Buffalo Campground


Overview map showing the Buffalo Creek area

Overview map showing the Buffalo Creek area.

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

picnic table at campsite

Buffalo Campground offers a setting far enough from town that there is no corner store, while being close enough that the drive to and from home makes a pleasant getaway. Located about an hour drive southwest of Denver, CO at an elevation of 7,400', Buffalo Campground provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals or families to enjoy the great outdoors. A part of the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area, there are several multi-use non-motorized trails nearby. No dump station, or hook-ups are available.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: Phone 877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov at least 4 days in advance. Friday and Saturday night minimum required stay on weekends. 3 nights minimum on holiday weekends. Walk-ups are exempt from the nightly minimum.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
$22.00 fee per site for overnight camping. Two (2) vehicles or one (1) RV per site is included in the camping fee. $6.00 for a third vehicle. 
$7.00 fee for day use if not camping overnight.
Fees are payable by cash, check or money order. Self-servicing fee tube is available.
First-come, first-served sites must be occupied the SAME NIGHT.
Open Season: June 1 - Sept 30
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to this campground:
  • Maximum 8 persons per site: 2 tents and 2 vehicles or 1 recreation vehicle.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
  • No discharge of firearms or fireworks.
  • Only licensed vehicles can operate inside campground.
  • Bears frequent the area and a bear closure order is in place. All bear attractants, both food and non-food items which can attract bears, should be kept in a bear resistant manner. Bear bags, bear boxes, and coolers within hard-sided vehicles are safer ways of storing attractants. Pop-ups, tents, and open-top vehicles are not safe storage areas. Tips for camping in bear country are available from camp hosts.
  • Camping is NOT ALLOWED behind a LOCKED GATE.
Closest Towns: Buffalo Creek is 5 miles northeast, along Highway 126. Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1.5 hour drive northeast of the campground via Highway 285.
Water: No water
Restroom: Vault toilets

The Interagency Senior Pass and the Interagency Access Pass qualifies for a 50% discount at concessionaire run campsites. 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.

Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company
Information Center: Appears on the following maps:
  • Pike National Forest
  • USGS Quad Green Mountain
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers / Rampart Range)
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #105 (Tarryall Mountains / Kenosha Pass)
Contact the South Platte Ranger District at 303.275.5610 for more information.

General Information


From U.S. Highway 285 turn south at Pine Junction on to Jefferson County Road 126. Follow Jefferson County Road 126 to FDR 550 approximately 13.5 miles south. Turn west on Forest Road 550. The campground is 5 miles.


Wheelchair accessbile sites are available, as well as picnic tables and vault toilets.


Parking is available for either 2 vehicles or 1 recreational vehicle per campsite. Additional parking is available apart from the campsite.

A fee of $6 will be charged for the third vehicle.

General Notes:

Physical Address:

28718 Redskin Creek Rd.
Bailey CO 80421

Latitude, Longitude: 39 20'28" -105 19'51"

Elevation:  7,400 feet

Number of sites:  38 (24 are reservable, 14 are first-come-first-served)

Host on Site: yes, usually at campsite #2

If campsites have not been previously reserved, they too will be first-come-first-serve sites. First-come-first-serve sites must be occupied the SAME NIGHT

Buffalo Campground does not have electricity or water hook-ups. There is no dump station available. Closest dump station is Chatfield Lake State Park in Littleton

There is creek access across from the campground entrance.

Several hiking trails are within walking distance from the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Picnic tables Picnic tables and fire rings/grates available.
Toilets Vault toilets
Parking Parking for 2 vehicles per site.
Fee charged for some activities Overnight or day use fees
Tent camping 2 tents/ 8 people max per campsite
Accessible Universally accessible picnic tables and vault toilets are available.
Camping trailer 1 recreational vehicle allowed per campsite: spur lengths vary, see campsite map
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