Few experiences are as magnificent as waking up in the middle of the night to a Colorado sky filled with stars. It’s nearly impossible to explain to those who’ve never seen it, but watching a star-filled sky gives you a better understanding of space and the size of our earth in it. The experience could be said to be humbling, mesmerizing, or awe-inspiring. But no matter what words you find to describe it, chances are, you’ll remember it forever.

Camping is the best way to get your taste of a Colorado sky, and in the Royal Gorge Region, there are several ways to experience this American pastime. From tent camping to luxurious RV camping, there’s a camping solution that’s right for you.

For those who choose to travel more simply, tents can be pitched in several areas around the Royal Gorge. By Shelf Road, Sand Gulch and the Bank are BLM campgrounds that are popular with climbers and mountain bikers. Further south is the San Isabel National Forest Campground, Oak Creek, which is free and offers access to the Lion Canyon multi-use trail. Want a hot shower? A washing machine? There are many RV parks in the area that offer tent sites in beautiful settings.

If you prefer to travel in an RV or pull a fifth-wheel or pop-up camper, these RV parks offer pull-through sites with electric, water, sewage, WiFi, and more. Who says you must be in the middle of the forest to camp? At these RV campgrounds, scenic surroundings create idyllic settings, complete with starry nights.

Check out our camping directory for a complete listing of RV parks in the area or our map of area campgrounds because sleeping outdoors is the perfect way to experience all the Royal Gorge Region has to offer.