Family camping spots in the Rocky Mountains you can't miss

May 9, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. ET
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Are you a mountain or a beach person? After a fun-filled family vacation at one of these camping destinations in the Rockies — where the air is crisp, the hiking is gorgeous and the weather stays cooler in the summer — you might just change your mind.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park
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The Pinyon Flats Campground at Great Sand Dunes National Park is an amazing place to spend a week or two camping with your family. Located near Mosca, Colorado, the park features sand dunes up to 750 feet tall -- the tallest in all of North America.

The area features 13,000-foot peaks, alpine lakes, ancient forests, tundra, lush wetlands and more. Kids love the Medano Creek for swimming and floating. Keep in mind that black bears frequent the area, so you'll need to store all your food in the bear-proof boxes provided.

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park
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If you love to hike, a trip to Glacier National Park is in order. Glacier National Park is situated in northwestern Montana, where the American and Canadian Rockies meet. With more than 700 miles of trails, the park features breathtaking scenery, picturesque forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains and glacier-fed lakes.

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Glacier National Park's Apgar Campground, located in a pine forest next to Lake McDonald, is perfect for those seeking both adventure and tranquility. The famous Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass opens each year beginning in June, so keep that in mind when planning your trip.

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