South Park Areas

Blue Mountain Campground

  

Blue Mountain Campground is located 1.5 miles S of Lake George off CR96 and CR61.  It has 21 campsites with parking spurs 16-40 feet and a maximum trailer length of 25 feet; elevation is 8,200 feet. 

Directions

From Lake George turn off of Highway 24 onto County Road 96.  Follow the road for about 1 mile toward Elevenmile Canyon and take a right at the fork onto County Road 61.  The campground is just up the way on the right. 

Parking Each campsite can accommodate up to two vehicles.

Tent camping There are 21 campsites at this campground.

Camping trailer There are 21 campsites at this campground.

More Details call:South Park Ranger District 719 836-2031

Buffalo Peaks Wilderness - East side

  

Buffalo Peaks Wilderness offers a great variety of recreational opportunities.  There are many miles of trail in or near the wilderness area and all wilderness regulations apply.  Trails in the wilderness area are for foot traffic only and not open to motorized vehicles or bicycles. 

  • Weston Pass Campground is located adjacent to Buffalo Peaks Wilderness on the east side.  It is a first come, first served campground.  

  • Buffalo Springs Campground is closer to US Highway 285 but only about three miles from the wilderness. It can be reserved at Recreation.gov

The east side of Buffalo Peaks Wilderness is located in Pike National Forest and the west side is located in San Isabel National Forest.

Directions:

Access to Buffalo Peaks Wilderness can be made a number of ways.  It is recommended that you have a Pike National Forest Map, San Isabel National Forest Map, USGS, and/or National Geographic Trails Illustrated topograhical map for detailed information about getting into, being in, and getting out of the wilderness area.

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

  • Buffalo Springs Campground

  • Weston Pass Campground

Weston Pass Campground is located adjacent to Buffalo Peaks Wilderness on the east side.  It is a first come, first served campground.  Buffalo Springs Campground is closer to US Highway 285 but only about three miles from the wilderness.   It can be reserved at Recreation.gov.

Dispersed Camping

Recreation areas with activity Dispersed Camping:

  • Buffalo Peaks Trailhead

  • Lynch Creek Trailhead

  • North Salt Creek Trailhead

  • Rich Creek Trail

  • Salt Creek Trail

Buffalo Springs Campground

Buffalo Springs Campground is located 12.5 miles south of Fairplay on FS 431.  It has 18 campsites with parking spurs 24-40 feet and a maximum trailer length of 30 feet; elevation is 9,000 feet.

Buffalo Springs Campground is an ideal setting for biking, hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing. Wilderness restrictions apply in nearby Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. 

Directions:

From Fairplay, CO take Highway 285 south for about 12.5 miles, just 3 miles past County Road 22 turnoff. Turn right onto Forest Road 431 and continue one mile to campground.

Weston Pass Campground

Weston Pass Campground is located adjacent to Buffalo Peaks Wilderness on the east side. It has 14 campsites with a maximum trailer length of 25 feet; elevation is 10,200 feet.  

Facilities include toilets, tables, and fire rings.  There is no water or trash service at this campground. You must pack everything out.


Directions:

From Fairplay, CO travel south on US 285 for about five miles and turn right onto County Road 5.  County Road

5 will turn into County Road 22 and the campground will be on your left a few miles down County Road 22.

Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area

Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area is located below the dam of the Eleven Mile Reservoir near Lake George in the southeast corner of South Park.  The narrow, dirt road traversing the canyon used to be the old Colorado Midland Railroad bed before the dam and reservoir were constructed. Unlike the reservoir area, which has an open basin and rangeland type topography, the canyon itself is forested, lush, and rocky. 

Eleven Mile Canyon cuts through the plain holding the South Platte River in its rocky bottom. As the river is unleashed from the dam above, its twists and crashes against huge boulders lining the canyon floor. A canopy of large trees provides a screen of shade that floats across the canyon with the moving sun. Eleven Mile Canyon is an unexpected paradise.

Directions:

From Lake George, CO at US Highway 24 take County Road 96 south. After two miles veer right at the fork to stay on 96.  

The entrance station to the canyon is staffed seasonally during the day and a self-service station also available for use during closed hours and the off-season. 

Eleven Mile Canyon is open and generally accessible year round; however, services are limited during the winter months. 

Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

  • Cove Campground

  • Riverside Campground

  • Spillway Campground

  • Springer Gulch Campground

Cove Campground, Riverside Campground, Spillway Campground, and Springer Gulch Campground are located within Eleven Mile Canyon. 

Cove Campground

Cove Campground is located 7 miles SW of Lake George on CR 96, in Eleven Mile Canyon, below the reservoir  The campground  has four campsites with parking spurs 25-34 feet; elevation is 9,900 feet

                              

Directions:

From Lake George turn off of Highway 24 onto County Road 96.  Follow the road for about one mile into Elevenmile Canyon.  Cove Campground is located approximately four miles in the canyon on the right.

Riverside Campground

  

Riverside Campground is located 2 miles SW of Lake George, on CR 96.  It has 18 campsites (some walk in) with parking spurs 30-90 feet and a maximum trailer length of 30 feet.  Elevation is 8,000 feet.

 

Directions:

From Lake George, turn off Highway 24 onto County Road 96.  Follow the road for about one mile into Eleven Mile Canyon.  Riverside Campground is located on the left side not far from Eleven Mile Canyon entrance.

Spillway Campground

  

Spillway Campground is located 10 miles SW of Lake George in Eleven Mile Canyon.  It has 23 campsites with parking spurs 20-45 feet and a maximum trailer length of 25 feet; camping season begins in May and continues to early October with reduced service. 

Directions:

From Lake George turn off of Highway 24 onto County Road 96.  Follow the road for about one mile into Eleven Mile Canyon.  Spillway Campground is the last campground in Eleven Mile Canyon near the dam

Parking is available at each campsite which can accommodate up to two vehicles.

