Pikes Peak Ranger District
601 South Weber Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone (719) 636-1602; Fax (719) 477-4233
Ranger Station Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
About the Forest
The Pike National Forest comprises nearly 1,000,000 acres of public land located west of Colorado Springs. The Pikes Peak Ranger District protects and manages roughly 230, 000 acres of the Pike National Forest to ensure recreational opportunities, water, fish and wildlife, timber, grazing, minerals and scenic beauty for the American people. Outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, picnicking, fishing, boating and off-highway travel are available. There are over 225 miles of trails (1/3 of which are motorized), approximately 250 developed campsites and many fishing areas located throughout the District.
Respect and appreciate wild places and their inhabitants. Learn the skills necessary to enjoy your National Forest while practicing Leave No Trace ethics.
CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING 2016
November 4, 2016 – The Pike National Forest, Pikes Peak Ranger District, will be selling Christmas tree cutting permits November 28 through December 16. Permits may be purchased at the Pikes Peak Ranger District Office at 601 South Weber St. in Colorado Springs. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The cost is $10.00 per tree permit.
Tree cutting permits will also be sold in Woodland Park on December 3, 4, 10 and 11, between 8:00am and 2:30pm at the East parking lot of the Woodland Park Middle School on the corner of Rampart Range Road and Kelley Road. On December 10, parking will be limited as Christmas tree sales will be located near the ballfield in the upper gravel lot. Only cash and checks will be accepted at the Woodland Park location.
CRAGS AREA UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
The Crags Campground is closed to all use for the winter season. No walk-in camping is allowed in the campground.
Dispersed (free) camping, campfires and parking are still prohibited along either side of Forest Road 383, as a large number of hazard trees still exist. Parking is allowed only at designated sites (Ring the Peak Trailheads, and Crags/Devils Playground Trailhead)
Parking for access to Raspberry Mountain is located at the lower Ring the Peak Trailhead, due to private property and concerns with lack of sufficient parking at the unofficial trailhead. Instead of parking at the hairpin corner before the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, those wanting to hike to Raspberry Mountain will need to drive 1.4 miles further up Forest Road 383 and park at the lower Ring the Peak Trailhead, and will then use the Ring the Peak Trail to access Raspberry Mountain
As a reminder, visitors are urged to take extra precautions when recreating in the area this fall due to the large number of hazard trees.
Hazard tree removal and associated road and area closures on FS Road 383 will likely begin in November, 2016 and may continue to occur in future years.
Public Shooting Range
Target Shooting on National Forest
Target Shooting on the Pikes Peak Ranger District
There are several major recreation areas on the Pikes Peak Ranger District:
Manitou Park Recreation Area
Waldo Canyon Trail - CLOSED
Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area
Gold Camp Road
RECREATING IN THE WALDO BURN AREA
Whether you are a hiker, biker or OHV enthusiast, PLEASE protect your natural resources:.
- Comply with area regulations
- Only travel on trails intended for your user type
- Minimize impacts and stay on designated trails at all times
Campground facilities accommodate motor homes, trailers and tent campers. Two of the 10 campgrounds located on the Pikes Peak Ranger District are group sites and can accommodate large numbers of people. Dispersed camping is allowed, unless an area is posted as “No Camping”.
Quality trout fishing is available at Rampart Reservoir and Manitou Lake. Both areas are stocked regularly by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (fee required). Numerous streams and lakes offer anglers a wide variety of fishing spots. Weekly fishing report
To obtain specific information on recreational opportunities, purchase maps, permits or books, please visit the Pikes Peak Ranger District office.