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Chief Hosa Campground

Chief Hosa Campground RV

At an altitude of 7,700 feet, Chief Hosa campground opened in 1918 as “America’s first motor-camping area.” The campground spans 58 acres within the 2,400 acres of the City 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 historic Chief Hosa lodge, built in 1918, is available for event rentals and provides beautiful mountain views of the Continental Divide to the west; Pike’s Peak to the south; Long’s Peak to the north; and plains to the east.


Campground Reservations

RV and Campground facilities are open May 1 through the third week of September each year.


COVID-19 Reopening 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 COVID-19 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.

Site Descriptions

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

NOTE: some RV and tent sites will be closed throughout the 2020 season to allow for physical distancing.

  Site Type   Max RV Length Picnic Table Camping Units Allowed Utilities
  R2 CLOSED                        
  R3 Back in Large      35'         1         1 Full
  R5 Pull through      35'         1         1 Water/Electric
  R6 Back in Small      24'         1         1 Water/Electric
  R7 CLOSED                     
  R8 Back in Small      27'         1         1 Water/Electric
  R9 CLOSED                        
  R10 Back in Small      24'           1         1 Water/Electric
  R11 Pull through      35'         1         1 Water/Electric
  R12 Pull through      35'         1         1 Water/Electric
  R13 Back in  Medium      32'         1         1 Water/Electric
  R14 Back in  Medium       32'         1         1 Water/Electric
  R15 Back in  Medium      32'         1         1 Water/Electric
  R16 Back in  Medium      35'         1         1 Water/Electric
R17 CLOSED                        
R18 Back in  Medium      32'         1         1 Water/Electric
R19 Pull through      35'         1         1 Water/Electric
R20 Pull through      35'         1         1 Water/Electric
R21 Back in  Medium      35'         1         1 Water/Electric
R22 CLOSED                        
R23 Back in  Medium      32'         1         1 Water/Electric
R24 Back in  Medium      32'         1         1 Water/Electric


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

NOTE: some RV and tent sites will be closed throughout the 2020 season to allow for physical distancing.

Site Parking Size Tent Pad Picnic Table Parking Spaces
T1 20'x20" 10'x15' 1 2
T2 20'x20" 10'x15' 1 2
T3 10'x20' 10'x15' 1 1
T4 15'x20" 10'x15' 1 2
T5 18'x20" 10'x15' 1 1
T6 10'x20' 10'x15' 1 1
T7 CLOSED      
T8 10'x20' 10'x14' 1 1
T9 20'x20' 10'x15' 1 2
T10 10'x20' 10'x14' 1 1
T11 20'x20' 10'x14' 1 1
T12 CLOSED      
T13 10'x20' 10'x15' 1 1
T14 CLOSED      
T15 10'x20' 10'x14' 1 1
T16 CLOSED      
T17 CLOSED      
T18 Shared 10'x14' 1 1
T19 20'x20' 10'x14' 1 2
T20 10'x20' 10'x14' 1 1
T21 18'x20' 10'x14' 1 1
T22 CLOSED      
T23 10'x20' 10'x14' 1 1
T24 CLOSED      

More Information

Check-in: 1:00PM
Check-out: 11:00AM

IMPORTANT: Please review site descriptions (linked below) to determine how much space is necessary for your RV or tent.

Sites descriptions*:

24 RV sites available (maximum allowed length of RV varies)
24 Tent sites available (1-2 tents and cars allowed)
*Please note that some RV and tent sites will be closed throughout the 2020 season to allow for physical distancing.

Max power available 30 amp (limited 50 amp sites)

View and select camp site locations

Book Online Now:

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.

Reservation Terms

  • Online reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance
  • $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

Chief Hosa Camping Fees     
RVs with 30 Amp Service   $30.00  
RVs with Sewer     $32.50  
RVs with 50 Amp Service   $32.50  
Tents       $23.00  
Miscellaneous Fees        
  Dump/ times used   (In addition to nightly fee) $23.00  
  Extra Vehicle/night   $5.00  
  Shower (max. 4 minutes) $0.25 per 2 minutes  


  • 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.


Chief Hosa Campground: Rules and Regulations

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.

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. Grills are not allowed on picnic tables.

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.


27661 Genesee Drive
Golden, CO 80401

20 miles west of Denver, off I-70 exit 253

Latitude: 39.4239.36N
Longitude: -105.1853.20W