Campground Review: U.S. Air Force Academy – COLORADO

Campground/RV Park: U.S. Air Force Academy Peregrine Pines FamCamp (military only or must be military-sponsored)
Location: U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO    (719) 333-4980

Date(s) Stayed: 8/20/15 – 9/9/15
Length of Stay: 16 days
Site #: 80 (Pull-Through)
Cost per night (with taxes): $23 day
Discount Used:  None
Connections: 50 amp FHU’s
Stars:  3.5
U.S. Air Force Academy Peregrine Pines FamCamp is located on the U.S. Air Force Academy. It’s accessible from I-25 at exit 156.  When you arrive at the entrance gate, be aware of serpentine entrance onto the base.  Military and DOD Identification cards are mandatory. (Note: For nonmilitary family members attending family weekends and Academy events through their Cadet, you will need proper documentation of valid driver’s license, current vehicle registration and insurance.)

 

 

There is another entrance after the main entrance which may or may not be manned.  The Air Force Academy Peregrine Pines FamCamp is approximately 8 miles from the main gate.  There is no diesel fuel on the base so plan accordingly for your vehicle/RV fill-ups.

Reservations

Reservations are accepted 60 days prior (90 days for Active Duty) and are only for 30 days maximum.  Only per night fees charged; no weekly or monthly rate(s).  Winter Long Term Rates available. You’ll need to call their office (see above) for info.

Amenities

The Air Force Academy Peregrine Pines FamCamp is located in the woods under many pine trees.  Sites are sandy dirt with some grass if you’re lucky. We had to relevel twice after rain and settling because the surface is soft.  Most of the sites are shady and ample spaced however, the layout of the campground is odd.

Its difficult to figure out what is a road and what is a site.  Maneuvering is somewhat a challenge for big rigs because of all the trees.  The site map shows sites 41-105 are 50 amp and sites 1-40 are 30amp sites.  The laundry and bath houses were clean and tidy however dated. Dumpsters were located nearby.

There is a large picnic pavilion facility right before entrance to the campground.  Its busy on weekends during the warm months for private parties/organizations.
The sites are nicely spaced and most are big rig friendly.
There is a sandbox playground nearby as well as pavilion for large family picnics. The campground has windy roads that are perfect for strolls.

 

 

Personal fire pits must be approved by the camp staff/host.  They have fire pits to rent at $5/day.  No clothes lines permitted.  No more than 2 vehicles allowed per campsite.  Quiet hours are 10:00pm-7:00am.

 

Base MP’s made regular security rounds.

 

Things to be aware of:

We recommend not leaving ANY food out. There have been reports of bears and mountain lions in the area.  Also, do not leave your dogs or cats out unattended and we highly recommend making noise when exiting your RV or walking the campground at night.  There are dumpsters with secure closures within walking distances to sites.

Not a safety issue but a nuisance, we’d like to warn you that depending on time of year, pine pitch (tree sap) that drips from the pine trees above. When I say that ‘it rains pine pitch’, I’m not kidding. It drips on lateral surfaces (ie. picnic tables, roof, slide roof, awnings, etc.), falls everywhere! It’s on the picnic tables, benches and and our own camp chairs. It’s even made a mess of the RV roof  and steps of our former toyhauler. We were there in the late summer, so keep that in mind if you plan to stay there.

Be advised that there is a railroad track that runs near the northern side of the campground. When we were there in 2015, the trains signaled all during sleeping hours. We were told it was intended to scare wildlife away from the tracks.

Lastly, sites are hard to come by during holiday weekends, holidays and football season so we recommend taking that in considerations by making your reservations early. Air Force Academy family members have reservations months in advance. This also pertains to the Academy’s family weekends.

Our review

U.S. Air Force Academy Peregrine Pines FamCamp is typical of military FamCamps.  The price is great compared to other campgrounds in the Colorado Springs area.  We would definitely stay at the Air Force Academy Peregrine Pines FamCamp again but for only for very short stays.

Check out our other local campground reviews…

Haggard’s RV Park – Pueblo, Colorado

Mountaindale Campground – Colorado Springs

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