Springer Gulch Campground

  

Springer Gulch Campground is located 7 miles SW of Lake George on CR96 in Eleven Mile Canyon.  It has 15 campsites with parking spurs 20-28 feet and a maximum trailer length of 25 feet; camping season begins in May and continues to early October with reduced service.   Facilities include toilets, tables, water, and fire rings.


Directions:

From Lake George turn south off Highway 24 onto County Road 96.  Follow County Road 96 into the canyon until you reach the Springer Gulch Campground on your right.

Fourmile Campground

  

Fourmile Campground is located 9 miles W of Fairplay on CR 18.  It offers a setting with a lot of trees which provide shade and some privacy between sites. Surfaces are compacted gravel. There are 14 campsites with a maximum trailer length of 22 feet; elevation is 10,760 feet.  Facilities include toilets, tables, water, and fire rings. 

Directions:

From Fairplay, CO take Highway 285 South for one mile and turn right onto County Road 18.  Follow County Road 18 for approximately seven miles and the campground will be on your left.

Happy Meadows Campground

  

Happy Meadows Campground is located 3 miles N of Lake George off CR77.  It has 8 campsites  Parking spurs are 20-30 feet with a maximum trailer length of 22 feet; elevation is 7,900 feet Facilities include toilets, tables, water, and fire rings.  The South Platte River is nearby for fishing.

Directions:

At Lake George on US-24 turn north on County Road 77 (also known as the Tarryall road)  Travel about 1 mile and turn east on County Road 112.  The campground will be on your right about one mile in.

Happy Meadows Campground has 8 campsites, two of which are buddy sites.

Horseshoe Campground

  

Horseshoe Campground is located 8 miles W of Fairplay on CR 18.  It sits at 10,600 feet elevation along Horseshoe Creek, near a grassy meadow among aspen, Engelmann spruce and Bristlecone pines. Trees provide good privacy between campsites, which are located at the base of Sheep Mountain. The primitive campground is located near Mount Sherman, Lincoln, Bross and Democrat - all impressive peaks for avid hikers.

Nearby Limber Grove Trail, a short mountainside path winds through 1,000-year-old limber pine. Fishing or wading in Horseshoe Creek are popular activities.

Horseshoe Campground has 19 sites with parking spurs 25 to 40 feet long with a maximum trailer length of 25 feet. Picnic tables, vault toilets, drinking water and campfire rings are provided.  

Directions:

From Fairplay, CO travel south on US-285 for about one mile.  Turn right onto County Road 18.  Follow County Road 18 for approximately six miles and the campground will be on your right.

Parking is available at each campsite which can accommodate up to two vehicles.

Jefferson Lake Recreation Area

  

Jefferson Lake Recreation Area is a popular area for camping, picnicking, fishing, and hiking. There are a number of campgrounds available, but none are located directly on Jefferson Lake. For backpacking and day hiking, the Colorado Trail passes through the area on its way to Georgia Pass and the Jefferson Lake and Jefferson Loop trails also offer day hikers options for long or short walks.

Jefferson Lake Recreation Area is a fee area managed by concessionaire located northwest of Jefferson off US Highway 285.

There are 2 campgrounds located within the Jefferson Lake Recreation Area. . 

Directions:

From Jefferson, CO take County Road 54 north until the road forks, then turn right onto County Road 37 and follow the road until you reach the fee booth. 

Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:

Aspen Campground

  

Aspen Campground is located 4 miles N of Jefferson off CR 35 and CR 37.  It is an excellent place for campers looking to relax, hike, fish and enjoy the sounds of nature.  The campground sits near Jefferson Creek, a few miles downriver of Jefferson Lake. The lake is one of the highest elevation lakes around, capping 10,685 feet elevation and bordered by steep 12,000 foot peaks. 

Fishing in both the creek and lake offer promising catches of trout. Another noteworthy aspect of the campground is its access to the Colorado Trail.

Natural Features: Aspen Campground, at 9,900 elevation, sits in a valley along Jefferson Creek at the base of Jefferson Hill. The single-loop campground is shaded by groves of aspen and mature spruce. Jefferson Lake, spanning about 182 acres, has deep, cold waters and freezes over in winter.

Recreation: The campground offers nearby access to two trails. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are excellent on the epic Colorado Trail, a 471-mile trail that stretches across Colorado from Denver to Durango. Also nearby is the West Jefferson Loop Trail, a foot path that goes up to the Continental Divide and loop for 11 miles. 

Rainbow, brown, mackinaw and brook trout can be found swimming in the creek and lake. No-wake boating is allowed in the lake and a boat ramp is easily accessible.

Facilities: Amenities include picnic tables, vault toilets, drinking water from a hand pump and a campfire ring. Parking aprons are gravel and can fit up to two vehicles; maximum trailer length is 25 feet.  There are 12 campsites at the campground. 

It is difficult to access Jefferson Lake Recreation Area during the winter months. The roads to this site are not maintained for snow throughout the winter.

Restrictions:Max RV length 25'; reservations must be made at least four days in advance; two night minimum stay on weekends; three night minimum stay on holidays.  There are no hook-ups at this campground.  No refunds for bad weather.

Directions:

From Fairplay take Highway 285 North to Jefferson, turn left on County road 35.  Travel approximately 2 miles and turn right on County Road 37.  Travel approximately 2.5 miles to the Aspen Campground.


Accessibility:
Directions:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.42528, -105.84083
39°25'31"N, 105°50'27"W

From Fairplay, take Highway 285 north to Jefferson, then turn left on County road 35. Travel approximately 2 miles and turn right on County Road 37. Travel approximately 2.5 miles to the Aspen Campground.


General Notes:

Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating

Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visitdontmovefirewood.org.

Jefferson Creek Campground

  

Jefferson Creek Campground is located 5 miles N of Jefferson off CR 35 to CR 37.  It has 17 campsites with parking spurs 25-40 feet and a maximum trailer length of 25 feet; elevation is 10,100 feet; camping season begins in May and continues to early October with reduced service.  .

