Devil's Head Campground

 

Overview map for Rampart Range area

Overview map for Rampart Range area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

View of the surrounding moutains from Devil's Head Tower.

Devil's Head Campground resides at the base of Devil's Head Fire Lookout Tower and trail. Rock formations dot the landscape and provide outstanding views of the surrounding area. No dump station, electricity or water hook-ups available.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
 
Note -- winter closure: Rampart Range Road is closed December 1 of the year and remains closed throughout the winter. Rampart Range Road opens when conditions are favorable for summer recreation, which is around late April or early May. Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.
Reservations: This campground is strictly first-come, first-served basis.
Fees
$16.00 fee per site for overnight camping from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
 
Two (2) vehicles or one (1) RV per site is included in the camping fee. $5.00 for a third vehicle.
 
$6.00 day use fee if not camping overnight.
 
Fees are payable by check or money order.
Self servicing fee tube is available.
 
Golden Age and Golden Access Cardholder: 50% discount off the camping fee only.
Open Season: May - September
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to this campground:
  • Maximum 8 persons per site, 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • No discharge of firearms or fireworks.
  • Only street licensed vehicles are permitted within the Devil's Head Campground. Consult the current Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for specific roads and trails open to off-road vehicles.
  • Camping is NOT ALLOWED behind a LOCKED GATE.
Closest Towns: Sedalia is 20 miles northeast, along Highway 67. Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1.5 hour drive north of the campground via Highway 85.
Water: NO WATER
Restroom: Vault toilets
Passes: The Interagency Senior Pass (previously known as the Golden Age Pass) and the Interagency Access Pass qualifies for a 50% discount at concessionaire run campsites. The discount only applies to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass owner, not to any additional campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass owner's party.
Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Concessionaire
Information Center:

Appears on the following maps:

  • Pike National Forest
  • USGS Quad Devil's Head
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range)
Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.

General Information

Directions:

To reach this area, take U.S. Highway 85 south to Sedalia. Turn west on Highway 67 for 10 miles to the junction with Rampart Range Road. Turn south onto Rampart Range Road for 10 miles. Devil's Head Campground will have a signed turn off.


Accessibility:

The Indian Creek Campground is part of the Rampart Range Road.  In order to protect the resources and provide a safer winter experience, this road is closed to all vehicles wider than 50" annually from December 1 to April 1. Call the district office (303.275.5610) for updated information.
 


Parking:

Parking is available for either 2 vehicles or 1 recreational vehicle per campsite. Additional parking is available apart from the campsite.

A fee of $5 will be charged for the third vehicle.


General Notes:

Devil's Head is a Historic Landmark and receives over 10,000 visitors each summer. The trailhead parking is located in the back of the second loop making the parking area appear very crowded on weekends. Not all visitors camp in the campground. Drive into the loops before determining the campground is full.

Two of the recreational things visitors can enjoy in this area are: (1) Devil's Head Mountain and (2) OHV (off highway vehicle) trail riding.

Devil's Head Mountain accentuates the north end of the Rampart Range. From certain viewpoints, a rock out-cropping projects the profile of the devil’s head. This portion of the area is most famous for the Devil’s Head Lookout. To get to the lookout, you must first hike a 1.4-mile trail, which has a 940’ elevation gain. Hiking time is 45-90 minutes, depending on your pace. There are several rest spots with benches and tables along the trail for your comfort. Bring along your own drinking water, as there is none available either along the trail or at the top. When you reach the top of the trail, you will enter a small valley perfect for a nice break and picnic. You will want to take a rest as you have not yet reached the Lookout; you will need to climb the 143 stairs to the top of the rock outcropping. When you reach the tower, you will immediately become aware of the tremendous vantage point it offers. On clear days, mountain peaks over 100 miles away are visible. The tower’s location is even more significant because the area to the south and west has a very high frequency of lightning strikes. During a typical summer, the area will experience from 30-50 fires caused by lightning. From the vantage point of the tower, the fire lookout ranger is able to spot these fires very soon after they begin. Fire crews then are rapidly dispatched to contain the fire before it gets out of control. The tower is usually staff mid-May through mid-September.

The Rampart Range Motorized Recreation Area is known for its network of motorcycle and ATV trails providing a unique experience for all levels of riders in riding through a forest setting. To preserve this opportunity, the cooperation of everyone is essential.

When motorcycle and ATV riding in the area keep your vehicle on roads & trails specifically designated for that purpose. The sparse vegetation and loose soil make the area especially vulnerable to damage by people and machines. A set of off trail tracks can easily erode; causing a gully that could alter the beauty and usability of the entire area.


Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Devil's Head has 21 campsites within 2 loops to accommodate both tents and recreational vehicles up to 30’ in length. No electricity or hooks ups available. Water is from a community pump.

RV Camping

Devil's Head has 21 campsites within 2 loops to accommodate both tents and recreational vehicles up to 30’ in length. No electricity or hooks ups available. Water is from a community pump.


Climbing

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Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Outdoor Learning

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Rocks & Minerals

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