RVC Plans $200,000 Renovation at New Colorado Holding

May 4, 2012 by · Comments Off on RVC Plans $200,000 Renovation at New Colorado Holding 

Andy Cates

Tennessee-based RVC Outdoor Destinations recently bought Garden of the Gods Campground in Colorado Springs, Colo., and plans $200,000 in renovations.

The campground currently has 175 tent and RV sites on 13 acres. A view of Pikes Peak and the proximity to numerous tourist attractions make this a popular destination for travelers, reported.

The property has been bank-owned for the past 18 months, and RVC saw this as an opportunity to expand westward.

“We had been looking for a year to expand in the West, and I had vacationed in and liked Colorado Springs, so when this opportunity became available and met so many of our goals, we jumped at it,” said RVC President Andy Cates. “This property has a great location and has created a lot of wonderful memories for a lot of guests. We see Colorado Springs as a continually growing tourism destination both in the short-term and the long-term.”

RVC focuses on creating and operating high-end outdoor destinations in beautiful, natural environments that also offer popular activities and attractions. The six-year-old company owns six other resorts in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. Their campgrounds provide a variety of lodging options including RV sites, cottages, yurts and tent sites.

“The upgraded camping experience we offer is resonating with guests. It fits with what a lot of people are looking for in a vacation these days because it is unique, affordable and allows guests to enjoy some of America’s most beautiful natural landscapes with amenities that truly make it a destination experience.”

At Garden of the Gods Campground, RVC plans to improve tent sites, resurface pools, refresh painted structures, update landscaping and improve the existing RV sites. They will also renovate existing cabins and add more cabins and RV sites. It will be renamed Garden of the Gods RV Resort. The company plans to complete the initial refurbishment before the busy Memorial Day weekend without interrupting visitors.

Eventually, RVC will offer some of the same upscale amenities as its other properties, including concierge service, dog parks, modern swimming pools, beer and wine bars and free Wi-Fi and cable.

Neither Garden of the Gods Campground website ( nor RVC’s website ( reflects the new ownership, but RVC expects to bring the site under the RVC Outdoor Destination brand by the end of the year.

RVC Outdoor Destinations Buys Colorado Campground

May 1, 2012 by · Comments Off on RVC Outdoor Destinations Buys Colorado Campground 

RVC Outdoor Destinations announced today (May 1) its expansion west with its acquisition of the Garden of the Gods Campground in Colorado Springs, Colo.

According to a news release, the roughly 200-site property is located near the entrance of the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, with views of Pikes Peak, the most visited mountain in North America. The property has been the top RV and outdoor lodging destination in the region but has been under bank ownership since 2010.

RVC has begun stabilizing operations and will begin renovating the property immediately. Renovations 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.

In the coming weeks, RVC will rebrand the property from Garden of the Gods Campground to Garden of the Gods RV Resort, and will reflag it as an RVC Outdoor Destination by the start of 2013.

“The Garden of the Gods acquisition is a terrific addition to our portfolio of upscale outdoor vacation properties,” said Andy Cates, president of RVC Outdoor Destinations. “The upgraded camping experience we offer is resonating with guests. It fits with what a lot of people are looking for in a vacation these days because it is unique, affordable and allows guests to enjoy some of America’s most beautiful natural landscapes with amenities that truly make it a destination experience.”

Site map of Garden of the Gods Campground

In addition to its newly acquired Colorado property, RVC currently operates Outdoor Destinations and RV resorts in Arkansas, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina.

RVC created the Outdoor Destination hospitality model to provide a variety of lodging options, including RV sites, cottages and yurts, all set within unique natural environments. The properties feature amenities, such as concierge service, a ‘bark park’ off-leash area, modern swimming pools, boating and fishing rentals, coffee, beer and wine bars, free Wi-Fi and cable and a gift shop.

About RVC Outdoor Destinations

RVC Outdoor Destinations 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. Memphis, Tenn.-based RVC is redefining the traditional camping experience with its Outdoor Destination concept that provides guests with a comfortable, customizable outdoor vacation through a variety of affordable lodging options, including RV sites, yurts, cabins and cottages. For more information, please visit




Campgrounds Upbeat About Summer Season

May 12, 2009 by · Comments Off on Campgrounds Upbeat About Summer Season 

If early reservations are any indication, the grill won’t be the only thing sizzling at Colorado’s recreational vehicle campgrounds this summer. 

Strong bookings suggest business will be hot this tourist season, say owners of private parks that rent RV hookup sites, tent spaces and cabins, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette

Fueling the optimism are gas prices, which remain more than $1 a gallon lower than they were last year, and the fact that many Coloradans like to hang out around the campfire and want to stay close to home to save money, park owners say. 

This year is shaping up to top Garden of the Gods Campground’s “banner year” of 2007, which saw its highest occupancy rate, said general manager Scott Foos. Reservations are up 30% from 2007 and 20% from last year, he said. 

The campground offers a variety of accommodations, including tent sites for $36 a day, popup-camper sites for $40 a day and a cabin with a bedroom, kitchen, living room and bathroom for $125 per day. 

Because of demand, the 250-site park has a waiting list for vehicles that park on a monthly basis. 

Anchie Fisco, whose family owns Fountain Creek RV Park, also predicts an ample summer turnout, based on increased interest in the campground’s 90 sites for RV parking, tent camping and cabin rentals. 

“Many people don’t want to go too far from home, so we get guests from northern Colorado and the southern states, like Texas,” she said. 

Even Colorado Springs residents frequent nearby parks, said Joyce Mehlhaff, co-owner of Bristlecone Lodge, formerly Town and Country Resort, in Woodland Park. 

“We’re an easy getaway,” she said, “and right now, this summer doesn’t look too bad.” 

Flat Year Anticipated 

Nationwide, RV campgrounds are predicting a flat year, according to Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). 

The organization moved its headquarters to Larkspur, Colo., last year. 

“Considering the economy and the way hotels and motels are doing, we think maintaining last year’s level is good,” she said. 

With 8,000 commercially owned parks in the nation, an estimated 8 million RVs on the road and about 30 million people who camp annually, the competition means owners are willing to reinvest in their facilities, Profaizer said. 

On average, park owners spent $140,000 upgrading last year to draw guests, she said. 

Garden of the Gods just completed about $50,000 worth of improvements, including enhancing three lodging units, Foos said. 

With the shaky economy, Foos said, travelers like that RV campgrounds are generally less expensive than hotels and have such amenities as free Internet connection, game rooms, swimming pools and meals. 

Fountain Creek R.V. Park recently added cabins, patios and free Wi-Fi and cable television services. 

“Even though the economy is tight we still have to show our customers we’re doing our part to earn their business,” Fisco said. “Cleanliness, friendliness and safety also are key.”