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Penitentiary, Colorado

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360 Reviews of 57 Penitentiary, Colorado Campgrounds

Madison K.
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2021

Red and relaxing!

My husband, two friends, and I road tripped all the way from Indiana to camp at Red Canyon Park. The views were so beautiful, they looked fake! The mountains were gracefully uplifting the sun as it shone down on the beautiful canyon. There were plenty of views to take in and sights to see.…

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Month of VisitJuly
Nicole C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2021

Clean and nice views

We had a great time! The site fit our 38' RV just fine, the camp fire set up was clean and offered seating on the rocks with great views! The park was recently taken over by the city and is now $20 a night. Good hiking and biking trails.

Month of VisitJuly
Steve D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2021

This place is nuts

The dunes are super cool but good grief, it was busy. It was much cooler than we thought because of a strong breeze. Highly recommend

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Month of VisitJuly
Jason W.
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2021

Nice Campground- Close Proximity to World-class Fly Fishing

This is not exactly our type of campground, which is the only reason I give it 3 out of 5 stars.  It is a little too exposed to sun and wind (see pics), but there are some sites that are tucked away a little more comfortably than others.  I suggest looking at a site map before choosing your…

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Month of VisitSeptember
Lori C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2021

Peaceful Camping near the Mountains

This is a lovely park about 30 minutes south of Colorado Springs. We camped here for 5 nights in a back in spot with full hookups, site 51. The site was extremely spacious with room to park our truck to the side and still have a big yard. There is a fire pit and picnic table and we were shaded by…

  • Very spacious sites
  • Closest neighbor a terrace down facing opposite direction
  • Great place for dogs
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Month of VisitJuly
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2021

Great secluded area

Very cute and quaint. Host was friendly and nice.

Month of VisitJuly
Keri P.
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2021


This was such a beautiful and peaceful campground! We were lucky to get there before dark so we could see everything. Nearby there is a military base that plays music in the evening and morning. Very easy to find our site and get setup. We loved it here!

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Month of VisitJuly
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2021

Not for campers

Camp area was more for unhoused people in the area. I was camping in my car and the site was a walk-up, so I couldn't use it luckily. The facility did work with me and put me in a non-working RV site by the tent area, but someone pulled on my door during the night. The sink in the shower area was…

Month of VisitJuly
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2021

Gorgeous views but some drawbacks

The valley this campground is in, is flat out gorgeous.  Amazing boulder mountains and tall pines make for stellar views.  Sleeping with the sound of the river was also awesome for the whole family.  But, it isn't perfect (depending on your site).  We reserved site 21 b/c it was right next to the…

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SiteSite 21
Month of VisitJuly
Angel R.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2021

Small gem

What a great little spot to relax for a weekend. It’s quiet and because there are only ten spot it seems like your in a private oasis.. the host Becky and Kirk were great and so sweet.

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Month of VisitJuly
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2021

Family fun!

Just got back from 3 nights at the Stoll Mountain campground. Our 2 kids and 2 dogs had a great time exploring the shoreline and fishing. Facilities were clean, rangers were friendly and helpful. Only complaint were the bugs, but might just be the time of year. Will visit again soon!

Month of VisitJuly
Becca C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2021

Not for tent campers or overlanding

Not a place for overlanding or tent camping, this site is strictly catered to RV’s. We had a “primitive tent” spot reserved for one night, but the site was not what we expected. You are not far at all from I-24, I mean maybe 200 yards? There is a house right beside the tent sites with a deck that…

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Siteprimitive tent spot
Month of VisitOctober
Serena L.
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2021

Overall a great campsite

We really enjoyed our time here. There are 12 sites, some have a larger footprint than others. Smaller sized ones are: 3, 4, 5, and 6. They are all a fine size though. Has a fire pit with grill, picnic table, and sites 2, 5, and 9 have the log covering. The sites are pretty close together, but we…

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Month of VisitJuly
Jan M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2021

Wonderful campground around lake

Very peaceful location with lake, mountains and stream. Even when full it isn’t overrun. Lake is great for kayaks, SUPs and stocked for fishing. Very popular and fills quickly - a handful of sites are first come first serve. Used cell booster to get decent signal

Month of VisitJuly
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2021

Loved this spot!

I absolutely loved this spot. My boyfriend and live in our car and travel all over and this was a top notch car camping spot with endless beautiful views. Plenty of spots for everyone, super quite with the occasional car passing.

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Month of VisitJuly

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