Campground Review: Garden of the Gods RV Resort in Colorado Springs

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entrance sign and lanes at garden of the gods rv

We have stayed at Garden of the Gods RV Resort many times in our 6 years of travel, and have always enjoyed our return visits. When the pandemic shelter in place orders began in March, we were boondocking in Arizona, where we ended up staying for 5 weeks. But with the desert temperatures set to soar by late April, we knew it was time to look for a safe, and much cooler, location where we could situate ourselves for an extended period. 

After making sure they were open and could accommodate us, we headed straight to Colorado Springs to complete phase 2 of our shelter in place. We initially booked a 2 month stay, but ended up extending by an additional two weeks. All up, we stayed for about 10-11 weeks.  This post is loaded with photos as you read on, but for an even more visual tour, check out this related video.

This RV Resort is one of seven owned by RVC Outdoors (rvcoutdoors.com) We enjoyed our stay at their Catherine’s Landing location as well.

Read on for more details about Garden of the Gods RV Resort and the surrounding area.

arial view of Garden of the Gods RV Resort

Location of Garden of the Gods RV Resort

Colorado Springs is about an hour south of Denver Colorado.  The major interstate highway I-25 runs through it.  Garden of the Gods RV Resort is in western Colorado Springs, near the border of Manitou Springs.  Roads into the area are easy to manage. But be mindful of your routes coming into Colorado, as some routes may involve long steep grades at elevation.

We loved that this resort has very quick easy access to nature and the outdoors, yet is also walking distance to stores and conveniences.  

Garden of the Gods campground map

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Marc riding bike in Garden of the Gods park

Area Attractions

Our favorite area attraction is the namesake of the campground, and almost literally right next door.  The Garden of the Gods park is a gorgeous park filled with amazing geological features. We loved going on hikes and bike rides in the park, right from our campground. Check out our blog post about Garden of the Gods we wrote during our first visit here many years ago.

Also within 5 minutes of the Red Rock Canyon open space with even more great hiking and biking trails.  The nearby town of Manitou Springs is a cool little tourist town with lots of charm. A short drive the other direction you will be in another cute town of Colorado City.

Colorado Springs has loads of other tourist attractions.  Drive to the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak.  Visit the only mountain zoo at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.  Go underground in the famous Cave of the Winds.  Explore some history at the majestic Broadmoor Hotel.  

There are loads of other hiking and biking trails , horseback riding, and mountain escapes at your doorstep in this area. Colorado Springs is also host to the Air Force Academy.  Many events and festivals are hosted in the Colorado Springs area too.  It is a great area filled with attractions.

pedestrian bridge near Garden of the Gods RV Resort

Amenities at Garden of the Gods RV Resort

Garden of the Gods RV Resort has nice amenities for a RV park of its size.  There are two heated pool areas (when open), a playground, dog park, billiard room, and store.  It is a very well stocked RV resort store, with snacks, RV supplies, camping supplies, clothing and books. 

At the time of writing this post, their store even carries autographed copies of our book, Living the RV Life – Your Ultimate Guide to Life On The RoadThey also have a large arcade, and a building that can host large group events.  This RV park often attracts small rallies and traveling groups.

living the rv life books at garden of the gods store
pool at Garden of the Gods RV Resort
pool table in lodge at Garden of the Gods RV Resort

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Practical Amenities at Garden of the Gods RV Resort

There are three bath houses, two with laundry rooms.  The main laundry room has nice big front loading washing machines, and huge dryers that can dry three loads at once.  Washers are $2.50 – $3.50 per load depending on settings, but the dryer are inexpensive and powerful, which evens out the cost of doing your laundry on site.  Laundry soap vending machine and a coin dispenser are located in the main laundry room.  

laundry room at Garden of the Gods RV Resort

Mail / WIFI / Cable

Cable TV and WIFI are available.  We tend to always use our own cellular connectivity so we didn’t try the onsite WIFI or Cable.  Verizon had 4 bars of LTE, AT&T was a little inconsistent, but often had a couple bars of LTE.  T-Mobile seemed steady with 2 bars LTE.

small coffee food drink cart

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RV Sites at Garden of the Gods RV Resort

All RV sites are gravel, or concrete pads and include picnic tables and concrete patios.  Power is 30/50 amp, and all sites are full hook-up (water and sewer).  Some sites also provide cable TV.  

Pull through sites as long as 65’ are available. But most sites are back-in, and many will not accommodate large (40’+ RVs).  There are a total of around 170 RV sites, and are divided into 6 different types, from standard back ins, to executive pull throughs. 

About 31 are pull-through, and the rest back in.  Despite the fact that the number of large sites is a small percentage, we would still consider this a reasonably ‘big rig friendly’ RV resort. Mostly because the internal roads are relatively easy to navigate, and many of the large sites are pull-through.

Most sites are pretty level, but there are many that might require leveling blocks.  We only saw a few travel trailers and fifth wheels needing leveling blocks. But more motorhomes needed leveling blocks, as they have less range for leveling.  

Other Accommodations Available

Garden of the Gods RV Resort also has a number of other accommodations available if you don’t have an RV.  Options range from a primitive tent site with no power (some available with power), all the way up to relatively new, beautiful ‘Escape Cottages’.  

