Chief Hosa Campground

Chief Hosa campground opened in 1918 as “America’s first motor-camping area.” The campground spans 58 acres within the 2,400 acres of Denver’s Genesee Mountain Park, which is home to a city-owned bison herd and provides a unique opportunity to view these animals in a natural habitat.

The nearby historic Chief Hosa Lodge is available for event rentals.

Campground Reservations
RV and Campground facilities are open May 1 through the third week of September each year. Reservations for the 2021 season open at 8:00 a.m. on February 10. 

COVID-19 Operating Guidelines


Reservations and check-in:

  • Reservations can only be made online at  Online payment is strongly encouraged.  Cash payment at the campground can only be made with self-service envelopes.
  • Camping spaces will be limited to 17 RV sites and 17 tent sites (down from 24 of each type) to promote social distancing and limit the number of people in the campground.

Camping Amenities:

  • The bathroom and shower facility will be limited to four persons per side at any one time and masks will be required inside the facility.  The bathroom and shower facility will be cleaned twice daily.
  • The dish washing area will be limited to use by one site group at a time.
  • Lines for the shower, restrooms, and dish washing area must stay six feet apart.
  • If crowding in the campground occurs Park Rangers will make contacts to enforce social distancing requirements.
  • No fires are allowed in individual sites. The group fire ring will not be utilized.
  • Campers who do not abide by social distance requirements or other COVID-19 related requirements may have their camping permit revoked and be evicted from the campground.

Additional Requirements for Campers:

  • Camp sites are limited to a maximum of 6 people.  Don’t invite visitors to your campsite, even for a few minutes.  Gatherings of more than 6 people will be asked to leave and may result in loss of your camping privileges.
  • It is strongly recommended that you camp and recreate only with members of your own household.
  • Campers must practice physical distancing of 6 feet or more when in common areas – such as restrooms, showers and utility service areas.
  • Campers must wear a mask when in or waiting in line to enter shared buildings such as restrooms (except to shower).
  • Campers are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when outside of their camp site.
  • It is strongly recommended that you wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with an alcohol content above 60% after each time you touch shared objects such as water service valves, restroom facilities and similar equipment.

Campsite Descriptions

RV Site Descriptions

Please review the RV site descriptions before submitting an online reservation request. 

NOTE: some RV and tent sites are closed to allow for physical distancing.

Camping Unit:

  • Option 1: one passenger vehicle and two tents if space allows; or
  • Option 2: one motorized vehicle towing a camping trailer and one tent if space allows.
 Site Type Max. RV Length  Amps Picnic Table Camping Units Allowed Utilities
 R2 CLOSED          
 R3 Back-in, large 35' 50 1 1 Full
R5 Pull-through 35' 30  1 1 Water/Electric
R6 Back-in, small 24' 30 1 1 Water/Electric
R7 CLOSED          
 R8 Back-in, small 27' 30  1 1 Water/Electric
R9 CLOSED          
 R10 Back-in, small 24'  30 1 1 Water/Electric
R11 Pull-through 35'  50 1 1 Water/Electric
R12 Pull-through 35'  50 1 1 Water/Electric
R13 Back-in, medium 32'  50  1  1  Water/Electric
 R14 Back-in, medium 32'  50  1 1 Water/Electric
 R15 Back-in, medium 32'  30  1 1 Water/Electric
 R16 Back-in, medium 35'  30  1 1 Water/Electric
 R17 CLOSED          
 R18 Back-in, medium 32'  30  1 1 Water/Electric
 R19  Pull-through 35'  50 1 1 Water/Electric
 R20  Pull-through 35'  50 1 Water/Electric
 R21 Back-in, medium 35'  30  1 1 Water/Electric
 R22 CLOSED          
 R23 Back-in, medium 32'  30  1 1 Water/Electric
 R24 Back-in, medium 32'  30 1 1 Water/Electric


Tent Site Descriptions

Please review tent site descriptions before submitting a reservation request online.

NOTE: some RV and tent sites are closed to allow for physical distancing.