Directions:

From US Highway 285 at Jefferson, take County Road 35 north to County Road 37 and turn right.  Pay the user fee at Jefferson Lake Recreation Area entrance station and continue on the road to the campground.


Accessibility:

It is difficult to access Jefferson Lake Recreation Area during the winter months.  The roads to this site are not maintained for snow throughout the winter.

Jefferson Lake Trail

Jefferson Lake Trail is a easy to moderate 1.5-mile trail.  It circles Jefferson Lake and provides access for fishing.  The trail is best on the eastern shore and makes a nice stroll for those who do not ordinarily hike.

Water:Water is available at each of the campgrounds when the campgrounds are open.

Restroom:Toilets are available at Jefferson Lake Picnic Area.

General Information

Accessibility:

It is difficult to access Jefferson Lake Recreation Area during the winter months.  The roads to this site are not maintained for snow throughout the winter.


Directions:

From US Highway 285 at Jefferson, take County Road 35 north to County Road 37 and turn right.  Pay the user fee at Jefferson Lake Recreation Area entrance station and continue on the road to the lake and park in the lot.

Aspen, Jefferson Creek, and Lodgepole Campgrounds are all in Jefferson Lake Recreation Area.  Each is reservable at Recreation.gov

Lodgepole Campground

  

Lodgepole Campground is located 4 miles N of Jefferson off CR 35 and CR 37.  It has 34 campsites with parking spurs 20-40 feet and a maximum trailer length of 30 feet; elevation is 9,900 feet; 

Area Amenities:Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking

Directions:

From US Highway 285 at Jefferson, take County Road 35 north to County Road 37 and turn right.  Pay the user fee at Jefferson Lake Recreation Area entrance station and continue on the road to the campground.

Boat ramp Jefferson Lake has a boat ramp.

Kite Lake Campground

  

Kite Lake Campground is located 5.5 miles NW of Alma on CR 8.  It has five campsites and none are recommended for trailers; camping season begins in May and continues until the road is snowed in.    Facilities include fire ring, tables, and outhouse toilets, but there is no water and no trash service at this campground.

Campsites at Kite Lake are first-come, first-serve.

Area Amenities:Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking

Directions:

From Fairplay travel North on Highway 9 to the town of Alma.  Turn right onto Buckskin Gulch Road and travel 8 miles to the campground.  This is a high clearance route please exercise caution.


Accessibility:

This site is heavily affected by seasonal weather.  County Road 8 can be difficult to travel during the winter months.  Please call the South Park Ranger District for current conditions.


General Notes: 
Parking:

There is limited parking available at the trail head.  As this area is the only staging area for the Lincoln - Democrat loop, there is heavy summer traffic.

This campground is not available on the reservation system.  First come, first served only.

Lost Park Campground

  

Lost Park Campground is located 21 SE of Jefferson off US 285 and CR 35.  It has 12 campsites with a maximum trailer length of 22 feet; elevation is 10,000 feet; camping season at this campground

Area Amenities:Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking

Directions:

From Fairplay travel north on US 285 to the town of Jefferson.  Turn right on County Road 56.  Follow County Road 56 for 17 miles to the campground.


Accessibility:

To access the Lost Park Campground take County Road 56 outside Jefferson to its terminus 17 miles at the Lost Park Campground.

Fishing

 

Michigan Creek Campground

  

Michigan Creek Campground is located 4 miles NW of Jefferson off CR 35 and CR 54.  It has 12 campsites with a maximum trailer length of 25 feet.  Elevation is 10,100 feet. 

Area Amenities:Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking

Restrictions:Maximum RV is 25 feet.  Reservations are not accepted at this campground and has limited service; please pack it in, pack it out.  There are no hook-ups at this campground.

Directions:

From Fairplay travel north on US 285 to Jefferson.  Turn left onto County Road 35.  Travel about one mile and turn left onto County Road 54 and follow the road to the campground.


Accessibility:

This area is generally accessible year round; however the campground only operates during the summer months.

Round Mountain Campground

  

Round Mountain Campground is located 6.5 miles W of Lake George on US 24.  It has 16 campsites with a maximum trailer length of 35 feet; elevation is 8,500 feet

Directions:

Located about seven miles west of Lake George on US-Highway 24.

Selkirk Campground

  

Selkirk Campground is located 8 miles N of Como off CR 50 and CR 33.  It has 15 campsites with a maximum trailer length of 25 feet; camping season begins in May and continues until the road is snowed in. Facilities include toilets, tables, water, and fire rings, but no trash services.   Elevation 10,500 feet.

Area Amenities:Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking

  • No trash service at this campground. Pack it out. 

  • Pets must be on a physical leash at all times while visiting the area.

Directions:

From Fairplay, CO travel north on US 285 to the town of Como. Turn left onto County Road 33 and follow the road until you reach County Road 50.  Turn right on Forest Service Road 33 and follow the road for about four miles then turn left onto Road 33.3A and travel 3/4 of a mile to the campground.

Spruce Grove Campground

  

Spruce Grove Campground is located 13 miles N of Lake George on CR 77.  It has 27 campsites with parking spurs 18-36 campsites and a maximum trailer length of 35 feet.  Elevation is 8,600 feet.  

General Notes:

Spruce Grove Campground is part of the Recreation.gov reservation system.  There is a two night minimum stay on weekends and a three night minimum stay on holidays.  Reservations can be made by  www.recreation.gov. 


Directions:

From Lake George turn right onto County Road 77 and travel 12 miles and the campground is on the right.

Platte Area

Buffalo Campground

Buffalo Campground offers a setting far enough from town that there is no corner store, while being close enough that the drive to and from home makes a pleasant getaway. Located about an hour drive southwest of Denver, CO at an elevation of 7,400', Buffalo Campground provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals or families to enjoy the great outdoors. A part of the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area, there are several multi-use non-motorized trails nearby. No dump station, or hook-ups are available.

