We're outgoing, fun and friendly, but also value our privacy. When we travel, we tend to keep to ourselves and try to always be the quiet and respectful folks in the campground. We are hard-working professionals who love our mountain home in the central Colorado gold mining district of Cripple Creek, about an hour west of Colorado Springs, and an hour north of Canon City. We have a passion for adventure travel and are always up for trying new things and seeing new places. We're into camping, of course, but also hiking with our dogs, exploring in our UTV, nature photography, riding trains, geocaching, doing zip lines, cruising to the Caribbean, and spending hours soaking away our cares in the many hot springs around Colorado.
We aren't ready for the full-time RV lifestyle, but we do want to hit the road more often, so we want to save for retirement by boondocking. Since we live in a beautiful historic part of the Rockies, on several acres with views of town, we thought it would be fun to share our land with fun, laid-back and respectful boondockers who want to visit Pikes Peak, the gold mining district and Royal Gorge. And, since Susie is in tourism and Greg is a local history buff, we can point you in the direction of the best things to see and do.
NOTE: We had a second BW location at a business in Canon City, which was Susie's former employer. The neutral reviews and those that mention a parking lot are NOT at the Gold Camp location, which is in Cripple Creek. We no longer manage the Canon City boondocking spot.
Greg is very handy doing just about everything. He is into woodworking, electronics, can fix plumbing, build stuff, and he makes great popcorn. Susie is into local tourism and can give travel advice on cool things to see and do, recommended restaurants, and more within a 50 mile radius.
Yep, we're dog people. Big dog people, to be exact. We live and travel with two outgoing and friendly dogs - Elvis, a Lab-sized rescued mutt, and Parker, a rescued mutt. They are very energic and love to run at the beach, dog parks, etc, but are well-behaved on leash, and they're generally really quiet when left snoozing in our truck's camper. We are strict pet parents, keep them leashed or on tie-down, don't put up with shenanigans, and always clean up after them. At home, they have a fenced yard where they stay on patrol, watching for wildlife and chasing birds.
Cottonwood Lake, just outside Buena Vista, Colorado. So beautiful!
Cripple Creek, Colorado at about 9,600 feet. Literally, the middle of the state.
Arrived late, employee seemed uninformed but directed us to a parking lot across the street. We’re not sure it was the right place but worked for our 6hr sleeping stay.
Good place for a quick overnight. Right in town but sleep well
Very grateful for the opportunity to rest during my stay in Cañon City, visits to Royal Gorge and the area restaurants were highlights of my Stay.
Host was so helpful and freely shared knowledge about the surrounding area. Wide open and level parking lot was very easy to come and go from.
Be sure to book early to take advantage of what RoyalGorge.info has to offer!
Great host, and an awesome place to park with fantastic views of the town. I highly recommend!
I had the choice of parking spaces in a large level lot, and being in town it was very convenient for visiting Cañon City. The hosts were very accommodating and gave some great info on things to do and see while in the area.
We were provided great instructions before arrival and once parked, our hosts offered many suggestions for local dining, things to do and places to see on a late afternoon. The parking lot was very spacious (plenty of room for our 40-foot Class A motor home and tow vehicle without unhooking) and nestled in a neighborhood so very quiet at night! We slept with the windows open since generators are not allowed during the evening hours (neighbors close by) and it was super comfortable and again, very quiet.
If you are looking for an overnight stay near Royal Gorge or just a convenient stop along the journey to your next destination, this is a great choice!!!
packed before 5 pm. Empty lot after 5 as described by our host. Quiet good nights sleep. Thanks again
As noted in the host description, this is in the back part of a parking lot for a rafting company. It is a busy parking lot during weekend days but clears up in the evening and is very quiet. Even when busy, the parking spot where you will park is clear for you.
Very convenient to our visit to Royal
Hosts were responsive by text.
We enjoyed a quiet and peaceful stay at Royal Gorge Adventures. We arrived a little before 6 PM and the parking lot was nearly empty. The evening turned out to be very pleasant due to clouds and a nice breeze. There was some traffic noise, but not enough to disturb our sleep. We would be happy to stay there again.
Thank you for the opportunity to stay at your sight. This spot is close to everything only thing bad was it was very hot 🥵. Thank you!
I want to thank the host for providing me with a place to stay for a couple of nights. It is a nice place to stay near the downtown area. The host was kind and offered to help with any needs I may have.
Easy in and out and the location was perfect for getting my to do list completed. It was fun to watch all of the rafters arrive and their excitement at spending the day on the river.
Incredible hosts and very helpful. We've stayed here a couple times and canine creek never disappoints. We felt so welcomed - and welcome - during our time here. Nice, safe, restful stay during these crazy and chaotic times. The daily parade of deer and wildlife is the cherry on top!
I felt the "aaahhh" set in as soon as I was parked! Perfect hosts and a perfect spot to rest up after way too much cycling and hiking activity!
Fast response and willing to accomodate a last minute stay! This was a safe spot off the main drag in Canon City. Relatively quiet for in the city. As owners state, this is a business parking lot. So it can get busy in the early AM with rafters arriving. Be sure to park in a spot you can get out easily once the parking lot fills up!
Very accommodating, level parking on concrete lot. Easy in, easy out.
At 5:30 in the evening, we realized we were going to need a spot to stay. Within half an hour, Royal gorge adventures answered our call and approved our stay. We stayed in a quiet back lot and he even allowed us to fill our water tank. A great host.
