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Salida, Poncha Springs, Maysville, and Nathrop, Colorado
Campgrounds and RV Parks

Many visitors to Salida and the central Colorado region prefer to set up a base of operations in a campground or RV park. Here, they can feel closer to the outdoor paradise known as Colorado's Rocky Mountains. With this choice, it's all about nature, family, friends, and flexibility in travel. 

We searched the Internet to see just why some travelers prefer camping over hotel accommodations and came across the following enlightening comments:

Top Ten Reasons Camping is Better than Staying in a Hotel…

  1. those landscape paintings hanging on the wall are now the 'real thing'
  2. food tastes better
  3. raindrops sounding on the tent
  4. economics -- less expensive than cramming a family into a hotel
  5. trees, critters, stars, streams, bonfires, dutch oven cobbler, s'mores
  6. thunderstorms, up close and personal
  7. if the view doesn't suit, turn your tent/RV
  8. no need to worry about losing your key to a tent
  9. pay perview for free, in many forms, and all around you (see #5)
  10. calories don't count when you eat outside

Find your very own "Top Ten" at any one of the following campgrounds and RV parks in and around Salida, Colorado. And then once camped, find the amazing monstrosity called “Captain Zipline Aerial Adventure Park” where you can play on a “Jungle Gym” in the canyon, climb a mountain on one of the four via ferratas, or go zipping on one of the Top Ten ziplines in the country and one of the best in the world! Check it out: http://captainzipline.com  and then try it out

Salida Campgrounds and RV Parks:

Four Seasons RV ParkFour Seasons RV Park
4305 E Hwy 50 (Rainbow Blvd)
Salida, CO 81201
Phone: (719) 539-3084 
Toll Free: (888) 444-3626
www.fourseasonsrvresort.com/   
fourseasonsrvpark@qwest.net

Located just 1.5 miles east of Salida on the edge of the Arkansas River. 65 full-hookups for RVs, with very well groomed grassy sites, most with shade trees. 30/50 amp electrical hookups. Pull-thru or back-in sites. 20 RV sites located right on the Arkansas River, plus three premium river sites. 3 cottages available for nightly rental, sleep 4 adults. Common areas include laundry, recreation room, vending machines, large gas grill, patios. Large kitchen-for-rent. Wi-Fi available. No smoking. Some pets allowed.


 

Heart of the Rockies RV & Tent CampgroundHeart of the Rockies RV & Tent Campground
16105 W Hwy 50 (Rainbow Blvd)
Salida, CO 81201
Phone: (719) 539-4051
Toll Free: (800) 317-4052
heartoftherockiescamp-rv.com
info@heartoftherockiescampground.com

RV park with 45 sites, 25 tent sites. Free wireless Internet, community room, convenience store, playground, laundry, restrooms, hot showers. Ten miles west of Salida. Easy access to Black Canyon, Great Sand Dunes, ghost towns, antique shops, art galleries. For the adventure enthusiast, everything the Rocky Mountains have to offer is in our backyard! Pet friendly.


 

Monarch Spur RV ParkMonarch Spur RV Park
18989 W Hwy 50 (Rainbow Blvd) 
Salida, CO 81201

Phone: (719) 530-0341
Toll Free: (888) 814-3001
www.monarchspurrvcampground.com
jerry@MonarchSpurRVPark.com

Surrounded by San Isabel National Forest and only 200 feet from a trout stream. RV park and campground are 11.7 miles west of Salida, offer RV sites, camping, campground, picnic area, store and souvenir shop, tent sites, ATV trips, ATV rentals, showers, laundry facilities, horseshoe pits, gold panning, free Wi-Fi, videos and VCRs for rent.


 

Rocky Mountain Recreation CoRocky Mountain Recreation Co

Rocky Mountain Recreation Company manages parks, marinas, and other recreational facilities on National Forest lands. Prime camping sites, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, mountain climbing, waterskiing, hunting, and sightseeing are the focus of their operation. Check their website to find your next camping adventure and for details regarding recreation, such as trailheads for the hiking enthusiast. GPS information and directions are provided on the individual sites. 
Phone: (661) 702-1420
www.rockymountainrec.com


 

Salida district has the following campgrounds:

Buena Vista has the following campgrounds:


 

Buena Vista and Other Regional Campgrounds and RV Parks

Arkansas River Rim CampgroundArkansas River Rim Campground and RV Park
33198 US 24 N
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Phone: (719) 395-8883
www.arkriverrim.com 
rvpark@arkriverrim.com

Campground and RV sites adjacent to the Arkansas River. Rivers, trails, scenic highways are just some of the area's attractions. Onsite trailer and 5th wheel rentals available; primitive camper cabin overlooks the Arkansas. Clean, remodeled restrooms and laundry facilities. Wi-Fi. RV storage available. 


