There are a number of fantastic camping areas in the Fremont County region. Spring, summer, and fall in the Banana Belt of Colorado are perfect for tent or RV camping. Temperatures in the April average a high of 64˚F with a low of 34˚F. August averages a high of 86˚F with a low of 57˚F. September averages a high of 79˚ with overnight lows of 48˚F.
East Ridge Campground
From this little-known campsite area in the Royal Gorge Park, you’ll be treated to views of Cañon City and the surrounding parks area. New, updated sites are operated by the City of Cañon City. Vault toilets, fire rings, some picnic tables, no water. Approximately 12 sites located 20 minutes west of Cañon City. Open year-round.
Temple Canyon Park
Located adjacent to the Temple Canyon trail that takes you to delightful Grape Creek and beyond to The Temple. Operated by the City of Cañon City. Vault toilets, fire rings, some picnic tables, no water. Approximately 8 sites located 8 miles southwest of Cañon City. Open year-round. (Free)
Red Canyon Park
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 5 sites 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 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 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 a 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 couple of vault toilet areas; these are not located at the camping locations. Plan accordingly and bring along a toilet system to take care of your waste. (Burying waste is not recommended.) Not the finest camping alternative, but it works in a pinch. BLM-operated. Open year-round. (Free)
Commercial Camping/RV Sites
Echo Canyon Campground
Echo Canyon includes 28 pull-through RV sites, 6 tent sites, glamping tents, and 9 luxury cabins. Amenities include showers and bathrooms, laundry rooms, wi-fi, and more. Rates vary. Open May 1 – Labor Day.
Mountain View RV Resort
Mountain View offers 40 RV sites and 4 cabins. Wi-fi, a playground, an outdoor kitchen with 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
Prospector’s RV Resort
Includes 89 RV sites, 37 tent sites, and 13 cabins. The resort incudes a pool, splashy park, pillow pad, frisbee golf, a game room, and more. Rates vary, depending on site and time of year.
Royal Gorge KOA
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.
Royal View Campground
The Royal View Campground is home to 50 pull-through RV sites, 12 tent sites, and 3 cabins. Guests can enjoy time at their pool, a hiking/biking path, wi-fi, and more. Rates vary. royalviewcampground.com 719-275-1900
The Starlight Classic Campground
Vintage campers are available, or bring your own RV or tent! Cabins available, too. A pool, playground, laundry, mini-golf, wi-fi, and more are available for your stay. Rates vary. Open May 5- Oct 1.