New GoG campground owner to start ‘immediate’ renovations
The Garden of the Gods Campground, 3704 W. Colorado Ave., has been sold to a company in Memphis, Tenn., that specializes in “high-quality outdoor resort properties.”
In a press release, RVC Outdoor Destinations describes the campground as “the top RV and outdoor lodging destination in the region” and pledges to “begin renovating the property immediately. Reno-vations will include an overall upgrade of the property and its amenities, including enhancing tent sites and incorporating them into current on-property cabins for a unique camping experience, resurfacing pools, improving existing RV sites and adding eight new, concrete RV sites.”
RVC plans to rename the campground Garden of the Gods RV Resort and “re-flag it as an RVC Outdoor Destination by the start of 2013,” the release adds.
Located just north of Colorado Avenue and Fountain Creek, with the entrance off Columbia Road, the roughly 13-acre parcel straddles the city limit line between Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs.
The campground was developed incrementally over a 38-year span by Westside-based builder Chuck Murphy, who sold it to a California-based company in 2006. In a Westside Pioneer article June 15, 2006, he said its amenities included 300 campsites, 23 motel units, 17 camper cabins, 2 swimming pools and a pavilion with room for 200 people.
Before the sale, Murphy granted Colorado Springs an easement for the Midland Trail through the property along the north side of Fountain Creek.
The California company, operating locally as Garden of the Gods Campground LLC, lost the business to a bank, also in California, which has run the park since 2010, the RVC release states.
RVC now has six resort facilities (three in Florida and one each in Arkansas, Georgia and North Carolina), the release adds. “The company develops, owns and operates a portfolio of high-quality outdoor hospitality properties located within some of the country's most beautiful natural settings and offering upscale services and amenities.” Its website is rvcoutdoors.com.
Westside Pioneer article