Located in the arid, high desert East of the Rocky Mountains Lake Pueblo is a blue jewel among the dun-colered mesas. The park itself is large, with multiple campgrounds. Some of the sites are close enough to easily walk to the lake for some fishing from the bank without. There are nice, shaded picnic tables at just about every campsite and there are two buildings with washers/dryers at one of the campgrounds. Finding park staff to help with an issue is almost impossible. For campers who drive in without a reservation it is an honor system check-in because there are no rangers to help you out. At the entrance to each of the campgrounds there is a building where campers are to stop and fill out info cards, stuff money in an envelope and then drop said envelope into a designated slot. You put $20.00 in one envelope for camping and $7.00 in another for a day use fee. You are expected to hike or drive up to the empty ranger station each day of your stay to repeat this ritual because they don't allow for more than one day stay on their envelopes. There is only electric at the sites, to dump or get water you have to pack up your RV and drive to the dump/water station. You will have electric only so long as a prairie dog (numerous in the area) doesn't decide to gnaw through one of the buried power cables as happened while we were there. Great place to stay if you love fishing. The campground fills up and gets noisy on weekends and the trails to hike are barren and hot, no shade.
This campground is a treasure. With miles of hiking trails, stunning views of the plains to the East and the Rocky Mountains to the North and West it has a lot going for it. There is a small lake they keep stocked with several species of trout. Fishing from a granite rock on the shore of the lake will provide some memorable moments for any family that loves to fish together. The campground is spacious with a lot of sites to choose from. Campfires are permitted and firewood is available at the office. Wildlife abounds in the RV park. Turkeys run through, rabbits, deer and more can be seen as well. The May Museum of Natural History is at the bottom of the hill where the RV office is located. This museum houses one of the world's most comprehensive insect collections. It has to be seen to be believed. The insects are from all over the world and include specimens of some of the world's most stunningly beautiful butterflies. Between the miles of hiking trails, the peace and quiet, the incredible natural history museum and the park's close proximity to Colorado Springs/Pike's peak and more there is much to like. My wife and I will be back for sure.
This is one of my favorite RV parks to visit. It is far enough away from Hwy. 50 that road noise isn't much of an issue. The sites are clean and well kept. There are plenty of trails to hike inside the park and there some spectacular views of the Royal Gorge from some of the sites. The park itself is quiet, the owner friendly and hard working. My wife and I have stayed here for several days two years in a row and I have been impressed each time by how hard the owner works to make the park a great place to visit. I enjoy the park not just for the trails and the peace and quiet, but for the wildlife. In addition to an occasional elk that wanders through there are a number of species of beautiful birds that enjoy the park's trees and bushes and sing all day long. If you're looking for a quiet, well kept park where you can relax and watch the rock walls of the Royal Gorge change colors as the sun sets, this is your kind of park.