Pike National Forest

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About Pike National Forest

“Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties...;” Wait, what? Purple mountains? Yep! Visit Pike National Forest for a sunrise over Pikes Peak and you’ll see just what the author meant when she penned those lyrics after visiting the area. When you’re done wiping that patriotic tear from your eye, head out to explore the pristine mountain lakes and heart pumping trails! There’s easy access to Garden of the Gods for climbers and photographers. On your way back to camp, stop into the quirky little town of Manitou Springs to spend your loose change at the Penny Arcade. Diverse wilderness areas will lead you to areas where dinosaurs were known to roam and Pike National Forest contains a huge chunk of 14ers (mountains over 14,000 feet) for you to conquer. You’ll be humming "America, The Beautiful" all the way to top, cause it sure is a beaut here!

Campgrounds in Pike

Lost Park Campground
Ryan
Ryan: This is a great place to camp the night before starting out on the Lost Creek loop backpacking trail....
Painted Rocks Campground
Mark
Mark: Manitou Park Lake up the road is definitely worth a stroll around - bring your fishing pole.
Timberline Campground
Mark
Mark: In upper loop, sites 25-31 offers lots of free wood in forest behind, and 4 cool teepee structures...
Spillway Campground
Alicia
Alicia: Know how to river fish or you won't catch anything. Fishermen there are serious about fishing, so I...
Flat Rocks Campground
Feel the wind in your hair and the rush of freedom at Flat Rocks Campground, a rugged, woodsy...
Ouzel Campground
River access? Yes, please! Ouzel Campground is one of several places in the area to enjoy the South...
Weston Pass Campground
Jake
Jake: If you want privacy this is an excellent place to go. I was the only one there in my time. There's a...
Devil's Head Campground
Caroline
Caroline: Devils head has awesome off-roading trails and diatribe trails
Round Mountain Campground
David
David: Booked a great campsite through the fed website up 11 mile canyon, only to have the booking cancelled...
Kelsey Campground
Amy
Amy: Small, quant, shady campground. Nicely spaced sites that are a decent size. Plenty of great hikes and...
Osprey Campground
Melinda
Melinda: This campground was such a bummer. It's basically just a large pull-out on the side of a fairly busy...
Geneva Park Campground
Steph
Steph: We camped out here last weekend to watch the Perseid meteor shower and couldn't have been more...
Burning Bear Campground
Sweet valley high! Enjoy spectacular mountain and forest scenery at Burning Bear Campground, a...
Kenosha East Campground
Set just east over Highway 285 from Kenosha Campground proper, Kenosha East Campground has additional...
Lone Rock Campground
Near a Hobbit-esque hillside and right smack dab on the South Platte River, you’ll enjoy the rushing...
Indian Creek Equestrian Campground
The Indian Creek Equestrian Campground invites you to bring up to four of your favorite horses and ten...
Kenosha Pass Campground
Kenosha Pass Campground is small but mighty. A backpacker’s dream, this family-friendly settlement is...
Horseshoe Campground
Ready to bag some peaks during your stay at this hikers heaven? Horseshoe Campground serves as an...
Blue Mountain Campground
Sitting roughly 8,000 feet above sea-level, Blue Mountain Campground might leave you just that―a...
Cove Campground
Consider yourself an avid angler? Like to dabble in rock climbing? Perfect, cause Cove Campground will...
Aspen Campground
Fiending for that mountain-life experience? Creekside camping at Aspen Campground is the perfect way...
Jefferson Creek Campground
Come find somebody to love at Jefferson Creek Campground. Don’t be shy, there's no shame in this...
Lodgepole Campground