 

Snowy Peaks RV Park & RentalsSnowy Peaks RV Park & Rentals
30430 US Hwy 24 
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Phone: (719) 395-8481
Toll Free: (800) 954-8481
www.snowypeaksrvpark.com 
info@snowypeaksrvpark.com

Located in the heart of the Rockies on the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway with breathtaking views of some of Colorado's tallest peaks. Large RV, tent sites with grass, trees, picnic tables, family style showers, cable TV, free high-speed Wi-Fi, laundry, propane, clubhouse with full kitchen and TV, playground, recreational facilities and activities, cookouts, campfires, live music. Well-mannered pets OK. Camper and trailer rentals, camper and trailer accessories. Long-term storage. Near hot springs, hiking, ATV/ 4WD trails, rafting, fishing, ghost towns/historic districts, hunting, fall color, snowmobile/snow-shoe trails and ski. Open all year.


 

Arrowhead Point Campground and CabinsArrowhead Point Campground and Cabins
33975 Hwy 24
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Phone: (719) 395-8301
Toll Free: (800) 888-7320
www.arrowheadpointresort.com 
reservations@arrowheadpointresort.com  

RV sites, tent sites, cabins, group facilities. Campground can accommodate all RV sizes. Offers private and semi-private tent sites, each with picnic table and fire pit; restroom and showers nearby. Choice of cabins includes: loft, rustic, deluxe, yurts, cottage, cozy cougar. Group tenting areas overlook Collegiate Peaks; 1600 sf covered pavilion for large gatherings. Participates in the Good Sam Loyalty Program.


 

Mt. Princeton RV Park and CabinsMt. Princeton RV Park and Cabins
30380 CR 383
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Phone: (719) 395-6206
Toll Free: (888) 995-6206
www.mtprincetonrvpark.com 

RV sites, cabins, vacation rental. Onsite activities include ping pong, basketball; playground. Community campfire ring for every-Saturday-night campfires during summer season.


Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park

Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park
11430 CR 197A
Nathrop, CO 81236
Phone: (719) 395-8301
Toll Free: (888) 395-8830
www.chalkcreek-campground.com  
camp@chalkcreek-campground.com

Choose a site on or near Chalk Creek -- RV park, camping, campground, tent sites, showers, laundry facilities, recreation room, video room, playground, campground store, free Wi-Fi, mountain views; also, cabins with full kitchen and full bath available.


 

Cutty’s Camping Resort
3428 CR 6, Hayden Creek Rd
Coaldale, CO 81222
Phone: (719) 942-4222
cuttysresort.net/
info@cuttysresort.net

RV park that has amenities of a resort, including a clubhouse, outdoor pool, indoor pool, tennis court, volleyball, basketball, tether ball, shuffleboard, miniature golf, video arcade room; horseback rides; Adult Lodge, Family Lodge; 3 bathhouses, laundry facilities.  Campfires, Kids Play Area.


 

Pleasant Valley RV Park
0018 CR 47
Howard, CO 81233
Phone: (719) 942-3484
Toll Free: (888) 719-4919
www.pleasantvalleyrvpark.net

Located on the Arkansas River, has full hookups, private access to Arkansas River for fishing; high-speed Internet; cement patios, picnic tables, great views, grass/shade trees; clean restrooms, hot showers; laundromat. Pet-friendly, rules apply.


 

Bighorn Park Campground and RV Resort
16373 W Hwy 50
Coaldale, Colorado 81222
Phone: (719) 942-4266
bighornpark.com

Shaded, level, easy-access sites. Most spaces are pull-thru, and all are wide enough for slide-outs on 2 sides. Swimming pool, volleyball. 20-30 and 50 amp electricity and water at all spaces. Sewer hook-ups  at most sites. Free Wi-Fi.


 

Sand Dunes Swimming PoolSand Dunes Swimming Pool and RV PARK
1991 CR 63
Hooper, CO 81136
Phone: (719) 378-2806
www.sanddunespool.com
sanddunesrec@hotmail.com

The Sand Dunes Pool, also known as the "Hooper Pool" features a naturally hot artesian swimming pool with water that ranges from 98 to 100 degrees F and a hotter, 25-person therapy pool with temperatures from 105 to 107 degrees F. Swimming lessons are available and special events are held, check the website for details. The pool offers a concession stand with large menu, including salads with homegrown produce. RV and camping sites with water and electricity are available nearby.


 

Black Bear RV Resort & Campground
528 Hwy 50
Howard, CO 81233
Phone: (719) 942-3450


 

Bandera's BunkhouseBandera's Bunkhouse
10281 Hwy 50 (Rainbow Blvd)
Howard, CO 81233
Phone: (719) 942-3811
www.banderasbunkhouse.com  
reservations@banderasbunkhouse.com

Six motel rooms, cabins, and campground all located alongside the Arkansas River. Family-oriented fun, including horse-drawn hayrides, live music and cowboy suppers. Pet friendly. Call ahead to reserve entertainment package. Private parties welcome.


 

Cotopaxi Arkansas River Kampground & Loma Linda MotelCotopaxi Arkansas River Kampground & Loma Linda Motel
21435 Hwy 50 (Rainbow Blvd)
Cotopaxi, CO 81201
Phone: (719) 275-9308
Toll Free: (800) 562-2686
koa.com/campgrounds/cotopaxi  
cotopaxikoa@gmail.com

Campground sits on a very popular stretch of the Arkansas River for activities such as fly fishing, kayaking, whitewater. Pavilion, patio overlook the river. Activities include swimming, hayrides, mini golf, pool table and game room, nightly movies. Sites overlook the river, have concrete patios, fire rings, patio furniture.

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