Pikes Peak Ranger District
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.
CRAGS RE-OPENING June 20, 2016
The Pikes Peak Ranger District of the Pike-San Isabel National Forest has re-opened the Crags area, including the Crags Campground and Forest Road 383 after fire crews removed a large number of trees that pose a safety hazard to the recreating public within the Crags Campground and at several trailheads.
To help ensure public safety, the Pikes Peak Ranger District has issued a Forest Order that prohibits dispersed (free) camping, campfires and parking along the FS Road 383:
- Camping is allowed only in the developed Crags Campground. There are 17 campsites available on a first come first serve basis for a fee of $16.00 per night. Camping is allowed in the Crags Campground because the bark beetles have not impacted the Crags Campground nearly as much as the dispersed camping area and it was feasible to cut down the 20 hazard trees in the Crags Campground in the few weeks the area was closed, but it was not possible to fell the large number of hazard trees in the dispersed area.
- Dispersed (free) camping, campfires and parking are prohibited along either side of Forest Road 383, as a large number of hazard trees still exist.
- Parking is allowed only at designated sites (Ring the Peak Trailheads, Crags Trailhead, and within the campground)
Spectators of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb are urged to plan accordingly due to the prohibition on parking and dispersed camping along the Forest Road 383.
Other changes in the drainage include the access to Raspberry Mountain, due to private property and concerns with lack of parking at the unofficial trailhead. Instead of parking at the hairpin corner before the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp, those wanting to hike to Raspberry Mountain will need to drive 1.4 miles further up Forest Road 383 and park at the Ring the Peak Trailhead, and will then use the Ring the Peak Trail to access Raspberry Mountain
As a reminder, visitors are urged to take extra precautions when recreating in the area this summer due to the large number of hazard trees.
Hazard tree removal and associated road and area closures will continue along FS Road 383 after Labor Day, 2016 and in future years.
Public Shooting Range
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:
Manitou Park Recreation Area
Waldo Canyon Trail - CLOSED
Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area
Gold Camp Road
RECREATING IN THE WALDO BURN AREA
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 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.