Kelsey Campground

 

Overview map showing the Buffalo Creek area

Overview map showing the Buffalo Creek area.

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

Portal sign for Kelsey Campground next to highway

Kelsey Campground offers that special blend of being far enough from town that there is no corner store while being close enough that the drive to and from home is a part of the total pleasant getaway. Located southwest of Denver, CO at an elevation of 8,000 feet, Kelsey Campground offers a wonderful opportunity for individuals or families to enjoy the great outdoors. Nearby is a scenic overlook, trails and river fishing. Summer temperatures range from 75-80 degrees during the day to a pleasant 55-65 degrees at night. Wildlife is abundant in the surrounding areas. Host is available on-site.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: Phone 877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov at least 4 days in advance. Friday and Saturday night minimum required stay on weekends. Three (3) night minimum on holiday weekends. Walk-ups are exempt from the nightly minimum. Additional fees may be imposed by the reservation contractor.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees
$18.00 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 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: Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
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.
  • Bears frequent the area and a bear closure order is in place. All bear attractants, both food and non-food items which can attract bears, should be kept in a bear resistant manner. Bear bags, bear boxes, and coolers within hard-sided vehicles are safer ways of storing attractants. Pop-ups, tents, and open-top vehicles are not safe storage areas. Tips for camping in bear country are available from camp hosts.
Closest Towns: Buffalo Creek is 8 miles northeast, along Highway 126. Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1.5 hour drive northeast of campground via US Hwy 285.
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault toilet
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 Green Mountain
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range)
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #105 (Tarryall Mountains / Kenosha Pass)
Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.

General Information

Directions:

From U.S. Highway 285 turn south at Pine Junction on to Jefferson County Road 126. Follow Jefferson County Road 126 16.5 miles south to the Kelsey Campground. The campground will be on the west (right) side of the highway.


Parking:

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


Activities


Bicycling

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

There are 17 campsite at Kelsey Campground.  Fifteen (15) sites are reservable, and site #4 is a first-come, first-served site. Site #1 is reserved for the host. Both site #16 and #17 are tents only.

This campground can accommodate both tents and recreational vehicles up to 30’ in length. No electricity, water or hooks ups available.

RV Camping

There are 17 campsite at Kelsey Campground.  Fifteen (15) sites are reservable, and site #4 is a first-come, first-served site. Site #1 is reserved for the host.  This campground can accommodate both tents and recreational vehicles up to 30’ in length. No electricity, water or hooks ups available.


Fishing

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Nature Viewing

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Scenic Driving

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Amenities

Camping trailer 1 Recreational vehicle up to 30 feet allowed
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
Parking Parking for 2 vehicles per site.
Tent camping 2 tents/ 8 people max
Drinking water Water available