Make your summer unforgettable soaking in the creekside sun, catching your meals, and living by the...
Buffalo Campground
If you like your summers mild, your creeks close, and your major cities a distant memory, Buffalo...
The Crags Campground
The Crags is a geological wonder near Colorado Springs. Think giant pillars of eroded stone reaching...
Fourmile Campground
Get high at Fourmile Campground! 10,760 feet above sea level to be exact. This wild and rugged...
Twin Eagles Campground
Twin Eagle Campground Is seasonally available campsites are all seasonally available, offering just a...
Deer Creek Campground
Let’s face it, there’s really nothing like waking up to the sound of rushing water. And if you’re in...
Goose Creek Campground
Get it while it’s hot! Goose Creek Campground is the last green forest grounds since the Hayman Fire,...
Hall Valley Campground
Attention hikers! Haul up your gear, beer and your best buds and get away for the weekend. Hall Valley...
Handcart Campground
Find some peace and quiet for crying out loud! Located in the heart of the stunning Pike National...
Indian Creek Campground
Wanna get that adrenaline pumping a la fresco? Indian Creek Campground is your jam. Famous for Devil’s...
Meridian Campground
Craig
Craig: The water is a hand pump that doesn't work real well and the water is potable but I wouldn't drink it....
Platte River Campground
David
David: Great little campsite right on the river, right off the highway. About 100 yards from the parking...
Crescent Mining Camp
Ever imagine what it would have been like to experience the mining boom back in the day? Well now you...
Michigan Creek Campground
You know what they say, “sky’s the limit. ” And Michigan Creek Campground echoes that idiomatic...
Roberts Cabin
This historical little cabin is rustic, wilderness bliss at it’s finest. In it’s past lives, it’s been...
Red Rocks Group Campground
Ahh, it smells like mountains and fresh pine needles out here (this rustic group campsite is...
Green Mountain Campground
Wanna get away, but not too far away? Green Mountain Campground gives you the opportunity to find that...
Pike Community
Just a stone’s throw away from Colorado Springs, the Pike Community campground is the perfect place...
Meadows Group Campground
If you’re looking for a massive group campsite that can comfortably fit up to 150 people, then the two...
Happy Meadows Campground
C'mon, who could resist a name like Happy Meadows Campground? It just sounds like the most gosh darn...
Buffalo Springs Campground
The smoky blaze of a campfire mixed with the hearty fragrance of aspen and spruce. Are you senses...
Dawson Cabin
If you are looking for the perfect base camp for all your water rafting, mountain hiking, sunny...
Meadow Ridge Campground
This small campground has what it takes to keep you coming back. Spectacular views, fishing and...
South Meadows Campground
With plenty of campsites to choose from, South Meadows Campground is a great choice to kick-off a long...
Thunder Ridge Campground
In a grove of Apsen trees, Thunder Ridge Campground offers sunny sites and access to all the fun in...
Riverside Campground
Find the perfect base camp in Riverside Campground—just a short walk away from South Platte River....
Springer Gulch Campground
Patty
Patty: Do not camp at site #8; it has absolutely no decent place to pitch a tent. We tent camp often and...
Spruce Grove Campground
Scenically located in the rocky canvassed confines of Tarryall Creek, Spruce Grove Campground is...
Springdale Campground
Get away from the rowdy boaters, anglers, and water babies at this quiet, picturesque paradise....
Kite Lake Campground
Jody
Jody: The road to kite lake is long and rough. I made it in a compact car, but it was tricky. The worst part...
Selkirk Campground
Looking to get rich? Selkirk Campground is one of the few places in forest where you can pan for gold....

