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Located just seven miles away from Pueblo, CO, and 34 miles from Canon City, CO, San Isabel National Forest is a great outdoor lover Mecca. The 1,120,233-acre forest lies in South-central Colorado and stretches to 11 counties. There are plenty of interesting things to do and see during your visit to San Isabel National Forest all year round. It's home to five wilderness areas, reservoirs, scenic byways, four ski areas, canyons, alpine lakes, and falls.

There is a varied group of locals and tourists that come to visit the forest. No matter what type of recreational activity you're seeking, you can always find a perfect activity that suits your interests and skills. The most popular summer activities include hiking, boating, rafting, hunting, fishing, biking, and scenic driving. There are over 500 miles of trails traversing the forest. Rent an RV in Pueblo in winter to enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing.

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Getting Outdoors

Since San Isabel National Forest is open year-round for recreation, there is no dull season to plan your visit. The forest is most popular with hikers. Hikers of all skill levels will find something to appreciate in this vast forest. For the adventurous hikers, this forest has some of the highest concentrations of peaks in Colorado. While at the top of the peaks, hikers will be rewarded with great views of the lush green forest below.

Looking for a place to fish? Rivers, lakes, streams, and creeks on San Isabel National Forest offer you the opportunity throughout the year. Anglers can fish from the shores or a boat. Major species caught here include cutthroat trout, tiger muskie, rainbow trout, kokanee salmon, and brown trout.

For anyone looking to spend time on land, wildlife watching is a popular pastime in the forest. A diverse collection of species exists in the forest, from mule deer, rabbits to bighorn sheep and black bears. Other animals include mountain goats, antelopes, elk, and turkey.

Camping at San Isabel National Forest

There are plenty of campgrounds within San Isabel National Forest, where visitors can park their motorhome rentals. Located near Lake Isabel, La Vista Campground is a 27 site campground. Seventeen of the sites are RV sites with electric hookups.

Alvarado Campground is another nice place to park your RV rental. It offers 50 sites and is open for equestrian campers. Amenities offered include water spigots, vault toilets, picnic tables, and grills.

Perched along the banks of Halfmoon Creek, Elbert Creek Campground offers 17 sites spread in two loops. Campground amenities include a hand pump water spigot and toilets.

Exploring the Area

There's always something fun to do in this region when you rent a motorhome near Pueblo. You don't have to travel far from San Isabel National Forest to become immersed in the area's great outdoors. This part of Colorado overflows with natural attractions, wildlife habitats, fun parks, and golf courses.

Open year-round Pueblo Zoo is one of the favorite destinations to visit after finding your ideal RV rental in the city. While here, visitors are guaranteed of spotting over 300 animals drawn from various species. Primates, otters, zebras, kangaroos, lions, armadillos, penguins, and turtles are some of the animals that call this 300-acre zoo home. Sitting on the side of its namesake mountain Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, is one of the most highly recommended destinations for animal lovers. Located about 43 miles away, this zoo is revered for its huge giraffe herds. Encompassing 140 acres, this zoo plays host to kangaroos, bears, alligators, cougars, hippos, sloths, and Amur tigers. Birds found here include cranes, parakeets, and penguins. For art enthusiasts, Scutes Family Gallery showcases plenty of reptilian species. For the adventurous visitor's carousel and sky rides are available.

When you are looking for a great place to take the little ones during your RV rental vacation, The Rides at City Park in Pueblo is one of the most favorite destinations. There is something for every family member to enjoy regardless of age and interest. The park is dotted with sports courts, ponds, and lakes. Also, the park provides a wide variety of recreational choices to help you enjoy the great outdoors. The most popular fun activities include fishing, swimming, golf courses, and rides.

Your RV rental vacation is incomplete without visiting the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. Located nearly an hour's drive away, the 956 feet Royal Gorge Bridge is the primary attraction here. This iconic bridge spans the Arkansas River. Encompassing 360 acres, this amusement park is a popular spot for ziplining, rock climbing, nature photography, and wildlife viewing.

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