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6 Top Campgrounds in Manitou Springs, CO

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There are tons of lodging options in and near Manitou Springs, CO.  There are chain hotels, a unique family-owned and operated motels, historic cabins, vacation rentals, and campgrounds.  Most of the campgrounds in Manitou Springs are RV parks.  There are a few opportunities to pitch a tent in town, but they are few.

Many of the campgrounds are right in the city.  A few of them have a more rural vibe, but if you really want to get out into the mountains and camp, it would be best to look near Woodland Park, CO.  There are many campgrounds in Pike National Forest and Mueller State Park is a great option as well.  If you want to camp as close to Manitou Springs as possible, here are the six top campgrounds in and near Manitou Springs, CO

Pikes Peak RV Park

Pikes Peak RV Park

Pikes Peak RV Park is potentially the best campground in the city of Manitou Springs. They offer many helpful facilities and their staff is very accommodating too. They are open year-round and is near the very popular Garden of the Gods.

Located right in Manitou Springs on Manitou Ave., this is your best bet to camp in the city.  It is only a 15-minute walk to downtown Manitou Springs.  The campground is situated right on Fountain Creek and also has a walking trail on the backside of the park where it is a little quieter.  There are 25 sites in the back of the park near the trail and 22 sites near the creek.

There are also 15 sites in the middle of the park.  There are pictures on their website that show each numbered space.  Take a look before booking your reservation so that you will know exactly what you are getting.  There are 30 AMP And 50 AMP sites, some that can accommodate slides and some that cannot.  There are also eight tent sites right on the creek.

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The staff is friendly and helpful and there are clean restrooms and showers for all to use.  Laundry facilities are also available.  Since this campground is right in the city, know that there is little grass, it is mostly gravel.  The camping spaces are also very close together.   Yet, if you want to park your RV in a convenient location, this is a good option.  You can get to everything in Manitou Springs very quickly and Garden of the Gods and other attractions are not far either.  Pikes Peak RV Park is open year-round.

Crystal Kangaroo Campground

Crystal Kangaroo Campground

Crystal Kangaroo Campground is a good place for guests looking to enjoy the quiet atmosphere with nice views, but it is a couple of miles away from downtown Manitou Springs.

Located off of Crystal Park Road, the Crystal Kangaroo Campground will get you a bit out of town, but it is still only about two miles to downtown Manitou Springs.  There is not much near this campground, although the Crystal Park Cantina is less than a mile away.  Besides that, it is just open space and residential areas.  This campground is for RVs only and most of the spaces are taken up by full-time residents.  There are usually some spaces available to those passing through.

There are 32 RV sites available, 10 of which have 50 AMP service.  The 50 AMP sites are pull-through and can accommodate large rigs.  There are pet restrictions, so be sure to call ahead to make arrangements.  Enjoy a quiet atmosphere here with nice views, just not many bells and whistles.

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Goldfield RV Park

Goldfield RV Park

Goldfield RV Park offers a variety of amenities and equipment needed by campers. They also offer WiFi and Direct TV, along with private showers, and laundry area.

Goldfield RV Park is situated on 26th Street in Colorado Springs but is very close to Manitou Springs.  Choose from a variety of sites, including those for RV’s, tents, and cabins to meet your needs.  The rates are affordable and there are many amenities here.  Take advantage of WiFi, Direct TV, a laundry facility, a dump station, private showers with dressing rooms, and a DVD library.

There are nine pull-through sites and all RV sites are full service.  Nightly rates start at $27 for a tent, $34 for an economy RV site up to 25 feet, and $40 for a cabin.  All rates include two people, anyone beyond that will be an additional charge.  Reservations are recommended and rates are available for nightly, weekly, and monthly stays. Pets are welcome, just keep dogs on a leash and pick up after them.

Goldfield RV Park is a family-owned and operated business.  It has been passed down through three generations.  The location is really great, but since it is located right in the city, the sites are close together and there is less of a natural vibe than if you were up in the mountains.  The park asks that reservations are made over the phone and it is open year-round.

