Flat Rocks Campground

 

Overview map for Rampart Range area

Overview map for Rampart Range area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Portal sign for Flat Rocks campground

Hidden in the Rampart Range, Flat Rocks is a campground ideal for the ATV and motorcycle riders in the Rampart Range Motorized Trail System. ATVs and off-road motorcycles are allowed within the campground with immediate connecting trail access. Consult the current Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for specific roads and trails open to off-road vehicles. There is no dump station, electrical, 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

Winter closure notice: Flat Rocks Campground opens when Rampart Range Road opens for the season (after snow and mud season) and closes when the Rampart Range Road closes for the winter around December 1. There is not a preset date in place for opening or closing of the road. Target date is April 1 for opening; target date is December 1 for closing. Dates are weather dependent and can vary with snow levels, mud, and fallen trees. Opening date evaluations are done weekly as spring approaches, and the roads and trails begin to clear. Feel free to contact the district with any questions 303.275.5610.

Reservations: This campsite is first-come, first-serve basis.
Rentals & Guides:
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees

$17.00 fee per site for overnight camping. Two (2) vehicles or one (1) RV per site is included in the camping fee. $5.00 for a third vehicle.

$6.00 fee for day use 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.

Permit Info: All off-road vehicles must be registered with Colorado State Parks.
Open Season: May - Will close when Rampart Range Road is closed
Usage: Medium-Heavy
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 licensed vehicles can operate inside campground.
  • Camping is NOT ALLOWED behind a LOCKED GATE.
Closest Towns:

Sedalia is 15 miles northeast, along Highway 67.

Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1.5 hour drive north of the campground via Highway 85.

Water: Hand pump
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 5 miles. Flat Rocks Campground will be on the west side of the road.


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:

Flat Rocks Campground is a wooded campground with 19 campsites to accommodate both tents and recreational vehicles up to 30’ in length. No electricity or hooks ups available. Water is from a community pump. Because this is the only designated campground allowing off-road vehicles on the road, it tends to fill quickly. The campground is first-come-first-served with no way of determining availability beforehand.

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.


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.


Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Flat Rocks Campground is a wooded campground with 19 campsites to accommodate both tents and recreational vehicles up to 30’ in length. No electricity or hooks ups available. Water is from a hand pump.

Because this is the only designated campground allowing off-road vehicles on the road, it tends to fill quickly. The campground is first-come-first-served with no way of determining availability beforehand.

RV Camping

Flat Rocks Campground is a wooded campground with 19 campsites to accommodate both tents and recreational vehicles up to 30’ in length. No electricity or hooks ups available. Water is from a hand pump.

Because this is the only designated campground allowing off-road vehicles on the road, it tends to fill quickly. The campground is first-come-first-served with no way of determining availability beforehand.


Hunting

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Amenities

Camping trailer 1 recreational vehicle up to 30' allowed per campsite
Toilets Vault toilets
Accessible Universally accessible picnic tables and vault toilets are available.
Picnic tables Picnic tables and fire rings/grates available.
Fee charged for some activities Overnight or day use fees apply
Parking Parking for 2 vehicles per site.
Tent camping 2 tents/ 8 people max per campsite
Drinking water Community pump