South Meadows Campground, located 5 miles north of Woodland Park, provides a scenic spot for campers to rest and enjoy the many recreational offerings of the area. The campground attracts hikers and bikers with access to the multipurpose paved Centennial Bike Trail, as well as visitors looking for a central location for day trips to Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods. Garden of the Gods is a National Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs, featuring incredible rock formations, impressive vistas and a free visitor and nature center.
The 4.2-mile Centennial Trail, a paved, accessible recreation trail, connects South Meadows Campground to Manitou Lake Picnic Area and Colorado Campground. The trail is popular for hikers, inline skaters and bicyclists. The nearby Rainbow Falls OHV Trail System and North Divide OHV Trail System are recommended for off-road vehicle enthusiasts. Fishing is available at nearby Manitou Lake and Trout Creek.
Each site has a campfire ring and picnic table. Roads are paved and a campground host is on duty. Vault toilets and drinking water may be found throughout the campground with reduced facilities outside of peak season.
Campsites are tucked in a stand of ponderosa pines at an elevation of 8,000 feet. To the north is the 5-acre Manitou Lake. Afternoon thunderstorms are common in summer months and temperatures are generally mild, with warm and pleasant days and cooler nights.
The town of Woodland Park is located five miles south of South Meadows Campground where campers can find gas, food, dining and shopping.
Visitors can tour the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and view the impressive architecture at the Cadet Chapel. Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods are other popular attractions.
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This CG was one of the first we used in Colorado and still a great go-to as it is large enough that you can often find a spot with less planning than some of the more popular sites, but it is near many attractions and the CG itself is nice. All spots are nicely spaced apart, it is fairly wooded, a creek runs along the backside and it is near Woodland Park, Manitou Springs and the Pikes Peak wilderness. The hosts at this CG are wonderful and take pride in their area.. Spots are immaculate and vault toilets are clean… Sites have fire-pits and picnic table and they offer back-in and pull-though spots and most sites we saw were fairly level. Trash and water spigots are equally dispersed through the CG.
Great level campground. Water and restrooms well distributed. Roomy spaces. Close to town with small grocery.
Nice campground with lots of families, generators and kids. Spaces are large and spaced out. Bathrooms were very clean and friendly hosts. The campground is very close to a busy road and fenced off from the surrounding land areas. Rained and hailed for 5 straight hours, lots of thunder and lightning - I was there mid-June. Nice cool temps.
South Meadows was a great! My husband and I camped there for the first time last weekend. Especially for being within an hour of the city, it was beautiful and serene. The bathrooms were very clean. We enjoyed walking to Manitou Lake (about 1.75 miles away) for a picnic lunch. The only thing was that our site was pretty exposed. We were in one of the middle sites, which do not offer much privacy because of lack of trees and proximity to neighbors. If I go again, I will be sure to book a site on the outside of the loop to avoid this.
This was a very basic campground. A place to park a table and a fire ring. The bathrooms were cleaned and stocked. There was also a dumpster available for use.
This is a nice, well maintained campground close to a lot of activities. You can visit nearby Manitou Lake and there are lots of trails in this area. The sites are clean and there are lots of trees. I really enjoyed camping here.