Garden of the Gods RV Resort

Garden of the Gods RV Resort

Garden of the Gods RV Resort is one of the most popular places in the city of Manitou Springs. They offer deluxe, premium and garden sites and suites accommodation and have many amenities such as a playground, fire ring areas, horseshoe pits, game room, and arcade along with two-headed swimming pools.

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Located on Colorado Ave., a short distance from the sign welcoming everyone to Manitou Springs, Garden of the Gods RV resort is another urban camping option, but is more wooded than others.  This is a large campground and has a park-like setting.  Available accommodations include standard sites, deluxe sites, premium sites, garden suites, escape cottages, executive pull-through sites, poolside back-ins, garden studios, resort cottages, bunkhouses, and tent sites.

There is also a bark park, playground, fire ring areas, horseshoe pits, free WiFi, a game room and arcade, and two-headed swimming pools.  Guests will find clean restrooms, laundry facilities, and propane.

RV sites feature water, 30 or 50 AMP service, and a picnic table.  Some even include paved, level pads.  There are three categories of tent sites, choose from a primitive site with no water or electricity, a site with electricity only, or one with water and electricity.  All tent sites are close to the pool, laundry, and dog park.

This property also offers resort cottages that sleep two to four and have private bathrooms and a kitchen.  Bunkhouses are also available for a more basic option with beds but no linens, bathrooms, or kitchens.  Rates change with the season in this park that is open year-round.  Check out the website for pictures and to make a reservation.

Lone Duck Campground

Lone Duck Campground

The Lone Duck Campground is a popular choice for a family camp. It features amenities such as a heated swimming pool, a game room, a basketball court, and a common area.

Head up the pass a few miles and find more options that are in a mountain setting.  The Lone Duck Campground is only open seasonally, early May through September.  This property is located right off Highway 24 at 7600 feet in a small community called Cascade.  The property includes RV sites, tent sites, and cabins.  There are 10 full hooks up sites, 30 water and electric sites with either 30 AMP or 50 AMP service, and four 50 AMP pull-through sites.

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Each site includes a fire pit and picnic table.  There are lots of trees and shade to enjoy in the campground.  There are 22 tent sites with no hookups, but access to the 24-hour restrooms and all amenities of the park.  Each site does have a fire pit and picnic table.  Cabins are also available.  These include a small microwave and refrigerator, but no bedding, showers, or bathrooms.  Just as with all other sites, there is a fire pit and picnic table at each cabin.

The amenities available really set this campground apart.  If you are looking for a destination in which to spend quality family time, this is it.  There are a heated pool and splash pad, a privately stocked fish pond, a game room, basketball court, playground, and a common area.  Enjoy the pancake breakfast and find laundry facilities as well as a gift and convenience store.

Pets are also welcome for an additional fee per night.  Rates start at $38 for a tent site, $48 for a basic RV site, and $72 for cabins.  All rates are based on two people.  Additional pets, people, and vehicles are an additional charge.  Make reservations online or call to speak to someone.

Rocky Top Campground

Rocky Top Campground

Rocky Top Campground is surrounded by Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and Woodland Park. It is a very popular campground if you’re planning to do activities in the three cities.

Continue a few more miles up Highway 24 toward Woodland Park and get to Rocky Top Campground in Green Mountain Falls.  This is a great option if you are hoping to spend time in Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, and Woodland Park.  There are RV sites and tent sites as well as a motel on the property.  Find 30 AMP and 50 AMP full hook up service.  Enjoy the rural feel, the nice mountain views, and the crisp air.  Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire ring.  Tent sites also have charcoal grills.  Amenities include free WiFi, Satellite TV, available kitchenettes, a playground, rec room, laundry facilities, a country store, clean restrooms, and a group picnic area.  Quiet dogs are allowed and need to be kept on a leash at all times.  The stars are gorgeous here on a clear night.  Make some s’mores with the family in the fire pit and make memories gazing up at the sky.  Rocky Top takes reservations by phone or online.

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Marie has lived in the Colorado Springs area for the majority of her life.  She enjoys camping with her family and exploring the great outdoors.