Fashioned.

Spooky Story

Commissioner Ron Engles