East Ridge Campground
East Ridge Campground is located 20 minutes west of Cañon City and is open year-round. An informational kiosk structure and self-service iron ranger pay system have been installed as well as an additional parking area for day use outside the campground boundaries. There are twenty-three newly constructed and designated campsites! Each campsite is individually numbered and includes either a trailer and/or tent site, fire pit, and picnic table. The campground has two vault toilet facilities and there are no electrical hookups or potable water.
From this campsite area in the Royal Gorge Park, you’ll be treated to views of Cañon City and the surrounding park area, where you can hike or bike along the 22 miles of surrounding trails. The truly adventurous can get to town via the Royal Cascade Trail–a 3.6-mile trail that descends 1,800 feet and connects to Tunnel Drive Trail near town.
East Ridge Campground Camping Fees
The Eastridge Campground at the Royal Gorge Park is a paysite as of January 1, 2021 at the rate of $20.00 per night. Fees from camping help pay for campsite improvements, campground monitoring (especially necessary during fire bans), and general maintenance.
Campsites at Eastridge Campground can be reserved online from April 1st through October 31st via Campspot or in person at the campground. From November 1st through March 31st, the reservation system is closed and campsites are walk-in only; first come, first served.
Red Canyon Park
Red Canyon Park Map (PDF)
Enjoy the region’s own red rock formations when you camp in this unique area. Dispersed camping, vault toilets, fire rings, some picnic tables, no water. Four camping areas are located about 10.5 miles and 20 minutes north of town on Red Canyon Road (CR9). Open year-round. (Free)
Temple Canyon Park
Located adjacent to the Temple Canyon trail that takes you to delightful Grape Creek and beyond The Temple. Dispersed camping, vault toilets, fire rings, some picnic tables, no water. Two camping areas spread apart to allow you to enjoy the solitude of this area located 8 miles southwest of Cañon City. Open year-round. (Free)