Buffalo Springs Campground

Area Status: Closed

Buffalo Springs Campground is located 12.5 miles south of Fairplay on FS 431.  It has 18 campsites with parking spurs 24-40 feet and a maximum trailer length of 30 feet; elevation is 9,000 feet; camping season begins in May and continues to the beginning of October. Facilities include toilets, tables, water, and fire rings. Camping fees are $17.00 per night. 

Reservations are recommended during the busy summer season and can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or by visiting recreation.gov.

Buffalo Springs Campground is an ideal setting for biking, hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing. Wilderness restrictions apply in nearby Buffalo Peaks Wilderness

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or at recreation.gov.  Reservations must be made at least four days in advance; two night minimum stay on weekends, three night minimum stay on holidays.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: $20 per night
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
  • Max RV 30'. No hook-ups, no refunds for bad weather, and no public phones available. 
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times within the campground
  • Quiet hours are from 10 P.M. until 6 A.M.
  • Campfires are resrtricted to fire rings only.  Be sure any campfire is completely extinguished before leaving.
  • No more than a 14 consecutive night stay in campground.
  • 8 people may stay on any one site.
  • Facility roads are not paved.
Closest Towns: Fairplay, Colorado
Water: Water pump; no water hook ups
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation
Information Center: South Park Ranger District 719 836-2031

General Information


From Fairplay, CO take Highway 285 south for about 12.5 miles, just 3 miles past County Road 22 turnoff. Turn right onto Forest Road 431 and continue one mile to campground.


While this area is generally accessible by foot year round, it is closed to motorized use from January 1st - June 15th each year for elk calving.  The campground only operates during the summer months from May - October.


Parking is available at each campsite which can accommodate up to two vehicles.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

Buffalo Springs Campground has 18 sites.

Reservation required?: Y


Camping trailer: There are 18 campsites at this campground.
Picnic tables: Each campsite has a picnic table.
Tent camping: There are 18 campsites at this campground.
Parking: Each campsite can accommodate up to two vehicles.
Toilets: There are vault toilets.
Drinking water: Drinking water is available.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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9,000 feet