  • Bears frequent the area and a bear closure order is in place. All bear attractants, both food and non-food items which can attract bears, should be kept in a bear resistant manner. Bear bags, bear boxes, and coolers within hard-sided vehicles are safer ways of storing attractants. Pop-ups, tents, and open-top vehicles are not safe storage areas. Tips for camping in bear country are available from camp hosts

Closest Towns:Buffalo Creek is 5 miles northeast, along Highway 126. Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1.5 hour drive northeast of the campground via Highway 285.

Water:No water

Information Center:Appears on the following maps:

  • Pike National Forest

  • USGS Quad Green Mountain

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range)

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #105 (Tarryall Mountains / Kenosha Pass)

Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.

Directions:

From U.S. Highway 285 turn south at Pine Junction on to Jefferson County Road 126. Follow Jefferson County Road 126 to FDR 550 approximately 13.5 miles south. Turn west on Forest Road 550. The campground is 5 miles.


Accessibility:

Wheelchair accessbile sites are available, as well as picnic tables and vault toilets.

Parking is available for either 2 vehicles or 1 recreational vehicle per campsite. Additional parking is available apart from the campsite.​
General Notes:

Physical Address: 28718 Redskin Creek Rd.Bailey CO 80421

Buffalo Creek Campground can accommodate recreational vehicles up to 22’ in length. No electricity or hooks ups available.

Green Mountain Campground

Green Mountain Campground is located far enough from town that there is no corner store while being close enough that the drive to and from home is an enjoyable getaway. Located southwest of Denver, CO at an elevation of 7,500', Green Mountain Campground offers a wonderful opportunity for individuals or families to enjoy the great outdoors. South Fork Buffalo Creek runs through the campground and there are numerous non-motorized, multi-use trails nearby.

Note:  Green Mountain Campground is open to TENTS ONLY.Closest Towns:Buffalo Creek is 5 miles northeast, along Highway 126.

Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1.5 hour drive northeast of the campground via US Highway 285.

Information Center:Appears on the following maps:

  • Pike National Forest

  • USGS Quad Green Mountain

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range)

  •  National Geographic Trails Illustrated  #105 (Tarryall Mountains / Kenosha Pass)

Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.

Directions:

From U.S. Highway 285 turn south at Pine Junction on to Jefferson County Road 126 for 13.5 miles to Forest Service Road 550. Travel west for 5.5 miles. Stay left for another 2.5 miles. Green Mountain campground will be on the left.


Accessibility:

As Green Mountain Campground is TENTS ONLY, one must park and walk in to the campsite. There are a few bridges across the stream with steps involved.

Green Mountain Campground is a popular campground. Because it has been listed in recreation guides and books, people sometimes show up on Thursday for weekend camping. All sites are first come first served and must be occupied to be considered “saved”. Almost every weekend is full at this campground.

Parking:

Tent camping 2 tents/ 8 people max per campsite​

Kelsey Campground

Kelsey Campground is far enough from town that there is no corner store while being close enough that the drive to and from home is part of an enjoyable getaway. Located southwest of Denver at an elevation of 8,000', Kelsey Campground offers a wonderful opportunity for individuals or families to enjoy the great outdoors. Nearby is a scenic overlook, trails and river fishing. Summer temperatures range from 75-80 degrees during the day to a pleasant 55-65 degrees at night. Host is available on-site.

Restrictions:The following restrictions apply to this campground:

  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.

  • Bears frequent the area and a bear closure order is in place. All bear attractants, both food and non-food items which can attract bears, should be kept in a bear resistant manner. Bear bags, bear boxes, and coolers within hard-sided vehicles are safer ways of storing attractants. Pop-ups, tents, and open-top vehicles are not safe storage areas. Tips for camping in bear country are available from camp hosts.

Closest Towns:Buffalo Creek is 8 miles northeast, along Highway 126. Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1.5 hour drive northeast of campground via US Hwy 285.

Directions:

From U.S. Highway 285 turn south at Pine Junction on to Jefferson County Road 126. Follow Jefferson County Road 126 16.5 miles south to the Kelsey Campground. The campground will be on the west (right) side of the highway.

Parking is available for either 2 vehicles or 1 recreational vehicle per campsite. Additional parking is available.

There are 17 campsite at Kelsey Campground.  Fifteen (15) sites are reservable, and site #4 is a first-come, first-served site. Site #1 is reserved for the host. Both site #16 and #17 are tents only.

This campground can accommodate both tents and recreational vehicles up to 30’ in length. No hooks ups available.

Deer Creek Campground

Deer Creek Campground is a wooded campground located at 9,168'. Mature trees provide shade and hiking trails are nearby. Deer Creek and Camp Creek join next to the campground, providing the sound of running water. No dump station, or hook-ups available.

Current Conditions:Campground remains open year-round.

Closest Towns:

Highland Park is 3 miles east of the campground along Park County Route 47.

Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1.5 hour drive east of the campground via Highway 285.

available. Appears on the following maps:

  • USGS Quad Mt. Evans

  • Pike National Forest

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #104 (Idaho Springs / Georgetown/ Loveland Pass)

Directions:

From Denver, travel US Highway 285 south toward Fairplay for approximately 25 miles to the top of Crow Hill. Turn north onto Park County Road 43A going towards the community of Harris Park. After 7 miles, the road splits; stay left onto the dirt road. The campground will be on your left after 2 miles.

Universally accessible picnic tables and vault toilet are available.

Parking is available for either 2 vehicles or 1 recreational vehicle per campsite. Additional parking is available apart from the campsite.

Deer Creek Campground has 13 campsites to accommodate both tent and recreational vehicle camping.

Tent camping 2 tents/ 8 people max per campsite

Accessible Universally accessible picnic tables and vault toilets are available.

