In central Colorado, about 70 miles south of Denver, Colorado Springs rises a mile above sea level, with some parts much higher and lower than the state capital. But its elevation comes as no surprise as Pikes Peak, one of the most visited mountains in the United States, is just 30 miles to the west. Plan to rent an RV in Colorado Springs and park in a campground a short distance outside Pikes Peaks’ east entrance.
Living up to its nickname as ‘America’s Olympic City,’ Colorado Springs offers an abundance of outdoor activities to adventurous visitors. Find RV rentals in Colorado Springs and make the most of the town’s extensive network of hiking and biking trails, a selection of riding stables, and a short drive away, venues for ziplining and whitewater rafting. Those seeking milder workouts under the sun can head out into a golf course or a fishing spot. But if you came here to take in stunning mountain views and enjoy a cold beverage, you won't be disappointed with Colorado Springs' bubbly local craft beer scene.
The Great Out There: Rocks, Ruins and Rapids
As it is with other Colorado cities, you don't have to venture far in Colorado Springs to get a heavenly experience of this mountain city. The Garden of the Gods, a collection of thin cathedral-like rock spires, is just five miles north of town. Take your Colorado Springs RV rental there and explore the network of hiking and horseback riding trails, or summon up enough courage to scramble up the sometimes flaky rock.
But if you really want to test your mountain climbing mettle, nothing comes close to doing it on a ‘fourteener.’ Colorado has more than 50 peaks rising 14,000 ft or higher above sea level, and Pikes Peak is one of the tallest. Bring along the motorhome rental in Colorado Springs and stay close to the park at an RV campsite nearby.
On your way to the famous mountain, take some time to stop at the Anasazi Cliff Dwellings in Manitou Springs along Highway 24. These ancient stone ruins were taken from a collapsed Anasazi site and then relocated in the early 1900s to their new home just six miles west of Colorado Springs.
For wildlife sightings, the North Cheyenne Canon Park is home to black bears, mountain lions and deer. There are miles of hiking trails, and in summer, swimming spots on some sections of the North Cheyenne Creek. If water-based thrills are what you're after, the Royal Gorge, about 50 miles southwest of town, will flood you with adrenaline with its sheer 1,200-foot walls and Class III, IV and V rapids creatively named The Narrows, Wall Slammer and Sledgehammer.
Where to Park Your RV
United States Highway 24 is flanked by several RV campgrounds as the highway branches off I-25 south of Colorado Springs and continues northwest to Manitou Springs. The closest RV parks are within five miles of downtown along Highway 24, and if you set your sights within a 10-mile radius, there are plenty more. Walmart stores are mostly located east of I-25 but still within five miles of RV campgrounds on Highway 24.
Staying at state parks has its perks, and if you go this route, Cheyenne Mountain State Park is just 10 miles south along I-25. The park offers plenty of hook-up sites for RV rentals in Colorado Springs, CO and comes with its own set of attractions worth staying over. Hiking and mountain biking trails, along with bird watching sites and stargazing campsites, are within park limits. A couple of Walmart stores, as well as propane and gas stations, can be found within 10 miles.
If you'd rather be within striking distance of Pikes Peak, Pikes Peak RV Park is just six miles south of the mountain's east entrance. Here you'll find full service hookups, bathrooms, laundry facilities, and as the nearest Walmart and gas station are six miles away, an on-site convenience store.
City Attractions Worthy of a Medal
You don’t exactly rent a motorhome in Colorado Springs and stay indoors, but if you wish to seek shade every now and then – the Garden of the Gods is notorious for its sizzling temperatures – the town has a handful of attractions that both engage and provide relief from the heat. The United States Olympic Training Center offers free tours daily, so you might want to see what's inside (aquatic and shooting centers, velodrome and gymnasiums).
For a step back in time, take a look around the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and get a glimpse into the life and times of the town's founders. Gain insight into Pikes Peak’s gold rush days in the mid-19th century at the Ghost Town Museum. Then cap off your time travel with a visit to the Western Museum of Mining and Industry for a look at century-old artifacts and equipment used to search and extract minerals and gold. If you want to get hands-on, you can actually pan for gold!
All this hopping around the city earns you a cold drink. Luckily, you have more than 20 craft breweries and distilleries to choose from or taste your way through. Start planning now and search for an RV in Colorado Springs, CO and try to sample all the town’s brews. Take the Mountain Metropolitan Transit or Metro buses to get you around while your camper rental in Colorado Springs is safely parked nearby, and get a Crafts and Drafts Passport for a taste of the town’s booming craft-beverage scene. Cheers!
Colorado Springs, CO is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
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