Pikes Peak Ranger District

 

PPRD Pikes Peak Winter 2

Contact Us 

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 

 


Target Shooting

Public Shooting Range

Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex is open South of Colorado Springs.  Click here for more information
 

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:

Pikes Peak

Manitou Park Recreation Area

Waldo Canyon Trail - CLOSED

Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area

Gold Camp Road

 

RECREATING IN THE WALDO BURN AREA 

Trails

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

Camping

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”.

Fishing

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.

     

 

 

                              



Highlights

  • Memorial Grove
    Please make a special effort to keep this tradition going. Past participants have found it to be a great way to show respect for those who dedicated their lives to public service in the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service. This is a private ceremony for family and friends of the departed and is held annually on the first Saturday in May.