Camping trailer 1 recreational vehicle up to 30' allowed per campsite

Meridian Campground

 

​​​This campground has 18 campsites with parking spurs at an elevation of 9,000'. Campground includes picnic table and  fire ring at each campsite, and two vault toilets at different locations.

Closest Towns:Highland Park, Bailey

Operated By:Rocky Mountain Recreation Company

Information Center:Appears on the following maps:

  • USGS Quad Mt. Evans

  • Pike National Forest

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #104 (Idaho Springs / Georgetown/ Loveland Pass)

Directions:

The following areas are located off of Park County Route 43. From US Highway 285 turn north at the top of Crow Hill on to Park County Route 43 going towards the community of Harris Park.

Burning Bear Campground 

Burning Bear Campground is off of Guanella Pass Road, north of the town of Grant. The Guanella Pass Road (Park County Rote 62) is a Scenic and Historic Byway, and is one of the most popular scenic drives on the Pike National Forest. This campground is nestled in a valley with beautiful views. Host is available on site. There is no dump station, or hook-ups available.

Closest Towns:

Grant is 5 miles south of the campground along Highway 285.

Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1.5 hour drive east of the campground via US Highway 285.


Appears on the following maps:

  • USGS Quad Mt. Evans

  • Pike National Forest

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #104 (Idaho Springs / Georgetown/ Loveland Pass)

Directions:

From Denver, travel US Highway 285 south toward Fairplay to the town of Grant. Turn north on Park County Route 62 going towards Guanella Pass. Burning Bear Campground is 5 miles north on the right


General Notes:

Burning Bear campground is nestled in a beautiful valley on the way to Guanella Pass. Mount Evans Wilderness is directly behind the campground. Burning Bear trail is across the road from the campground and offers some spectacular scenery along the trail.

The Guanella Pass road is only plowed for the first 5 miles from Grant. Although this includes the road up to Burning Bear campground, the area is subject to heavy snow drifts.

Recreational Vehicle (RV) and tent camping is available.

Corrals just outside the campground ARE NOT FOR PUBLIC USE.

Burning Bear Campground has 14 campsites to accommodate both tent and recreational vehicle camping.

Maximum number of people per campsite is 8.

Burning Bear Campground can accommodate recreational vehicles up to 30’ in length. No electricity or hooks ups available. Water is from a hand pump. No water available after Labor Day weekend.

Drinking water Hand pump

Toilets Vault toilets

Parking Parking for 2 vehicles per site.

Fee charged for some activities Overnight or day use fees apply

Tent camping 2 tents/ 8 people max per campsite

Accessible Universally accessible picnic tables and vault toilets are available.

Camping trailer 1 recreational vehicle up to 30' allowed per campsite

 

Geneva Park Campground

At an elevation of 9,815', Geneva Park Campground offers cooler temperatures during summer months. Along the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway, this campground is near opportunities for wildlife viewing, scenic driving, landscape photography, hiking, mountain biking, and access to 4-wheel drive roads. No dump station, or hook-ups available.

Restrictions:The following restrictions apply to this campground:

  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.

Closest Towns:

Grant is 7 miles south of the campground along Highway 285.

Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1.5 hour drive east of the campground via Highway 285.

Appears on the following maps:

  • Pike National Forest

  • USGS Quad Mount Evans

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #104 (Idaho Springs / Georgetown/ Loveland Pass)

Geneva park has 26 campsites to accommodate both recreational vehicle (RV) and tent camping.

Geneva Park Campground can accommodate recreational vehicles up to 20’ in length. No electricity or hooks ups available. Water is from a hand pump.

Parking Driveway entry (back in)

Tent camping 7 tent only non-electric sites

Camping trailer 19 standard non-electric sites

Hall Valley Campground

 

Section of the Pike National Forest map showing an overview of the Kenosha Pass and Guanella Pass area. This area is commonly referred to as High Country.

  This campground has 9 campsites at an elevation of 9,900' with parking spur lengths of 16-30 feet. The campground remains open year-round, weather permitting.  Facilities include picnic tables, a vault toilet, and fire rings.

Restrictions:The following restrictions apply to this campground:

  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.

Closest Towns:Grant

Water:Available during peak season only

Restroom:Vault toilet

Operated By:Rocky Mountain Recreation Company

Information Center:During peak season, this campground is a full-service campground. Pre-season and extended season have reduced service such as water, trash, or a host may not be available.

Appears on the following maps:

  • USGS Quad Mt. Evans

  • Pike National Forest

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #104 (Idaho Springs / Georgetown/ Loveland Pass)

Directions:

The following areas are located off of Park County Road 60. From U.S. Highway 285, turn north at the community of Webster on to Park County Road 60 going towards Red Cone and Webster Passes.


General Notes:

Hiking and 4-wheel driving are the primary activities. The Gibson Lake Trail #633 is a 2.4-mile hike that climbs at a moderate, steady, steep grade. Elevation gain is 1,544'. The trail is for horse or foot travel ONLY. 4-wheel opportunities include Red Cone and Webster Pass

Handcart Campground

Section of the Pike National Forest map showing an overview of the Kenosha Pass and Guanella Pass area. This area is commonly referred to as High Country.

Located off Park County Route 60, from US Hwy 285, the Handcart campground is surrounded by lodgepole pine trees.  The campground has 10 campsites for TENT CAMPING ONLY.

  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles

Closest Towns:Grant, Webster
Appears on the following maps:

  • USGS Quad Mt. Evans

  • Pike National Forest

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #104 (Idaho Springs / Georgetown/ Loveland Pass)

Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.

Directions:

The campground is located off Park County Route 60. From U.S. Highway 285, turn north at the community of Webster on to Park County Route 60 going towards Red Cone and Webster Passes.

Kenosha East Campground

Section of the Pike National Forest map showing an overview of the Kenosha Pass and Guanella Pass area. This area is commonly referred to as High Country.  

Kenosha East campground is located across Highway 285 from the Kenosha Pass Campground. There are twelve campsites, and they are universal designed sites including high grills and picnic tables and benches.

