Pikes Peak Ranger District

Map of the District

Queens Canyon PPRD

Photo by: Bijan

601 South Weber Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Contact Us 

Phone (719) 636-1602;  Fax (719) 477-4233

Ranger Station Hours: Monday – Friday  8:00am – 4:30pm

Covid-19 and the Pikes Peak Ranger District

Manitou Lake Picnic Area- As of 4/1/2020, we have closed the gate to Manitou Lake Picnic Area.

The vault toilets at Rule Ridge Trail Head, Rainbow Falls Trail Head and the Crags Trail Head have all been locked and closed.

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.


Target Shooting

Public Shooting Range

Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex is open South of Colorado Springs.

Target Shooting on National Forest (check on fire restrictions)

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


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.

Prescribed Fire

Click here to go to the Pikes Peak Prescribed Fire Information Page


  • 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.