Kelsey Campground


Overview map showing the Buffalo Creek area

Overview map showing the Buffalo Creek area.


Portal sign for Kelsey Campground next to highway

Kelsey Campground is far enough from town that there is no corner store while being close enough that the drive to and from home is part of an enjoyable getaway. Located southwest of Denver at an elevation of 8,000', Kelsey Campground offers a wonderful opportunity for individuals or families to enjoy the great outdoors. Nearby is a scenic overlook, trails and river fishing. Summer temperatures range from 75-80 degrees during the day to a pleasant 55-65 degrees at night. Host is available on-site.

Overview map showing the Buffalo Creek area Portal sign for Kelsey Campground next to highway Portal sign with street address Kelsey campsite map with spurs Road through open pipe gate into campground

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 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,Drinking water,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 day use fee if not camping overnight.
Fees are payable by cash, check or money order.
Open Season: Memorial Day - Labor Day
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.
  • Camping is NOT ALLOWED behind a LOCKED GATE.
  • 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.
Closest Towns: Buffalo Creek is 8 miles northeast, along Highway 126. Denver/Morrison is approximately a 1.5 hour drive northeast of campground via US Hwy 285.
Water: Yes
Restroom: Vault toilet
Passes: 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 16.5 miles south to the Kelsey Campground. The campground will be on the west (right) side of the highway.


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

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Picnic tables Picnic tables and fire rings/grates available.
Drinking water Water 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
Accessible Universally accessible picnic tables and vault toilets are available.
Camping trailer 1 Recreational vehicle up to 30 feet allowed