Royal View Campground
This is the place to make your base camp for all the activities in the area. Enjoy reat views of the Royal Gorge and the bridge. It has the largest heated swimming pool in the area. It also offers WiFi, a bike path, an exercise trail with workout stations, a game room, hiking trails, basketball, horseshoes, disc golf, mini-golf, and much more. Mention that you came from WAO and receive a discount!
Mountain View RV Resort
Mountain View RV Resort offers both deluxe and standard RV sites. Four bunkhouse cabins are also available. Onsite store, WiFi, laundry. a playground, basketball, shuffleboard, and horseshoes. 6.5 miles west of WAO Rafting on Hwy 50.
Prospectors Resort Campground
This is a great option for families with kids. Swimming pool, mini-golf, jumping pillow, clubhouse, hot tub, fully stocked country store, many RV & tent sites, plus fully furnished cabins! Close to the Royal Gorge, WAO Rafting, and other area attractions. Very family-oriented.
Located in the Colorado foothills and close to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and WAO rafting company, this campground has spectacular panoramic views of beautiful Colorado scenery. Amenities include WiFi, a swimming pool, kitchen, dog park, and a mini-golf course. Also a great choice for families.
Royal Gorge Park
This park is also known as the "Overlook". This is a huge park and camping is no longer free. There is a place at the entrance that explains the fee system - $20 per site per night. There is no water so prepare for that. This camping area can accommodate large groups and is ideal for Scouts and church groups on a budget. There are sites with restrooms, pavilions, fire pits, and picnic tables. This camping area is part of the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. It is city-owned and all fees go to the upkeep and maintenance of the camping area. From Canon City go west on Hwy 50 about 8 miles to County Road 3A (the turnoff to the Royal Gorge). Proceed about a mile or so on 3A. Watch for the sign on your left.
Red Canyon Park
This area is just south of Garden Park. Many dinosaur fossils have been found here, including some that are in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. A bit further up this road will lead you to "Shelf Road," a popular rock climbing area. The road ultimately goes all the way to the historic mining towns of Victor and Cripple Creek. Keep in mind that if you choose to venture much beyond Red Canyon Park this is a real 4X4 road that is not suitable for anything large—like an RV or 5th wheel—or anything other than a 4 wheel drive vehicle. To get to Red Canyon Park from Hwy 50 in Canon City, turn north on 15th street and proceed to Central. Make a tight (east) on Central and proceed to Field Avenue. Then turn left on Field so you are going north out of town. This road will bring you to Red Canyon Park. Camping is free, but there is no water, so be sure to bring your own. There is a vault restroom and a couple of pavilions with fire pits.
This area has some good spots along Grape Creek. It is south of Canon City about 6 miles, roughly 10-15 minutes from our office. It's very rustic and the only water is Grape Creek, which is NOT drinking water, so be prepared to bring your own. The road that runs through here eventually ends up near Parkdale at the entrance to the South Rim of the Royal Gorge Park. From Hwy 50 on the west end of Canon City, go south on First Street and proceed about a mile and bear to the right on County Road 3, which becomes Temple Canyon Road. Follow the signs.