There are nine very basic bunkhouses that have power, but no water.  Guests staying in the bunkhouses, would need to use one of the campground bathhouses for their water needs.  Five Garden Studios are a big step up from the bunk houses.  Garden Suites, Resort Cottages, and Escape cottages are even better.  Some accommodations can sleep as many as 6 people.

Getting to Garden of the Gods RV Resort

Roads into the area are very easy to navigate.  Colorado Springs is right off of a major Interstate (I-25).  and Garden of the Gods RV Resort is just a few miles west of the interstate using state highwyas, and a few blocks of smaller roads.  No steep grades or tight corners in the immediate area. But, Colorado has many steep grades depending on which way you approach from, so do your route planning research.

The intersection where the entrance to the RV Resort is, is an abnormal intersection where the traffic stops a ways back from the light.  This is actually a good thing as it makes the entrance very accessible for large RVs.  Check out the arial  image below for a more visual detail.  

If you do have a large RV, don’t take the lane closest to the office building. We saw somebody with a large RV who ended up doing damage to his RV trying to make the tight turn after checkin.  Also be aware that the road straight up from the checkin is a dead end.  We saw quite a few folks mistakenly drive up that road instead of turning left to their sites.  So pay close attention to how to get to your site, or risk needing to back down the one way, or do some fancy moves to get turned around.

arial view of entrance to Garden of the Gods RV

PROS

  • Proximity to Garden of the Gods and area attractions
  • Nice sized park, and welcoming staff
  • Availability of other accommodations for those without RVs
  • Proximity to stores and conveniences
  • Nice full hook up, gravel sites and paved internal roads

CONS

  • Most of the RV park is on a slight downhill grade, so you might need leveling blocks. Most were able to level without them, but we did see a number of motorhomes with wheels off the ground, after their leveling jacks lifted the vehicle up.

Rates at Garden of the Gods RV Resort

This resort uses a dynamic pricing model, so prices will vary substantially.  You will need to call to check pricing and availability for the specific dates you plan to visit.  Also a factor are the type of stay you are looking for. 

With everything from tent sites, to RV sites, and very nice cottages, there is a wide range of pricing.  Discounts are available for longer stays.  We stayed for two months, so we had a monthly rate. Some guests stay here year round. Monthly and longer stays will also need to pay metered electricity. 

Snow covered RV and Jeep in campground

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Summary

Garden of the Gods RV Resort is a really nice medium sized RV resort. It is in a fantastic location for conveniences of town, and easy access to beautiful outdoor recreation and tourist attractions.  We have stayed here many times over the years, in all different seasons of the year, and definitely look forward to returning. 

We even wrote a blog post about nearby Garden of the Gods park after our first visit, which you can read here.

arial view of Garden of the Gods RV Resort

Contact Information

To find out more or to make a reservation, contact:

Garden of the Gods RV Resort
3704 W. Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Phone: 719.475.9450
Email: gog@rvcoutdoors.com
Website: www.rvcoutdoors.com/garden-of-the-gods

couple eating pizza with Garden of the Gods backdrop

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2 thoughts on “Campground Review: Garden of the Gods RV Resort in Colorado Springs”

  1. This reads like an ad for Garden of the Gods. For the price paid we were very disappointed. This corporation that owns its is NOT keeping it up. Employee turnover is out the roof and customer service is totally forgotten. Yes, the location is perfect but in this case location is not everything. Dirty bath house, grass not being mowed, very low water pressure are just a few of the disappointments. We camped next door to a family that had stayed there for a few months earlier in the year then took a 3 month tour of MO and AR and came back last week for another two month stay and said while they gone for the 3 months the place changed for the worst. If this place doesn’t change we will not be staying there in the future.

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    • We have stayed several times over the years and enjoyed each time. Sorry you were disappointed. That wasn’t our experience. It all comes down to what is most important to you I guess. For us, proximity to the Garden of the Gods is #1, and we don’t use the bath houses as we use the on board facilities in our RV. That said, when we stayed in April/May/June, we found the bath houses to be pristinely clean. We met two managers during the time we were there and found both to be excellent. You did not specify WHEN your last stay was – we arrived in early April 2020 and heard they had just gone through some employee changes/turnover. The new manager was brought in to make some changes and we certainly witnessed that during our stay, and were impressed with their COVID-19 protocols. One thing we have learned over the years is that when it comes to sharing experiences of a campground, it is worthwhile also sharing WHEN that stay took place – as things don’t always stay the same. We did spend 10 weeks there, which is why we shared such a detailed review, as it is the longest stay we have ever had in our RV. Colorado is one of the most challenging states to find campsites in general – especially in prime locations. And Garden of the Gods remains one of our favorites. Re prices – we are observing price increases across the board for RV parks as popularity of RVing rises – they still manage to fill the par at those prices – which indicates there is still a market that will bear that. With all the improvements we witnessed during our stay – new gate on side road, creek improvements complete, upgrading premium sites, new manager, we would hope you would find your next experience to be better. Otherwise, good luck finding somewhere else! Cheers

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