Golden Gate Canyon State Park is 30 miles and about an one hour drive from downtown Denver, Colorado. The following map shows our camp site location (fire pit icon) and the campground registration office (hut with flag icon). Zooming out and switching to map mode will help you get directions. We came from Denver taking Golden Gate Canyon Road west and then took the steep, twisty, and beautiful Mountain Base Road to the campground office.
The Reverend’s Ridge campground is at the far northwest side of Golden Gate Canyon State Park. It is an amazing place to camp because the atmosphere is relaxing, the camp sites and admin office are first class, and there is an abundance of nearby trails (more on these in the future). Not too far way lies Panorama Point which provides spectacular views (see map and then pictures below).
As you can see in the following picture, the site easily holds two two-person tents. In addition, campground facilities include flush toilets, showers, free drinking water spout, trash dumpsters, recycling dumpsters, and laundry. However, our nearby bathroom did not include hand soap so be sure to bring your own.
If you have made it to the Reverends Ridge campground then it is really easy to visit Panorama Point (see trail map above). Its view to the north includes but is not limited to Barker Dam, Longs Peak, Mt. Meeker, Battle Mountain, Estes Cone, Twin Sisters, Mt. Albion, and Mt. Toll.
Its view to the west includes but is not limited to Rosalie Peak, Epaulet Mountain, Mt. Evans, Black Hawk, Mt. Spalding, Gray Wolf Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Paines Mountain.
Another place to visit inside the park is the Blue Grouse Trail.