Visiting the Manitou Incline in an RV

Rewarding view on the way up The Incline.

Rewarding view on the way up The Incline.

One of the greatest challenges the southern Colorado Springs region has to offer the “The Incline” is a unique and exhausting experience. A must-see for anyone willing and fit enough to complete, regardless of whatever your mode of transportation. That being said, I am here to save you the stress of visiting the incline if you are driving an RV.

We tried to google RV parking for the incline prior to our visit with no luck. We made the bad assumption that there would be plenty of options for parking: WE WERE WRONG. Luckily you’ve stumbled across this article and can learn from our mistakes!

Let’s start from the beginning.

Plugging in the Manitou Incline into your GPS will take you through the heart of the town Manitou Springs. The main strip of this town is beautiful but like any main street, the roads are narrow with cars parked on both sides, be mindful of your RV width when driving through here.

Next, you will begin driving up the steep and narrow road called Ruxton Ave, which leads to the base of the incline. For an RV the only real option for parking at the incline is the gated parking lot on the right hand side at the top of Ruxton Ave. DO NOT drive passed this parking lot in attempt to find free parking: we did this and ended up getting stuck with our RV (and we are only 25 feet long!). The gated parking lot is not too wide as well, be sure to get out and be sure that you will fit through the gate and the narrow turns of the parking lot.

very detailed image of only parking option for an rv

very detailed image of only parking option for an rv

Once in the lot, there a couple larger parking spots for smaller RVs (fingers crossed that no one has parked in them already). After the hike, the exit of the parking lot is quite steep and again, narrow. This leads you Ruxton Ave which you take back down the way you came.

Other than this semi RV-friendly lot, your best options (especially if you have a large rig) are to take an Uber or taxi from your campground or parking spot.

Hope this saved you some of the headaches we had! Follow us @SunnySideUpTraveling for more RV lessons learned from our cross country journey!