  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.

Closest Towns:Bailey, Grant, Fairplay
Appears on the following maps:

  • USGS Quad Mt. Evans

  • Pike National Forest

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #104 (Idaho Springs / Georgetown/ Loveland Pass

Directions:

From Denver, drive southwest on US Highway 285 for approximately 50 miles. Kenosha East Campground/Picnic Area is located off of Highway 285, at the top of Kenosha Pass.


General Notes:

This area is adjacent to a wetland interpretative area and the remnants of the South Park and Pacific Railroad wye (Y). "Helper" engines from either Webster on the east side or Como on the west side of Kenosha Pass, assisted the regular engine in getting the train to the top, and then used the wye (Y) to turn around and head back down hill.
Parking:

Parking is available on either side off of US Highway 285.

There are seven sites available at the Kenosha Pass - East Campground. This site is a first-come, first-served campground.  Water available at Kenosha Pass Campground.

Parking Either side of US Highway 285

Tent camping

Camping trailer Can accommodate larger trailers

Kenosha Pass Campground

Section of the Pike National Forest map showing an overview of the Kenosha Pass and Guanella Pass area. This area is commonly referred to as High Country.

  

This campground has 25 campsites at an elevation of 10,000' with parking spurs of 16-30 feet in length. Camping season begins in May and continues to early September. Facilities include: water, tables, vault toilets, and fire rings.

  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.

  • Maximum 24' RV

Closest Towns:Grant, Colorado or Jefferson, Colorado
Appears on the following maps:

  • USGS Quad Mt. Evans

  • Pike National Forest

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #104 (Idaho Springs / Georgetown/ Loveland Pass)

Directions:

From Denver, drive southwest on US 285 approximately 50 miles. Kenosha Campground is located off of Highway 285, at the top of Kenosha Pass.

General Notes:

 The Colorado Trail, which starts outside of Denver and ends in Durango, runs through Kenosha Pass Campground.
Parking:

Parking is available on either side of US Highway 285.

Timberline Campground

Section of the Pike National Forest map showing an overview of the Kenosha Pass and Guanella Pass area. This area is commonly referred to as High Country.

  

This campground is located on NFSR125 off Park County Route 58 from US Highway 285. The campground has 30 sites, and is divided into two loops. Facilities include vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings.

  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.

Information Center:Appears on the following maps:

  • USGS Quad Mt. Evans

  • Pike National Forest

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #104 (Idaho Springs / Georgetown/ Loveland Pass)

Directions:

Approximately 5 miles west of Grant on US Highway 285, turn right at Park County Road 58. Approximately a mile up County Road 58 turn right onto NFSR 125 and continue on road to the camp area.

Both Park County Route 58 and NFSR 125 are gravel roads, open to licensed vehicles only.


Accessibility:

All unlicensed vehicles are prohibited on NFSR125.

Goose Creek Campground

  

Located approximately a two-hour drive southwest of Denver, at an elevation of 7,723', the Goose Creek Campground offers an opportunity for developed camping near the Lost Creek Wilderness. Recreational opportunties in the area include fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and scenic drives. Goose Creek runs through the campground and generally runs year round. Although not deep, the buddling brook supplies soothing sounds, opportunities for fishing, and a quaint atmosphere for camping. The Goose Creek Trailhead is close by and affords acces to the Lost Creek Wilderness via the Hankins Pass #630 and the Goose Creek #612 trails and is one of the reasons visitors use this campground.

As the only campground surviving the Hayman Fire, this little area is an oasis of green among the burnt surroundings. Being just minutes away from the Lost Creek Wilderness, this small campground is convienient for those hiking the Goose Creek or Hankins Pass trails and sees heavy use throughout the camping season. Host is available on site.

Restrictions:The following restrictions apply to this campground:

  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle. No electrical or water hook-ups

Closest Towns:

Deckers is 10 miles northeast, along Highway 126.

Denver/Morrison is approximately a 2-hour drive northeast of the campground via Highway 285.

Information Center:Appears on the following maps:

  • Pike National Forest

  • USGS Quad Green Mountain

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range)

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #105 (Tarryall Mountains / Kenosha Pass)

Directions:

From Denver, travel US Highway 285 south approximately 20 miles to Pine Junction. Turn south on to Jefferson County Route 126. Take 126 south for approximately 22 miles to National Forest System Road 211, also known as the Matukat road. Travel west on NFSR 211 approximately 11 miles to the campground. Travel time is around 2 hours from Denver.

General Notes:

Goose Creek Campground is a popular campground. Because it has been listed in guides and books, and is the only developed campground in the area from after the Hayman fire, it gets high use. People sometimes show up on Thursday for weekend camping. All sites are first come first served and must be occupied to be considered “saved”.  Almost every weekend is full at this campground.

Other options for camping include undeveloped, primitive, designated dispersed sites along NFSR 211 at locations posted with "Parking" and "Tent" symbols.  Camping at the Goose Creek Trailhead is prohibited.

Goose Creek Campground has 10 sites to accommodate both tents and RVs and is located near the Lost Creek Wilderness area. All sites are first-come first-served and must be occupied to be considered “saved”.

Tent camping 2 tents/ 8 people max per campsite

Devil's Head Campground

Overview map for Rampart Range area

  Devil's Head Campground resides at the base of the Devil's Head Trail.  Rock formations dot the landscape and provide outstanding views of the surrounding area. No dump station, or hook-ups available.

Peak season is Memorial Day through Labor Day. During peak season, the campground offers full service (host on site, trash). Extended season has reduced services.

This campground appears on the following maps:

  • Pike National Forest

  • USGS Quad Devil's Head

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range)

Restrictions:The following restrictions apply to this campground:

  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.

Closest Towns:Sedalia is 20 miles northeast, along Highway 67. Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1.5 hour drive north of the campground via Highway 85.

