South Platte Ranger District - Recreation


View of the surrounding moutains from Devil's Head Tower.

The South Platte Ranger District 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. 

The South Platte District is 450,000 acres in size with elevations ranging from 5,800' along the South Platte River, to over 14,000' at Mount Evans.

Feel free to stop by our visitor center on Highway 285 in Conifer to inquire about current conditions, find out what's going on, and get maps you may need to enjoy your visit on our District. We have Devil's Head Fire Lookout and Smokey Bear T-shirts available for purchase.

Note: For camping near Morrison or Red Rocks Amphitheatre, contact Bear Creek Lake Park at (303) 697.6159, or Chatfield State Park at (303) 791.7275.

At a Glance

Fees Some day use areas & campgrounds have day use and/or camping fees.
Permit Info:
Open Season: Year-round
  • Restrictions exist for motor vehicle use, including snowmobiles, ATVs, motorcycles, 4x4 vehicles, E-Bikes, and other Off Highway Vehicles (OHV). Free Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available. These maps indicate which roads and trails are open and to what type of vehicle.
  • Dispersed camping and parking is allowed in designated sites only on the South Platte Ranger District. Designated sites are posted with "Parking" and "Tent" symbols.  No parking or camping outside of designated sites.  Store all food and trash securely and pack out what you pack in.
  • Wilderness restrictions apply to all designated Wilderness areas. 
  • Climbing Area Restriction: Cliff and Rock faces along Jackson Creek Road 502 restricted from March 1 until July 31:  
Please practice Leave No Trace and Stay the Trail ethics.
Closest Towns: Conifer, Aspen Park, Morrison
Passes: The Interagency Senior Pass and the Interagency Access Pass qualifies for a 50% discount at concessionaire run campsites and picnic areas. 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. Day use is free for holders displaying the Interagency Annual Pass.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: South Platte Ranger District: 30403 Kings Valley Drive, Suite 2-115, Conifer, CO 80433 - Phone: (303) 275-5610 - Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on Federal holidays and weekends

General Information


South Platte Ranger District Office:

From Denver, CO take C470 to Highway 285 South (toward Fairplay, CO). Travel 17.5 miles along Highway 285 to Kings Valley Drive. The office is located to the right, on the upper/north level of the building.


There is limited parking in front of the office. Trailers should park in the lower level lot on the south side of the building.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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7,054' - 14,264'