Date of Stay: June, 2016 & July, 2016
710 Rock Creek Canyon Rd, Colorado Springs, CO
www.campingincoloradosprings.com — (719) 576-0450
$33.00 – night for 30/50 amp, FHUs (Rates vary depending on type of site, ask about weekly & monthly rates)
Please note that rates may have changed since our visit…
Golden Eagle is located near the Fort Carson Army Base, about 10 miles southwest of downtown Colorado Springs. Off of Hwy 115, the right turn leading to the park is identified by its iconic symbol of a large sculptured insect at the top of the hill. (Golden Eagle is also home to the May Natural History Museum of Tropical Insects.)
Once registered, a sharp right turn leads up the narrow road to your site. I have read reviews of people complaining about the tight turn and road, but we made it easily in our 4-door Dodge towing a 35’ fifth wheel. You do have to swing wide and move slow, though.
Once up top, you’ll find the grounds are a little more primitive than some private parks. We liked that! The roads and sites are mainly dirt/rock and are somewhat unlevel… nothing you can’t fix with a couple of leveling blocks, though. The hook-ups are a little difficult to understand because two sites share one electric pole with one of the sewer drains next to the pole and the other on the opposite side of the second site. This leaves one of the campsites with either the electric plug or the sewer connection on the wrong side. But we were able to run our sewer hose under the RV to easily reach the drainage point. (The office offers extension sewer hoses and electric extensions/adaptors for free. But be aware, a $100 charge will be applied to your credit card if not returned).
Not complaining about the hookups, though. We loved this campground! The sites are spacious and mostly shaded. There are clean bathhouses located at each end of the park and a coin operated laundry facility.
Plus, for $6.00/day, you can fish at the stocked private pond without having to obtain a state permit.
The staff is extra friendly and a truck is driven around in the evenings selling firewood for your personal campfire ring. I think we really enjoyed our stay because it finally felt like we were “camping”. Prior to living full time in our fifth wheel, our camping experiences were in the state campgrounds of New Mexico. We were ready for that kind of primitive, outdoorsy, “real” camping kind of feel, but with WI-FI. (Come on, don’t judge!) Something you can’t always get at state and national parks.
Speaking of WI-FI, it is free at Golden Eagle and works fairly well. As with most parks, the office asks that you just use it for browsing and not for any streaming or gaming services.
The campground is big with 250 sites, some of which are seasonal or permanent residences. While I have read on other reviews that the “locals” keep junk lying around, I didn’t notice any problem with them. Those sites are mainly in the back area of the campground, seemed well kept and the people we talked to were quite friendly. Maybe we just have a more laid back attitude about it since we too are living in our RV!
A real advantage is that there are so many things to do in the Colorado Springs area! Check out Visit Colorado Springs to find what type of adventure bests suites you. You can go zip lining at the Royal Gorge, ride the cog railway to Pikes Peak, white water raft at Echo Canyon River or go for a less adventurous route with a tour of the Olympic Training Center, a climb up the Seven Falls stairway, or meet Santa at the North Pole. And a hike or drive through the Garden of the Gods is such a wonder to see.
While there are too many to list here, Colorado Springs seems to have something for everyone. And all these are short drives from the Golden Eagle Campground without having to stay in the city.
As mentioned earlier, the May Natural History Museum of Tropical Insects is located in the office building. It boasts having the world’s largest private insect collection and for a small fee you can view the collection and an educational video. Kids really seem to like it!
We enjoyed our stay at Golden Eagle so much that we booked another week over the 4th of July. We were lucky to get it!