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Very nice campground, friendly staff, clean facilities. The site we got had our door facing another camper's door and our picnic tables were next to eachother, so we didn't spend much time hanging out outside. Their store sells pizza and wings and is stocked with many essentials. The Sunday we were there they had $3 all you can eat pancakes for breakfast.
Forest, stream, trails, wildlife, mountain views, cool air. It was great.
The dirt road in is pretty well marked and not bad to drive on.
First come, first serve and not a ton of spaces. That said, on a Wednesday in September we got there at 3:00 and about half the spots were available. We had a great site beside the (empty) host site. It backed up right to a stream.
My kid was bummed about no internet until he found the creek. Then it was all hopping and exploring.
By 10:00 P.M. it seemed most of the spots were filled.
Don't let the amount of traffic coming out the road and you drive in discourage you. The day use trailhead gets a lot of traffic.
Clean vault toilets. Picnic tables. Water pump (non-potable). Fire rings, though burn ban was in effect.
I'll add several pics to show empty sites, but keep in mind most of the better shadier ones were already claimed (and I didnt want to take pics of others).
Would definitely return - despite no AT&T or Verizon service.
I noticed on here that it says there's water hookups and electric and Sewer excetera however this is dispersed camping and does not have any type of amenities at all. if you go up to the Meadows or thunder ridge it is a pay campgrounds and they do not have electrical water are sewer but they do have restrooms if I am remembering correctly. It's been 15 years since I've been up there to camp. Now if you're talking about the dispersed camping this is where all the kids from Monument and the areas go up to party on the weekends and it can get pretty Rowdy from what I understand. It's a beautiful area up there I could have it that but you need to be careful and Camp away from the kids.
This place is absolutely wonderful, a lot of things to do there. This is no way a place to compare with Yogi Bear. Totally two different kind of places. Yogi is for kids and Colorado Heights is for everyone. It has mini golf, trails, game room, swimming pool, activities, dinners, monthly themes, movie nights etc… it's am absolutely wonderful place.
The dirt road to the camp is very bumpy and takes about 15-20 minutes to traverse. Once you get to the camp the roads are paved and a lot smoother. When you arrive you will be greeted with a beautiful campground. The camp host, Eric was awesome. He helped us out with getting directions, gave us advice with starting a fire, and he always waved hi and smiled when he drove by on his 4 wheeler. It was a scenic stay and not too far from civilization, perfect for new campers.
We wanted to spend time in Colorado and Manitou Springs, but not be in town overnight. This is just off a main road, but is far enough away to not hear the noise. The first night we were in site 197 and it was really close to other sites. The second night we moved to 482 and it was much better. We faced the hills and didn’t have any neighbors. If it is busy the sites would be close together.
The hook ups were okay. The black water hook up was old and didn’t screw in place; we had to place the metal plate over the top to keep it down and in place. Other campgrounds have nicer stub ups that are treaded.
WiFi was not reliable, but didn’t miss having the device for a couple days.
Staff was really nice and helpful.
Reservation only sites. Current price per night, $28 plus an additional $9 a day once you get there. You are literally camping along the highway here so it is loud. There is no shade, or water available and no trash service so you have to pack it all out. It doesn't appear to get much maintenance anymore. The positive - You can walk under the highway to the river and the Canyon is pretty.