Camping Unit:

  • Option 1: one passenger vehicle and two tents if space allows; or
  • Option 2: one motorized vehicle towing a camping trailer and one tent if space allows.
 Site Picnic Table  Camping Units Allowed


1 1
T2 1 1
T3 1 1
T4 1
T5 1 1
T6 1 1
T8  1 1
T9  1 1
T10  1 1
T11  1 1
T13  1 1
T15  1 1
T18 1 1
T19 1 1
T20   1 1
T21  1 1
 T23  1 1


More Information

Camping Fees & Terms

Site Type Nightly Rate
 RV with 30 amp service
(includes 2 parking passes)
 RV with sewer
(includes 2 parking passes)
 RV with 50 amp service
(includes 2 parking passes)
(includes 1 parking pass)


Miscellaneous Fees   
Extra vehicle $5 per night
Shower $.025 per two minutes
(4 minutes max.)
 Dump $23.00 per use
(in addition to nightly fee)
  • Taxes and charges: All prices listed above include sales tax and are subject to change without notice
  • Campers are responsible for cleanup, reasonable care of equipment and trash removal. Campers who fail to comply will be assessed a cleaning/repair fee of $75.00 per hour.

Reservation Terms

  • Online reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance
  • Please review site descriptions (above) to determine how much space is necessary for your RV or tent
  • $5.00 service charge issued for all cancellations
  • Service charge of one nightly rate issued for cancellations made within seven (7) days of reservation date
  • Must be 18 years old to make reservation
  • No refunds will be issued after reservation begins
  • Check-in time: 1:00 p.m. | Check-out time: 11:00 a.m.

Follow these steps to make your reservation:

1.) Review site descriptions to determine which types will meet your needs
2.) View campground map and select the site you'd like to reserve
3.) Log-in or create an account with our Online Service Center
4.) Follow on-screen instructions to complete your reservation

Need assistance? View online reservation instructions.




Campground Rules

A valid camping permit is required to camp overnight. All motor vehicles/trailers are required to display a parking pass. Exclusively towed vehicles/trailers will be given a pass at no charge.

Camping Units Allowed

  • Option 1: one passenger vehicle and two tents if space allows; or
  • Option 2: one motorized vehicle towing a camping trailer and one tent if space allows.

Check-out Time
11 :00 a.m. All camping permits must be renewed or sites and all personal belongings vacated by this time.

No campfires allowed.

Cooking Grills
No Charcoal/wood. Gas grills are allowed at individual campsites in approved containers. Please see camp hosts for a list of approved devices.

Littering, including cigarette butts, is unlawful and harmful to wildlife and the environment. Cigarettes, charcoal and all trash must be disposed of properly.

Tree Attachments
No hammock, clotheslines or anything attached to trees.

No dumping of grey water or black water. Leaky connections are strictly prohibited.

Speed Limit
Five (5) miles per hour throughout the campground.

Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash no longer than six (6) feet. Pets must be kept under control and cannot be left unattended. Dog waste must be promptly cleaned up and disposed of properly.

Payment is accepted by check, cash, Visa or MasterCard. Camping fees must be paid in advance.

Quiet Hours
Quiet hours are enforced every day from 10:00pm to 8am. Returned checks will be charged a $30.00 service fee. Generators and music must be turned off during these hours.

No hunting or shooting of any kind is allowed.

Weapons and fireworks of any kind are prohibited.

Vehicle Maintenance
No vehicle maintenance, repair or washing of RVs or vehicles is allowed within the campground. 

Parking is allowed in designated spaces or in campsite. All additional motor vehicles must park at overflow lots.

No glass bottles or containers are allowed within the campground at any time.

No liquor allowed.

Chief Hosa Campground is a public facility and the consumption, use, display, transfer, sale or growth of marijuana is prohibited.

Motorized Scooters
No motorized scooters or toy cars are allowed within the campground or any roadway or trail.

Length of Stay
Maximum length of stay allowed is 14 days within any 28-day period of time.

Tents are required to be placed on tent/RV pads. RVs and Trailers are not allowed in tent sites.

See pricing information above.

Additional vehicles are $5.00 per day, per vehicle.

Registered Campers 
Registered campers are responsible for all monetary costs, including legal fees incurred by Chief Hosa Campground as a result of unauthorized actions or failure to use appropriate precautions.

Office Hours 
As posted on-site. Campground open May through September.



  • Horseshoe pits
  • Basketball court and tetherball
  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain biking
  • Coin-operated showers
  • Dump station (for campers only; additional fees apply)
  • WiFi
  • [CLOSED]: Common area fire ring and BBQ, contact staff for info

There are NO laundry facilities or swimming pool available at the campground.

Genesee Park:

  • Picnic tables
  • Historic stone shelter
  • Access road to Genesee Mountain summit
  • Buffalo herd viewing areas

 Full city amenities are available nearby- groceries; restaurants; supplies; golf; movies; shopping; libraries and more.