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Hipcamper Roxanne

Kinfolks in Manitou Springs is THE place for a brew after hiking Pikes Peak!

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Hipcamper Jody

The road to kite lake is long and rough. I made it in a compact car, but it was tricky. The worst part is right before the campground. Once you're there, its beautiful, but cold, so be prepared! Its name is Kite Lake because it looks like a kite on a string from way above. You can bag three 14ers from this site; Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Democrat, and Mt. Cameron. Mount Bross is also a 14er, but it is currently on private property, so you are asked to please respect those rules. The powers that be are currently trying to gain access to the mountain and having people trespass isn't making it any easier.

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Hipcamper Mark

Manitou Park Lake up the road is definitely worth a stroll around - bring your fishing pole.

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Hipcamper Craig

The water is a hand pump that doesn't work real well and the water is potable but I wouldn't drink it. There isn't water for boating or fishing nearby. This is a very nice campground.

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Hipcamper Mark

In upper loop, sites 25-31 offers lots of free wood in forest behind, and 4 cool teepee structures kids will love to find. Stayed in 23/24 double site, which gets you an extra table and parking spot. Kenosha pass is 5 min away for a Colorado trail hike.

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Hipcamper David

Booked a great campsite through the fed website up 11 mile canyon, only to have the booking cancelled less than 24 hours before we left town (flooding, apparently). Round Mountain put us in the same area and wasn't terribly difficult to find. The area is first come first serve, but since we arrived on a Thursday space wasn't too hard to find. By Friday night, though, everything was booked out.

Quick drives into Lake George and to Spinney Resevoir for some awesome fishing.

Drawbacks: it does get kind of loud and crowded in the summer months. And there's a shooting range at M Lazy C Ranch that goes all day.

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Hipcamper Patty

Do not camp at site #8; it has absolutely no decent place to pitch a tent. We tent camp often and it's safe to say this was THE WORST campsite. Ever.

Now, as for the other sites... the first ones looked nice but I'd worry about getting flooded in the event of rain. In fact most of the sites seemed to have gullies running thru them. I'd say the "best" sites are 9, 10 & 15.
The sites are extremely close together but even if they were a half mile apart, there would be no escaping the loud and fowl-mouthed group of men next to us, drinkin' round the campfire. We got to hear them debase women and use the f-word all night long. Both nights. Sigh. The campsite host was there only briefly in the two nights we spent there. What a shame.

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Hipcamper Steph

We camped out here last weekend to watch the Perseid meteor shower and couldn't have been more pleased! It was remote but still close to Denver. The site was HUGE and flat, perfect for our tent. There happened to be a bunch of horse trailer campers up there this weekend, and we even got to go on a little bareback ride up one of the many trails. Highly recommend this spot.

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Hipcamper David

Great little campsite right on the river, right off the highway.

About 100 yards from the parking lot to the furthest campsite.

Gets pretty busy on the weekends, lots of fishermen use the area as river access.

There is NO TRASH PICKUP here. So, for the love of all things holy, please pack your trash out.

Hipcamper Ryan

This is a great place to camp the night before starting out on the Lost Creek loop backpacking trail. There is also a lot of fly fishing in the area.

Hipcamper Caroline

Devils head has awesome off-roading trails and diatribe trails

Hipcamper Alicia

Know how to river fish or you won't catch anything. Fishermen there are serious about fishing, so I suggest keeping the kids on the quieter side during the day. Riverside campground, which isnt as far into the canyon is better for families.

Hipcamper Amy

We were able to make reservations. Campground is a hub for off roaders. Site was large and roomy, and shady due to pine trees. Lot of traffic and gun range noise during the day.

Hipcamper Amy

Small, quant, shady campground. Nicely spaced sites that are a decent size. Plenty of great hikes and mountain biking nearby. Site is just off a road which is frequented by motorcycle groups, can be noisy.

Hipcamper Melinda

This campground was such a bummer. It's basically just a large pull-out on the side of a fairly busy mountain road. For $15/night you get a little piece of dirt, a table, and a fire ring. There were a few unlevel porta-potties in the parking lot which were the extent of the facilities. We happened to come through on a Friday, so it was very busy and loud until the wee hours of the morning. I would stay again if it was free dispersed camping, but definitely not for what they charged.

Hipcamper Jake

If you want privacy this is an excellent place to go. I was the only one there in my time. There's a trailhead in the camp which leads you to the Rich creek trail. There is an outlook about 30 minutes hike from camp that is a quick trip. I would also recommend driving up the trail road that goes by the camp. Disperse camping spots right by the creek. Beautiful place high on my list.

Hipcamper Jennifer

Well no longer provides water. Firewood not purchasable, very open and can see everyone. No immediate hiking trails.

History of Pike National Forest

The 1,106,604 acres of Pike National Forest falls within Clear Creek, Teller, Park, Jefferson, Douglas and El Paso counties. The Pike National Forest was set aside as a Forest Reserve and later was designated a National Forest in 1906.