Fear not, first-time campers. Hone your skills in the comforts of a controlled environment.

Kinship Landing's Camp Deck in Colorado Springs
Sam Starr Media
Kinship Landing's Camp Deck in Colorado Springs

We know it can be scary to venture off into the outdoors for the first time ever, whether you’re pitching a tent on dunes by the beach or cozying up on a mattress in the back of your car near the woods.

If you’re ready to embark on your first outdoor adventure, but you’re not sure 1. How to even pitch a tent or 2. What we’re even talking about when we suggest sleeping on a mattress in the back of your car, never fear. A Colorado hotel wants to teach you how to camp in the friendly confines of a deck overlooking the renowned Rocky Mountains summit, Pikes Peak.

Kinship Landing's Camp Deck in Colorado Springs
Kinship Landing’s Camp Deck in Colorado Springs

Richard Seldomridge

It all starts on the fourth-floor Camp Deck at Kinship Landing in downtown Colorado Springs, where you’ll be taught how to pitch a tent, make a bonfire, roast s’mores on that fire, and more. Then the true test begins. You’ll head out to a nearby campsite—yes, in the actual outdoors—to test out your newfound skills in the wilderness.

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Don’t worry, you’ll be assigned a local expert and outdoor guide upon your arrival at the hotel. You’ll be provided with a tent, sleeping bags and pads, a stove and cookware, backpack, bear keg, and food. One night will be spent honing your skills; the second night will take place out under the stars.

Kinship Landing's Camp Deck in Colorado Springs
Cheers to your newfound skills before heading out into the wilderness.

Sam Starr Media

The hotel’s team says the location will be picked after a consultation, but the Crags Campground is one possibility. This first-come, first-served site opens in late May and is located near the base of Pikes Peak. It’s also close to the start of hikes including Crags Trail and Devil’s Playground Trail.

Ready to get your camping on? Call the concierge at Kinship Landing at (719) 203-9309, at least a month in advance. Rates start at $1,250.

Kinship Landing in Colorado Springs
Kinship Landing in Colorado Springs

Richard Seldomridge


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