Salida / Mt. Shavano KOA

Formerly known as the Heart of the Rockies Campground, Salida/Mt. Shavano KOA is a small, quaint campground facility a few miles outside of Salida, CO. Dozens of 14,000 snow-capped peaks tower over the tiny campground. In arid, southwestern Colorado, the valley in which Salida/Mt. Shavano KOA sits green for only a few short weeks in the late springs. As the summer heat sets in, the open space transforms into a soft, leathery tan and gold that persists until the first snow. Close to the main highway, accessing Salida/Mt. Shavano KOA, even in wintertime in an RV rental, is pain-free. The roads are well-maintained and plowed promptly.Set in an open field, Salida/Mt. Shavano KOA has over 35 sites for RVs and camper trailers. Many sites are roomy and able to accommodate rigs up to 100 feet long. Although there are no water and sewer hookups, the campground provides 30-amp electric hookups, WiFi, and a large community fire pit. A small creek runs through the property, providing a pleasant ambient background sound to accompany the crackle of a campfire. Salida/Mt. Shavano KOA also provides a coin-op laundry and hot showers should any of the guests need to freshen up. There is a small dog park, too. In addition to being open year-round, there are hayrides and ice cream socials on weekends during the summer months that are sure to entertain children and adults alike.The closest town is Salida, just over 10 miles to the east. The charming historic town was included in a guidebook, America’s 100 Best Small Art Town. The town has also been deemed one of the top 10 most affordable towns to retire in by the U.S. News and World Report Magazine. Book an RV in Chaffee County, CO, and start planning the perfect RV camping adventure.

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Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

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Choose your location, dates, and send the host a request to book.


Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the host or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

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Most hosts have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.


Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the host in the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

Salida/Mt. Shavano KOA is surrounded by sheer wilderness; opportunities for recreational fun are endless. Between the Gunnison National Forest and Pike and San Isabel National Forests, there are well over two million acres of mountains and valleys for adventurers to explore. Hike, bike, horseback ride, or ATV on hundreds of miles of trails that spider out from various trailheads dotting southwestern Colorado. Sheer, bare rock cliffs rise high overhead, and rock climbers can often be spotted crawling across its face, protected from certain death by only a thin rope.Some explorers enjoy searching for waterfalls when camping at Salida/Mt. Shavano KOA. There are thousands of waterfalls that make its appearance only after the spring snowmelt occurs. A rare few persist year-round. Agnes Vailles Waterfall, a few miles north of Nathrop, CO, is one of the better-known falls in Gunnison National Forest.Whitewater rafting is an activity enjoyed by many, particularly after the snowmelt transforms rivers into raging, roiling currents. Bouncing over rapids, past large boulder obstacles, and averting whirlpools is a pulse-pounding thrill that many adventurers seek. There are many guide agencies that will help people navigate these perilous challenges safely.Continue death-defying feats by attempting to achieve summit on one of the dozen 14-ers that surround Salida/Mt. Shavano KOA. Each 14-er peak poses different challenges for people to overcome, and depending on the terrain and weather, some peaks can be more difficult than others.

Exploring the Area

Many small mountain towns scattered across southwestern Colorado were founded during the height of the Gold Rush era (around 1858), and several have retained their historical architecture and aesthetic. If one were to ignore the presence of modern amenities like automobiles and electric street lights, visiting these towns can feel like stepping back into time. Traveling from town to town in search of historic charm is a breeze in a rental motorhome.Salida claims to be the birthplace of whitewater rafting in the United States (it was already well established in Europe) and founded the first whitewater rafting race in 1949. Called FiBark, the annual race has evolved into a festival that draws tens of thousands of spectators and attendants. The event also is a good way to find local crafters, artists, and other local businesses from neighboring towns. It’s usually held in mid-June.Hot springs are evidence of long-dormant volcanoes that once lined western Colorado. Hit the road in an RV rental and find your favorite spring to relax in. Nathrop and Wellsville, CO, both have hot springs that are open to the public.Slip ton a motorhome rental and head up to one of the neighboring towns like Poncha Springs or Buena Vista for charming retail stores, quaint bistros, and breweries with delicious craft beer. Search for the perfect gift or memorabilia to take home to help you remember the perfect RV camping experience in Colorado.Far from the bright light pollution that lingers over large cities, the stars in the night sky are bright and dense. In summers, the famed Milky Way streams across the night sky. Witness this glorious sight by going RV camping at Salida/Mt. Shavano KOA.

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Questions about RVs?


What type of RV should I choose?


Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


Do the RVs have bathrooms?


Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


How does check-in work?


Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.