South Platte Ranger District

Winter Time North Fork of the South Platte 2

Map of the District

Contact Information:

30403 Kings Valley Drive, Suite 2-115
Conifer, CO 80433
Ph: 303-275-5610
Fax: 303-275-5642

The South Platte Ranger District is providing virtual services. 

South Platte FAQ sheet .

We can also answer questions via email, in the subject line please write "South Platte Ranger District" so it will be directed to us in a timely manner. Click Here to Email the Pike National Forest

What's happening on the District:

  • The Guanella Pass Road is CLOSED at this time due to inclement weather.
  • The South Platte Ranger District is under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Dispersed sites on the South Platte Ranger District including those on Rampart Range Road, Rim Road, Jackson Creek Road, Dakan Rd, and the area known as Dutch Fred are considered undeveloped campsites for the purpose of this order.
  • The Devil's Head Recreation Area, including the campground, trailhead, trail and tower are CLOSED for the rest of 2020, to protect the health and safety of our employees. Rock Climbing is still allowed as long as visitors do not access the main trail or tower.
  • The Rampart Range Recreation Area is OPEN
  • Campgrounds are OPEN.
  • Group campsites are CLOSED until further notice.
  • For campgrounds accepting reservations, please visit to make reservations at least four days in advance.

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View South Platte Ranger District prescribed fire information


Remember - Leave No Trace: Pack it in - Pack it out

Trash service is not available, please plan accordingly.

A cartoon of a man packing out trash. Please pack out all trash if there are no facilities

The South Platte Ranger District is part of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands. It is located east of the Continental Divide in the central Rocky Mountains and lies adjacent to the Denver metro area in Park, Jefferson, Douglas, Clear Creek, and Teller counties. It is easily accessible from Denver, with a population of over 700,000 people, resulting in more than 2.5 million annual visits. The South Platte Ranger District is 450,000 acres with elevations ranging from 5,800 feet at the South Platte River to more than 14,000 feet at Mount Evans.

  • The recreational opportunities in the South Platte are extensive. Approximately 70% of public use is dispersed activities such as camping, fishing, hiking, biking, and horseback riding on non-motorized trails, rock climbing, swimming, boating on North and South Forks of the South Platte River and winter sports like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Some of the unique opportunities found on the South Platte include:
  • 100+ miles of off highway vehicle (OHV) trails in the Rampart Range area
  • 50+ miles of South Platte river based recreation
  • 50+ miles of mountain bike trails
  • Two wilderness areas: Lost Creek and Mount Evans

The riparian area on the South Platte River Corridor, including the river and streamside plants, support a variety of biotic processes. Riparian areas are naturally suited to stabilize streambeds, filter sediment, improve water quality, and provide habitat for some of Colorado's most treasured wildlife. The quality of this resource is very sensitive to human impacts.

Dispersed recreation uses create the greatest impacts such as law enforcement and major resource disturbance. Total use in dispersed activities is approximately one million visitor days. Given the statistics, it is easy to see how resource damage could occur.  You can help to minimize your impacts by following a few simple guidelines when you use the recreation areas.  Store all food and trash securely, and pack out what you pack in.  Please practice Leave No Trace and Stay the Trail ethics.

To protect the natural beauty of the area an provide a quality recreational experience for all visitors, the U.S. Forest Service shares stewardship through partnerships with Denver Water, Douglas and Jefferson County Public Works, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, and the Sheriff's Departments of Douglas and Jefferson Counties.

Three work centers serve the district:

  1. AG Ranch
  2. Buffalo Creek
  3. Indian Creek

The South Platte Ranger District office is located on Highway 285 near Conifer and learn more about current conditions and what is happening on our district. The district office has brochures, Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) and other maps, and educational material for organizations and schools. We carry also carry Smokey Bear and Devil's Head Lookout Tower T-shirts.