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Cabins, RV Sites and Glamping in the Pikes Peak Region

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Cabins, RV Sites and Glamping in the Pikes Peak Region

Wondering where to stay in Colorado Springs or other parts of the Pikes Peak region that isn’t a hotel or a primitive forest campsite? We totally get that. Not everyone is stoked about cramming into a hotel room, nor keen about sleeping in a tent in the dirt. For those who love that, we’ve got help for you here and there. For everyone else, the folks who want a more outdoorsy experience without the full sacrifice of civilization, we’d like to introduce you to our list of four excellent destinations for RVs, glamping, cabins and comfortable tent camping. 

Glamping near the Gorge with Royal Gorge Cabins

echo canyon glamping tent

Glamping is growing in popularity as more travelers seek new ways to combine their passion for the great outdoors with an appreciation for the amenities that make indoor life so comfortable. Royal Gorge Cabins has a pretty decadent idea of what constitutes an amenity, so if you’re looking for luxury this may be your next accommodation destination. 

Let’s start with the cabins. Located right across the street from Echo Canyon River Expeditions, Royal Gorge Cabins has nine gorgeous cabins each with stunning Mountain View’s you can ogle through immense floor-to-ceiling windows from the comfort of your living room. There’s a gas fireplace for cooler evenings, multiple flatscreen televisions and your own private patio. You can cook up fresh meals daily in the kitchenette or pay a visit to the 8-Mile Bar and Grill across the way. Because the location is just an hour from Colorado Springs, you can also take your pick of dining options with an easy car ride north. Once you get back from a day of fun in Southern Colorado (don’t miss the Royal Gorge; there’s a reason there are cabins named after it), snuggle up in a king size bed or chill out next to the outdoor fireplace.

Or … why not give tent camping a try. We don’t mean the traditional stakes in the ground, sleeping bag on the ground camping. We’re talking an all out glamping vacation. The Royal Gorge glampsites are nearly as lovely as the cabins with a few differences. The walls are canvas, for one, and you will have a community shower house. The latter, however, is nothing like you’d expect from a traditional campsite. It’s super clean and welcoming and about as far from rustic as you can get while still camping out. The tents are built on decks and you get a real queen bed. There are places to charge your electronics, a private fire pit (they give you a campfire kit) and, best of all, AC and heat. Let’s hear it for climate control! Like the cabins, the tents are close to great dining options and just an hour from Colorado Springs. Is it any wonder they brag themselves up as a basecamp for adventure?

Fly High in SoCo at Golden Eagle Campground

Golden Eagle Campground

If you like your accommodations more camplike, Golden Eagle Campground has RV sites situated just south of Colorado Springs. Owned by the May family (of Bug Museum fame), this campground has been a trusted hub for adventurers visiting the Pikes Peak region for decades. The RV sites have options for water and electrical hookups or full hookups and options for extended stays up to 30 days. It has a real neighborhood feel, with lots of opportunities to socialize with your fellow guests from all over North America and even other parts of the world. It’s the RV campground experience you expect — and love.

Let’s talk amenities, because those can make or break your decision to stay. Location wise, you can’t beat Golden Eagle. It’s about 20 minutes outside of the city of Colorado Springs and about 40 minutes from the Royal Gorge and white water rafting with Echo Canyon. The campground itself is also a really fun place to be. It has miles of hiking trails, a fishing pond, playground and multiple pavilions. You don’t even need a license to fish in their pond! You can get a discount to the May Museum of Natural History, one of the world’s largest private insect collections. That makes Golden Eagle a bit of a destination within a destination. Best of all, your stay supports a historic, family-owned business!

Centrally Located and Fully Loaded: Garden of the Gods RV Resort

Garden of the Gods RV Resort is the destination to be if you like to live in the thick of all the action in the Pikes Peak region. Situated between charming Manitou Springs and historic Old Colorado City, it’s the gateway to all the fun to be had in Colorado Springs. It’s also the campground with the most accommodation options, with tent sites, bunkhouses, cottages and suites. That means whatever you fancy when it comes to slumber and leisure, this location has it. 

The cottages are tiny homes with kitchens and multiple beds. They are, without exaggeration, extremely adorable. And despite that “tiny” descriptor, they feel pretty roomy, especially with your deck. The RV sites have picnic tables and multiple options for hookups depending on your budget. The tent sites range from primitive to deluxe with a covered picnic table and access to all camp amenities. 

About those amenities … there are two pools, a dog park, an arcade and wifi. But we happen to think the greatest amenity is its distance from key attractions. You are right next to the Midland Trail, which takes you to Manitou Springs or all the way to Downtown Colorado Springs whether walking or biking. Don’t worry if you don’t have a bike, PikeRides are e-assist bikes you can rent and they are located close by. Across Highway 24, you can hike and explore Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Of course, you can always just stroll around Old Colorado City and shop and dine to your heart’s content or visit the Garden of the Gods. West of the resort you’ll find Pikes Peak, Santa’s Workshop, Cave of the Winds, the Cliff Dwellings and the road to Cripple Creek. 

Wilderness with a Little Less Wild: Lone Duck Campground

We’ve taken you south and taken you central; now, let’s head west like the pioneers and miners of old. Lone Duck Campground is located west of Colorado Springs on Highway 24 as you head 

toward Green Mountain Falls. In fact, it’s just past the gate to the Pikes Peak Highway. Lone Duck specializes in family-centered camping. It has a quiet, friendly atmosphere designed to emphasize the peace and tranquility camping is supposed to inspire. Guest rave about the cleanliness of the grounds, the kindness of the staff and the orderly nature of daily operations. 

Lone Duck has options for tent, RV and cabin accommodations, all of which are situated in the beauty of the forest. The heavy tree cover gives you a real sense of privacy and an immersion in the natural scenery that draws millions to the Pikes Peak region every year. The RV spots have multiple hook-up options and the option to select a pull-through site. That’s a must when you’ve got a rascally trailer! Cabins have a microwave and fridge, but you will need to bring your own bedding. The tent sites are standard pads that offer nice, level ground that won’t make you feel like you’re sleeping upside down. All accommodations have a campfire pit and a picnic table, with access to clean, hot showers and toilets.

The property itself has a heated pool, a fishing pond, a playground and a game room. There’s even a coin laundry room you can use to wash all of your clothes before you head back home so all you have to do is unpack. Pets are welcome for a small fee, so feel free to bring your four-footed besties along on the journey. Lone Duck’s location is even closer to Pikes Peak than the others shared here and it’s an easy head start on visiting Cripple Creek, Eleven Mile State Park, or Rampart Reservoir. It’s the most woodsy of all the accommodations, so hang your hat there if you love the trees.

We don’t care how you stay in the Pikes Peak region, we just care that you’re here! Glampers, rugged tent campers, cabin dwellers and RV captains are all always welcome here. Hope to see you by the fire one of these nights!

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