Pikes Peak Ranger District

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601 South Weber Colorado Springs, CO 80903Contact Us 

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.

Senior Passes (America The Beautiful - The National Parks)

Update:    Limited number in stock  6/20/2017

To qualify for a Senior pass, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is 62 years or older. (You must have turned 62 before you can buy the pass).

NOTE: Owning property or paying taxes in the U.S. does not automatically qualify you for a Senior Pass. You must be a permanent U.S. resident, or a U.S. citizen with identification such as U.S. Driver's License, Green Card or U.S. Passport.

For more information on the Senior Pass, Visit https://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html

Crags Area Update - March 27, 2017

Crags temporarily closed January 17, 2017

Beginning Tuesday January 17, 2017 the Pikes Peak Ranger District of the Pike-San Isabel National Forest will be temporarily closing the Crags area including Forest Service Road 383, access to Crags, Devils Playground and Raspberry Mountain in order to provide for public safety during hazard tree removal operations.  This closure prohibits all public entry into the area, including foot and vehicle traffic.

The contractor has cut beetle infested trees on approximately 12 acres in the Crags Area.  However, we still have several other projects to complete including felling/removing hazard trees from around trailhead and campground areas that could not be included as part of the existing contract.  We are also planning on completing other forest health projects focused on protecting mature live trees remaining around campground and trailhead areas.  We understand that the Crags Area is very popular and expect to re-open the area this summer once we complete additional activities and can complete a more accurate safety assessment of the remaining stands as snow conditions melt.  Due to safety concerns, the area remains closed to a public entry, including foot and vehicle traffic. There is no specific opening date at this time.

Click for map of Restricted Areas

Target Shooting

Public Shooting Range

Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex is open South of Colorado Springs.  Click here for more information
 

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:

Pikes Peak

Manitou Park Recreation Area

Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area

Recreating in the Waldo Canyon Burn Scar Area

Area Information

Trails

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

Camping

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”.

Fishing

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.

     

 

 

                              



Highlights

  • 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.