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.
The Crags Area and FS Road 383 are closed to all use
The Crags Area and FS Road 383 are closed to all users for approximately 3-4 weeks during hazard tree removal for public safety.
Once the road is re-opened, camping will only be allowed at the Crags Campground and parking will only be allowed at designated trailheads. Dispersed camping will not be allowed along FS Road 383
Crags closure new release
Spring Road and Trail Conditions
The Pikes Peak Ranger District is 2000 to 3000 feet higher in elevation than Colorado Springs. There has been significant snowfall this spring and nearly all roads and trails in the National Forest are soft and muddy. There might be areas that are still snow covered. Please be patient and stay off road and trails until they dry out to prevent long lasting resource damage. Conditions can still vary and change with spring storms.
Make sure your vehicle has a shovel and emergency kit with food, water, blankets and extra clothes. Be prepared if you become stuck that you may be stranded in your vehicle for several hours or possibly overnight.
Because of winter conditions, target shooters are advised not to go to Rampart Range Road. Instead, consider road 343 (otherwise known as turkey track) north of Woodland Park or Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex. Click on the links below for a map of shooting areas on the Pikes Peak Ranger District including forest road 343.
Shooting information on Pikes Peak Ranger District
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.