East Ridge Campground
From this campsite area in the Royal Gorge Park, you’ll be treated to views of Cañon City and the surrounding park area, where you can hike or bike along the 22 miles of surrounding trails. The truly adventurous can get to town via the Royal Cascade Trail–a 3.6-mile trail that descends 1,800 feet and connects to Tunnel Drive Trail near town. The City of Cañon City operates new, updated sites. Vault toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, no water. Twenty-three spacious sites are located 20 minutes west of Cañon City. Open year-round. Reservations can be made online here. ($20 per night)
Located adjacent to the Temple Canyon trail that takes you to delightful Grape Creek and beyond The Temple. Operated by the City of Cañon City. Vault toilets, fire rings, some picnic tables, no water. Four different campsites spread apart to allow you to enjoy the solitude of this area located 8 miles southwest of Cañon City. Open year-round. (Free)
Enjoy the region’s own red rock formations when you camp in this unique area. Operated by the City of Cañon City. Vault toilets, fire rings, some picnic tables, no water. Approximately five sites are located about 10.5 miles and 20 minutes north of town on Red Canyon Road (CR9). Open year-round. (Free)
THE BANK AND SAND GULCH
These two BLM-run campgrounds are located at the north end of Red Canyon Road (CR9), about 12.5 miles north of Cañon City. Often used by rock climbers during the spring, winter, and fall. Vault toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, no water. Together they include 29 individual campsites and 2 group sites. (Rates vary) Open year-round; sites fill quickly during busy climbing weekends. Expansion is planned for summer 2017.
Located atop Oak Creek Grade Road southwest of Cañon City, this campground is a nice, cool respite during hot summers. Access the 2.14-mile Lion Canyon trail from here. Operated by the US Forest Service. While there are three outhouses, as of this printing, two of those have been closed. Fire rings, picnic tables, no water. Approximately 12 sites are located 14 miles south of town. Open during summer. (Free)
Five Points is easily accessible from Hwy 50 and has a passageway under the highway to the day-use site on its north side. At this site, you’ll find an observation deck over the river. Operated by AHRA., 21 miles west of Cañon City. Vault toilets, fire rings with grills, picnic tables, no water. 20 campsites. Open year-round. Rates vary.
PHANTOM CANYON ROADSIDE
Along the historic Phantom Canyon Road are a few primitive roadside sites where camping is available. Along the road are also a few vault toilet areas; these are not located at the camping locations. Plan accordingly and bring a toilet system to take care of your waste. (Burying waste is not recommended.) Not the most acceptable camping alternative, but it works in a pinch. BLM-operated. Open year-round. (Free)
COMMERCIAL CAMPING/RV SITES
Echo Canyon includes 28 pull-through RV sites, six tent sites, glamping tents, and nine luxury cabins. Amenities include showers and bathrooms, laundry rooms, wi-fi, and more. Rates vary. Open May 1 – Labor Day.
Mountain View offers 40 RV sites and four cabins. Wi-fi, a playground, an outdoor kitchen with a fire pit, and more are available here. Rates vary. Cabins hold a maximum of four people. Open April 30th through September. mountainviewrvresort.net 719-275-0900
Offering 80 RV sites, 20 tent sites, 11 cabins, and 2 “glamping” set-ups, The KOA has a heated pool, mini golf, wi-fi, outdoor community area, playground, and more. They are adjacent to KOA-run Big Slides and go-carts. Rates vary. Open April 14 through the end of October.
The Royal View Campground is home to 50 pull-through RV sites, 12 tent sites, and three cabins. Guests can enjoy time at their pool, a hiking/biking path, wi-fi, and more. Rates vary. royalviewcampground.com 719-275-1900
Vintage campers are available, or bring your own RV or tent! Cabins are available, too. A pool, playground, laundry, mini-golf, wi-fi, and more are available for your stay. Rates vary. Open May 5- Oct 1.