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South Meadows Campground

Capacity: 650 People
Elevation: 8,000 Feet (2493.8 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 65
Reservation Contact: National Reservation System: 877-444-6777
Reservation Remarks: Reservations can bemade 240 days prior to your arrival with a $8.65 reservation fee. There is a 2-night minimum if your reservations are for either Friday or Saturday night. This will not apply to sites not on the reservation system.
Reservation Status: Accepted for Selected Sites



South Meadows Campground Reservations



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General Description

South Meadows Campground is located in the Manitou Park Recreation Area north of Woodland Park. It has 64 camp sites to accommodate campers at least 30' long. The elevation is 8,000'. The camping season is year-round and the user fee is $12.00 per night per site. This campground has paved roads and pads. All areas have tables, fire grates, potable water, vault toilets and garbage collection.

Many of the visitors to these campgrounds use them as a base from
which they visit the many attractions in the area which range from Pikes
Peak to the Air Force Academy to the Garden of the Gods. Manitou Lake is a 34-acre reservoir where the entire family can enjoy fishing and hiking. Motorboats and swimming are not permitted, because of the easy access to this area and its popularity. Fishing occurs year-round in the reservoir along with Trout Creek for those who prefer stream fishing. An asphalt-surfaced bicycle trail #699, approximately 4.2 miles long connects all of the campgrounds and the picnic ground; an enjoyable event for kids of all ages.

RV dump station located at Pike Community Group Area has both potable and non-potable water. It may be closed down after Labor Day. South Meadows and Manitou Lake are open year-round. This area gets heavy use during spring, summer, and fall; light use during winter.


Directions from Colorado Springs: Drive west on Highway 24 for 18 miles to Woodland Park. Turn right on to Highway 67 and travel north 7 miles to South Meadows Campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: January through December (NOTE: South Meadows and Manitou Lake are open year-round. All areas have tables, fire grates, potable water, vault toilets and garbage collection.) .



Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
single-unit campsite Call for Current Fee All areas have tables, fire gr



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: L. King (Aurora, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: South Meadows campground was a very pleasant cg. Even on Saturday the cg was full and it did not seem crowded. The sites are nice and big. There is a nice little path on the backside that leads to a beaver pond.
Conditions: All of the campgrounds in this area are pleasant - I drove around Colorado and the Painted Rocks cg's and recommend them both as well.
Water Availability: As with most NP campgrounds water is available at the faucet near the vault toilets.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Tent Camping South Meadows Campground
Yes
ICON Trailer Camping South Meadows Campground
Yes
ICON Camping South Meadows Campground
Yes
ICON Family Camping South Meadows Campground
Yes
ICON RV Camping South Meadows Campground
Yes
ICON Fishing South Meadows Campground - Manitou Park Lake, Trout Creek
Yes
ICON Ice Fishing Manitou Park Lake
No
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Painted Rocks Road, Rule Ridge Road, Lower Johns Gulch Road, Hotel Gulch Road
No
ICON Group Picnicking Manitou Lake Picnic Ground
No
ICON Hiking & Walking Manitou Lake Trail
No
ICON Horseback Riding Painted Rocks Road, Rule Ridge Road, Lower Johns Gulch Road, Hotel Gulch Road
No
ICON Plant Identification Manitou Lake Trail
No
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Manitou Park Lake
No
ICON Mountain Biking Painted Rocks Road, Rule Ridge Road, Lower Johns Gulch Road, Hotel Gulch Road
No
ICON ATV Riding Painted Rocks Road, Rule Ridge Road, Lower Johns Gulch Road, Hotel Gulch Road
No
ICON Motorcycle Riding Painted Rocks Road, Rule Ridge Road, Lower Johns Gulch Road, Hotel Gulch Road
ICON Canoeing Manitou Park Lake
No
ICON Picnicking Manitou Lake Picnic Ground
No
ICON Scenic Driving Highway 67
Yes
ICON Sail Boarding Manitou Lake
No



Related Activities
Colorado Campground - Colorado Campground is located in the Manitou Park Recreation Area. This campground is often used as a base to visit the many attractions in the Colorado Springs region.

Manitou Lake Family Picnic Ground - Manitou Lake Picnic Ground is located in the Manitou Park Recreation Area north of Woodland Park. Forty-two picnic sites are available as well as a pavilion for group outings.

Manitou Park Lake Trail - Manitou Lake Trail, #670, encircles the 34-acre reservoir and is open to hikers and mountain bikers. It's a short trail with little elevation gain. It makes a good turnaround for individuals riding the Centennial Trail.

Painted Rocks Campground - Painted Rocks Campground is located in the Manitou Park Recreation Area north of Woodland Park. It has 18 camp sites to accommodate campers at least 30' long.

Pike Community Group Site - The Pike Community Group Campground is located 5.3 miles north of Woodland Park on Colorado Highway 67. This area is developed for group camping but may be reserved for day use at the overnight use rate.

Red Rocks Group Site - The Red Rocks Group Campground is located 4 miles north of Woodland Park on Colorado Highway 67. This area is developed for group camping but may be reserved for day-use at the overnight-use rate.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Cripple Creek Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 650 , Cripple Creek, CO, 80813, Phone: 800-526-8777

Links to other sites:
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com

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