Camping with the City Light

I was skeptical of the closeness of the city but it turn out to be a very nice campground. Gobbler Grove sits on a flat area adjacent to Cheyenne Mountain with about 6 or 7 campground sites. All but one look at the city of Colorado Springs. I also located right below the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) a military installation dated from the Cold War which mission was to warn the Army of any ballistic missile or air attacks against North America and also very close to Peterson Air Force base. The proximity to these two areas makes this campground a bit noise since you can hear distant BOOMS and the military Reveille around 7 am. The closeness to the city makes this campground particularly interesting since there is a lot of areas to visit around. We recommend The Garden of the Gods, Old Colorado City, Manitou Springs, Pike’s Peak, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cave of the Winds and Manitou Cliff Dwellings among many others. Cheyenne State Park also offers a many trials specially for mountain bikes and horses, bow target, and a camper service building with bathrooms, laundry machines and dryers, hot showers at $1 per four minutes and a vending machine. Overall the camp is nice and quiet. I don’t give it a 5 star due to the military noise which it was not bad, but it remind you how close were you from the air base and the NORAD.

Great Tent Camp Site

Loop H is part of Pa-Co-Chu-Puk site at Ridgeway State Park. This loop deserves a special review since it is a totally different place than the other camp sites at the park. This is a Walk-in camp site for tents only and offers one handicap accessible site. Some sites provide shade shelter and all offers elevated tent pads (14’ x 16’). Services are excellent with very clean showers and bathrooms including washer and dryers at the camper services area which is shared with Loop G and F. The loop offers a vault bathroom within the campsite and women/men bathrooms at the parking lot which is reserved by camp site. At the parking, there are carry on carts which can be used to unload all your camping gear. We really enjoyed our time here because it was secluded from the rest of the park with very private sites full of nature. The lake is bright with turquoise waters where you can do canoeing, Kayaking and Paddle boarding. It Is also open for powerboats,sailboats and jet skis. We did not find a very good variety of boats for rent at the marina. Fishing is great with catch and release on the river and the usual quota for the lake (See CPW website). Ridgeway is about 10 minutes away and you can find restaurants, supermarkets, anglers shops. Ouray, the Switzerland of the U.S. is 25 minutes and Telluride is one hour from the park where you can find beautiful sceneries with breathtaking views. I highly recommend Loop H if you are in a tent and enjoy a very private camp.

Small Quiet Campground

This campground is quite small and some or the spots can’t accommodate big trailers. The benefit is having a great quiet stay. Bathrooms are clean and the host is very helpful. We really like the fact that most areas are shaded and there are a lot of trees. I recommended this camp for a nice quiet and relaxing stay.

Quality Campground

This campground is very close to the shore which makes it easier to carry a kayak or a paddle board. The set up is surrounded by tall pine trees that provide shade really useful during this month of July. Spots are quite spacious and the camp is very clean including the bathrooms. This is one of the most relaxing camps I have visited. Highly recommended!!

Small Great Campground

This small campground has a lot of charm. Nested among pine and aspen trees there is many activities to choose from. The bathrooms are well kept and the host is very helpful. There is a trial that goes to the reservoir and the spots are great for an RV or a few tents.

Plenty of Dispersed Camping

When camping, having a lagoon, river or a lake close by adds value to your outdoor time. Camping here was a great experience. There are few dispersed areas to camp along 306 Forest Road. We checked all of them and some of them are difficult to access if your car is not high enough. We drove a Subaru Crosstrek. The views from here are great specially sunset and sunrise. This place seems to be used heavily by the amount of cigarette butts we found on the ground. The trash around was noticeable but not annoying. We picked up a few papers and cans to make more enjoyable. We arrived on a Saturday afternoon and we found plenty of spaces. I recommend this place as a base to access the reservoir where you can find bathrooms and other amenities like fishing, kayaking, hiking and the Promontory Picnic Area which you won’t be disappointed. You need to buy your access pass to the reservoir ahead of time online or pay for it cash at the entrance. Cellular Service is weak before entering the reservoir area and none inside the recreation area.

You won’t be disappointed

This small campground is located at Gunnison National Forest along Taylor river. The area is full of pine and aspen trees. The camp’s care taker was excellent. Clean grounds and bathrooms. If you stay here, get campsites 7-11, so you can access the new bathrooms which are spotless. From here you can fish all over the river or at the lake, rent a boat at the lake or drive to Tin Cup Which is also an interesting mining town on your way to Mirror lake. Also, you are 20 minutes from Almont, where you can do rafting.

Great place for families

We ended up at YMCA because all the dispersed camps were closed or closed. I am glad we spend the weekend here. We discovered Snow Mountain Ranch when we moved to Colorado three years ago, and we have stayed here several times in different setups: Yurts, Cabins and Tents. The YMCA of the Rockies has many amenities for everyone from trails to zip lines. Many were closed due to the COVID-19,but they are been open soon. The price for a campsite is $61 a night and you have clean toilets, hot showers, electrical hookups for a trailer and most of the sites are pretty big. There are two great trails we have done in the past: 9 mile rd and the falls. The recreational center schedule activities for kids and the whole family including summer tubbing, skate ring, climbing wall and bow and arrow among others. I really recommend this place for everyone, specially families.

Best Lake Views in Colorado

We spend memorial weekend at this beautiful place. Weather is always changing. We had snow, rain, sun, and some wind. Be prepared to have temperatures in the 20’s at the end of May at night. Trails for bikes and hiking around the lake are easy. Campsites are close, but not a major issue. You need to pay $9 per day per car. In general a very nice isolated location that will help you to disconnect from reality.

Woldford Camping

Services are good. The area is semi desert there is no trees in the campground. The campground lacks any natural charm, and we can for a quick lunch stop. Prepare to pay $10 per car to access the Lake. If you have a boat it may be your paradise.

Great Place to Disburst Camping

Road 359 was closed at the parking area, so we have to haul our camping gear for half a mile. The road after the parking lot is not suitable for low clearance cars but a Subaru Crosstrek should be able to make it. We were the only ones till late afternoon, then a lot of locals started to show up caring all their gear up the mountain. The place is clean and with great views. We saw a huge moose close to camp. Hike all the way to lake. Took us 40 minutes from the parking lot. A lost of trees have been cut down due to the pine beetle, but still a pristine and beautiful place.

Great Place During COVID-19 Lockdown

We drove on a Saturday afternoon from Denver without expecting to find any availability. To our surprise, we found probably the last spot available. The area was quiet if you are not close by to the road and most of the spots were clean. In general, we had a great weekend. Highly recommended.

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