Directions:

To reach this area, take U.S. Highway 85 south to Sedalia. Turn west on Highway 67 for 10 miles to the junction with Rampart Range Road. Turn south onto Rampart Range Road for 10 miles. Devil's Head Campground will have a signed turn off.

Parking is available for either 2 vehicles or 1 recreational vehicle per campsite. Additional parking is available apart from the campsite.

Devil's Head Campground has 21 campsites within 2 loops to accommodate both tents and recreational vehicles up to 30’ in length. No hooks ups available.

Flat Rocks Campground

Overview map for Rampart Range area

  Hidden in the Rampart Range, Flat Rocks is an ideal campground for ATV and motorcycle riders in the Rampart Range Recreation Area. ATVs and off-road motorcycles are allowed to enter and depart the campground for trail access. Consult the current Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for specific roads and trails open to off-road vehicles. There is no dump station, or hook-ups available.

Restrictions:The following restrictions apply to this campground:

  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.

Closest Towns:

Sedalia is 15 miles northeast, along Highway 67.

Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1.5 hour drive north of the campground via Highway 85.


Appears on the following maps:

  • Pike National Forest

  • USGS Quad Devil's Head

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range

Directions:

To reach this area, take U.S. Highway 85 south to Sedalia. Turn west on Highway 67 for 10 miles to the junction with Rampart Range Road. Turn south onto Rampart Range Road for 5 miles. Flat Rocks Campground will be on the west side of the road.

Parking is available for either 2 vehicles or 1 recreational vehicle per campsite. Additional parking is available apart from the campsite.
General Notes:

Flat Rocks Campground is a wooded campground with 19 campsites to accommodate both tents and recreational vehicles up to 30’ in length. No electricity or hooks ups available. Water is available. Because this is the only designated campground allowing off-road vehicles on the road, it tends to fill quickly. The campground is first-come-first-served with no way of determining availability beforehand.

Two of the recreational things visitors can enjoy in this area are: (1) Devil's Head Mountain and (2) OHV (off highway vehicle) trail riding.

Devil's Head Mountain accentuates the north end of the Rampart Range. From certain viewpoints, a rock out-cropping projects the profile of the devil’s head. This portion of the area is most famous for the Devil’s Head Lookout. To get to the lookout, you must first hike a 1.4-mile trail, which has a 940’ elevation gain. Hiking time is 45-90 minutes, depending on your pace. There are several rest spots with benches and tables along the trail for your comfort. Bring along your own drinking water, as there is none available either along the trail or at the top. When you reach the top of the trail, you will enter a small valley perfect for a nice break and picnic. You will want to take a rest as you have not yet reached the Lookout; you will need to climb the 143 stairs to the top of the rock outcropping. When you reach the tower, you will immediately become aware of the tremendous vantage point it offers. On clear days, mountain peaks over 100 miles away are visible. The tower’s location is even more significant because the area to the south and west has a very high frequency of lightning strikes. During a typical summer, the area will experience from 30-50 fires caused by lightning. From the vantage point of the tower, the fire lookout ranger is able to spot these fires very soon after they begin. Fire crews then are rapidly dispatched to contain the fire before it gets out of control. The tower is usually staff mid-May through mid-September.

The Rampart Range Motorized Recreation Area is known for its network of motorcycle and ATV trails providing a unique experience for all levels of riders in riding through a forest setting. To preserve this opportunity, the cooperation of everyone is essential.

When motorcycle and ATV riding in the area keep your vehicle on roads & trails specifically designated for that purpose. The sparse vegetation and loose soil make the area especially vulnerable to damage by people and machines. A set of off trail tracks can easily erode; causing a gully that could alter the beauty and usability of the entire area.
Accessibility:

The Indian Creek Campground is part of the Rampart Range Road.  In order to protect the resources and provide a safer winter experience, this road is closed to all vehicles wider than 50" annually from December 1 to April 1. .

 

Flat Rocks Campground is a wooded campground with 19 campsites to accommodate both tents and recreational vehicles up to 30’ in length. No electricity or hooks ups available. Water is available.

Because this is the only designated campground allowing off-road vehicles on the road, it tends to fill quickly. The campground is first-come-first-served with no way of determining availability beforehand.

RV Camping

Flat Rocks Campground is a wooded campground with 19 campsites to accommodate both tents and recreational vehicles up to 30’ in length. No electricity or hooks ups available. Water is available.

Because this is the only designated campground allowing off-road vehicles on the road, it tends to fill quickly. The campground is first-come-first-served with no way of determining availability beforehand.

tent camping2 tents/ 8 people max per campsite

Camping trailer 1 recreational vehicle up to 30' allowed per campsite

Indian Creek Campground

  

This campground has 11 campsites at an elevation of 7,500' with parking spurs between 16-30 feet in length.

Restrictions:The following restrictions apply to this campground:

  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.

  • Max RV 20'

Information Center:Appears on the following maps:

  • Pike National Forest

  • USGS Quad Devil's Head

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range

Directions:

To reach this area, take U.S. Highway 85 south to Sedalia, then take Highway 67. The Indian Creek complex is located less than a mile west of the Rampart Range Road Junction on Highway 67.

Accessibility:

Indian Creek Equestrian Campground

  

Indian Creek Equestrian Campground has 7 campsites with parking spurs 50-60' to accommodate horse trailer. Only 10 people and 4 horses max per campsite. Please use certified weed-free hay only.

Restrictions:The following restrictions apply to this campground:

  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.

Closest Towns:Buffalo Creek

Information Center:Appears on the following maps:

  • Pike National Forest

  • USGS Quad Devil's Head

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range)

Directions:

Drive south from Denver, Colorado on U.S. Hwy 85 (Santa Fe St.) to Sedalia. Turn right (west) onto Douglas County Road 67. Drive on Hwy 67 slightly over 10 miles (from Sedalia) to the Indian Creek Campground, which is located approximately 2 miles. Turn right into the campground. There is a small fee parking area outside the campground. The trailhead is just to the right of the parking area. Both the Indian Creek Campground and the Equestrian Campground are fee areas – even for parking.


