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.


2015 Holiday Tree Sale  Christmas Tree Clipart

***The Pikes Peak Ranger District has received a considerable amount snow recently. Due to current road conditions and more snow in the forecast, 4X4 and/or chains are HIGHLY advisable. Please dress appropriately and be prepared for cold, snowy conditions. As always, have an emergency kit with you when you venture into the outdoors.

Christmas Tree permits for the Pikes Peak Ranger District will go on sale starting November 30 through Dec 16, 2015.   

 Click here for more detailed information and a map of the cutting area. 

New Public Shooting Range

A new public shooting range has opened in the Colorado Springs area:  http://www.cheyennemountainshootingcomplex.com/ 

Recreation Areas

There are 5 major recreation areas on  the Pikes Peak Ranger District:

Pikes Peak

Manitou Park Recreation Area

Waldo Canyon Trail

Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area

Gold Camp Road




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 Division of 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.






  • Pike National Forest Emergency Flood Repair Update Link opens in a new window
    The ACC, Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) and U.S. Forest Service-Pike National Forest, Pikes Peak Ranger District continue to make significant repairs to flood damaged areas in El Paso County along Old Stage Road, Upper and Lower Gold Camp Road and Transmitter Lane.
  • 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.