Peaceful place to park for the night, we got there early enough to cook out on our blackstone and have a nice dinner outside our rig, beautiful evening.
Spot was fairly level and easy in and out.
The parking lot was as described and no problems at all finding it or parking. Had people lurking around camper in the middle of the night so we packed up and let in the middle of the night and left. May have been an innocent situation but we felt safer leaving. Overall is was quite and easy in and out.
They were very nice to us. We needed some work done on our bike rack and they provided us some recommendation and offered to let us stay as long as required to get work done. Thanks
Enjoyed our stay and meeting the owners. We have a big rig and it was very easy! Quiet and peaceful!
This is the second time I’ve stayed here, great spot for in town and just off the highway. The hosts are excellent communicators. I parked next to the grassy spot where I saw deer grazing in the morning last year. Thanks for the wonderful spot to spend the night!
This was a great place to stay to visit the area. All communication was very fast and positive. We went on an awesome whitewater rafting trip as well as a super fun and informative train ride thanks to their recommendations. Every person we encountered on this trip was delightful! We will be back! Thanks!
Driving directions a little confusing Due to road work . Never met either host ~ all contact done by text or phone. Site was great.. Large grassy site~ They invited us to park on grass. Dogs loved it.
Would definitely stay again if in the area.
A great level shaded site. Friendly and helpful hosts. The town has many nice restaurants, nice parks and museums. A great river with walking trails. Royal Gorge Adventures offers Rafting Tours and Jeep Trail Rides. Save some time to schedule a memorable adventure
Nice level parking lot. Susie gave us an excellent recommendation for where to watch the sunset over the gorge and we went rafting with their company the next morning. So much fun!
Such an interesting town and wonderful hosts! Many many thanks!
Thanks so much for a safe place to stay while we checked out the area! We had a great time and it was a perfect place to stay! Thanks for everything!
For us, traveling with our fur kids, it's not always easy finding a place to park overnight. So finding Caninecreek was a gift from the universe!
Although this location was located right in town, this Native Wyoming gal was pleasantly surprised at how quiet it got after the businesses closed for the evening.
I awoke feeling grateful knowing there are still some very incredibly giving souls among all the chaos we sometimes experience!
Life is useful when you find like-minded souls!
We are truly blessed!
What a pleasant break from the daytime temperature of 104 degrees to overnight in the cool Colorado mountain air once again.
Thank you you two for allowing us to overnight in your parking lot. It was not only quiet, but peaceful.
When I drove in and saw the panoramic view from where I was instructed to park (next to a big pine tree and a picnic table), my first thought was "no way"! The site is up on a hill looking down on the quaint little mining town. A couple of foxes and a deer came by. During the night it was quiet - very quiet except the sound of church bells ringing far off in the distance. I laughed when I looked out after dark and saw the lights of mainstreet - casinos! During the day I could hear the local resident burros "honking" and a church bell marking the hour and half hour and the whistle of the train. What a perfect spot! Susie is the perfect hostess - and over (red) wine with her and her husband, she shared recommendations for my little old 15-year-old Beagle and I. She knows the history and the scoop on just about anything you'd want or need to know about where to go and what to do within 100 miles and we actually did just about everything she gave us tips on - dog park, hikes, Bluegrass Festival, a scenic route to the Gorge, what bakery to stop at. I stayed longer than I had planned and departing was bittersweet as I felt like I was leaving a visit with an old friend. But I made a new one!
This is a quiet location in the city. Very close to local attractions, lots of places to eat and shop. The site was level. The host is unbeatable and offered many wonderful ideas for activities and places to eat. Even helped to find the best places to park when we enjoyed a wonderful train ride. The company also offers many other fun activities. Thank you for a great stay!
Our hosts were so gracious and welcoming. They offered great advice on local attractions and activities and even had brochures for us. The site was perfect with great views of the town and surrounding areas. It was so peaceful and quiet and was very level. Thank you for a great first boondocking experience!
We stayed at royal gorge adventures and had a very good experience. The owner came to greet us (even though it was after hours) It was a quiet and clean place to park. Our generator was allowed so we could make dinner. We headed out first thing in the morning To beat the weather (snow storm was approaching). We wish we could have stayed longer and taken a Jeep tour! Oh well, next time!
We enjoyed our stay at this boondocker location! It was very quite and we loved the visiting deers in the morning. The location is great, close to everything. We will definitely come back and enjoy some of the many adventures offered. Thank you so much for your generous hospitality!
We had a very nice stay after visiting the Colorado Springs area. Easy to find and easy to get parked in, the host stopped by for a quick visit after we got set up . We would have liked to spend more time in the area but a storm was moveing in so we left early the next morning . Definitely would stay here agian if we are in the area.
This was a great place to park for the night, a concrete pad with a grassy area next to it to walk the dog. Far enough from the street and highway to get away from the noise. As I write this, 5 deer showed up to graze in the grass.
We were honored to be the first Boondockers at Caninecreek! Susie was great with communication and provided us with lots of information for local attractions. We enjoyed talking with Greg and learning some of the local history of Cripple Creek and the gold mines. Beautiful views, woke up to deer feeding nearby, and heard the local donkeys as they meandered past in the evening. Will definitely request another stay if we happen to be through the area again!