General Notes:

Shortly after the trailhead, one may go to the right or to the left to complete “the loop.” This description will start with the left side approach. The approach is mostly uphill and has most of the more “difficult” sections. It is also not as easy to get confused with other “social trails. The first of these trails will occur at about the one and three-quarters mile mark. Stay to the left and travel on for one mile then you will encounter your second trail crossing. At this junction, one can continue straight ahead to access the Colorado Trail #1776 (a very steep, rocky descent). The main trail will take a sharp right at this point and be going north. After about a half mile, another junction will appear. Take a left to continue on the loop. A right turn will take you to a very sharp, talus cover trail that would take you back to the start, but hold on tightly. At this junction, you will head east and mostly uphill for about a mile and a half. At this point, the trail will start to descend in a north/northwesterly direction for about a mile and a half.

The next junction gives the choice of going straight ahead and joining the Roxbury State Park Trail system or taking the right side and continuing the “loop.” At this time, you will again be going mostly uphill for about a half hour. The trail will then mostly descend to the trailhead.  Two more trail crossings area ahead. Take the left hand at the first and the right hand at the second.

This campground has 7 campsites with parking spurs 50-60' to accommodate horse trailer.

Lone Rock Campground

  

Lone Rock Campground is located on the South Platte River at an elevation of 6,479'. The campground boasts gold medal waters and views of the river.This campground is very popular and crowded during the weekends and peak season, so it is recommended for campers to make reservation in advance. Also, walk-up sites are not usually available as the two designated walk-ups sites are occupied by campground hosts.

Restrictions:The following restrictions apply to this campground:

  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.

Appears on the following maps:

  • Pike National Forest

  • USGS Quad Deckers

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range)


Directions:

There are two potential routes to access the Lone Rock Campground from Denver:

The first is to travel south on Highway 285 toward Fairplay. Turn south on Highway 126 and travel 22 miles to the Lone Rock Campground.

The second route is to travel south from C470 on Highway 85 / Santa Fe 10 miles to the town of Sedalia. Turn west on Highway 67 and travel 14 miles to the town of Sprucewood. At Sprucewood, stay south on the dirt road part of Highway 67 for 8 miles until you reach paved road. Turn left, heading south and continue 5 miles on 67 to the town of Deckers. Turn right, heading west for 1 mile on Highway 126 to the Lone Rock Campground. The campground will be on the south side of the road.
General Notes:

Lone Rock campground is the only campground on the river which accepts recreational vehicles (RV), and the only campground on the river which accepts reservations. Therefore, it tends to fill to capacity quicker than other campgrounds along the river.

Walk-up sites are not usually available as the two designated walk-ups sites are occupied by campground hosts.

Lone Rock does not have electricity or water hook-ups. There is no dump station available.

Although river access is available, be cautioned there is private land along the river. Be mindful of private fences and do not trespass.

Parking is available for either 2 vehicles or 1 recreational vehicle (RV) per campsite.

Both tent and recreational vehicle camping is allowed at Lone Rock Campground

Osprey Campground

  

This campground has 13 campsites for TENT CAMPING ONLY at an elevation of 6,200'. It is open year-round. This campground has picnic table and fire ring at each campsite. Portable toilets are availabe during peak season.

  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles.

  • Closest Towns:Deckers is 4 miles south along Douglas County Road 67. Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1 1/2 hour drive northeast of the campground via US Highway 285.

Directions:

From Denver:
Take U.S. Highway 285 to Pine Junction. Take south on Jefferson County Road 126 and drive for approximately 25 miles to Douglas County 67 at Deckers. Campground is located 10 miles north of Deckers on the left hand side.

From Sedalia:
Take U.S. Highway 67 from Sedalia to Sprucewood. Stay on 67 South (straight) until you reach pavement at the South Platte River. Go 4 mile nouth to Osprey Campground, which is on the left hand side. 

Please be careful with your campfire. In the campgrounds, fires must be in the ring/grate provided.

TENTS CAMPING ONLY

Maximum number of people per campsite is 8

Ouzel Campground

  

This campground has 13 campsites for TENT CAMPING ONLY at an elevation of 6,200'. It is open year-round. This campground has picnic table and fire ring at each campsite. Portable toilets are availabe during peak season only.

  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles.

Closest Towns:Deckers is 4 miles south along Douglas County Road 67. Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1 1/2 hour drive northeast of the campground via US Highway 285.

Directions:

From Denver:
Take U.S. Highway 285 to Pine Junction. Take south on Jefferson County Road 126 and drive for approximately 25 miles to Douglas County 67 at Deckers. Campground is located 7 miles north of Deckers on the left hand side.

From Sedalia:
Take U.S. Highway 67 from Sedalia to Sprucewood. Stay on 67 South (straight) until you reach pavement at the South Platte River. Go 1 mile nouth to Ouzel Campground, which is on the left hand side.

Platte River Campground

  

This campground has 10 campsites for TENT CAMPING ONLY at an elevation of 6,400 feet.
 

  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles.

Closest Towns:Deckers is 4 miles south along Douglas County Road 67. Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1 1/2 hour drive northeast of the campground via US Highway 285.


Appears on the following maps:

  • Pike National Forest

  • USGS Quad Devil's Head

  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range)

Accessibility:

Campsite #10 is wheelchair accessible.


Directions:

From Denver:
Take U.S. Highway 285 to Pine Junction. Take south on Jefferson County Road 126 and drive for approximately 25 miles to Douglas County 67 at Deckers. Campground is located 4 miles north of Deckers on right hand side.

From Sedalia:
Take U.S. Highway 67 from Sedalia to Sprucewood. Stay on 67 South (straight) until you reach pavement at the South Platte River. Go 1 mile south. Campground is on  left hand side.


Parking:

General parking -- must walk and pack items to campsites.