Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area



Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area

Updated 7/18/2018

Due to low water level, the Rampart Reservoir Boat Ramp will be closed for the remainder of the season to motorized and/or trailered boats.  Hand launched watercraft may still be launched seven days a week from 7a.m.- 5p. m.

No water craft allowed within 500 feet of the dam and spillway structure.

Fishing is prohibited from the dam.

Updated 7/18/2018


Rampart Reservoir in the summer.

Summertime at Rampart Reservoir


RAMPART RESERVOIR Recreation Area:  The Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area offers a wide range of opportunities.  In 1967, a special city election approved the opening of the area around Rampart Reservoir for public recreation upon construction of recreation facilities by the Forest Service.  The area, under the management of the Forest Service, was opened for public use in September 1974; Meadow Ridge and Thunder Ridge were converted from picnic areas into campgrounds and opened up as such in 1983.  The area is located 4.2 miles east of Woodland Park on the Rampart Range Road, FDR 300.  There is a $7 fee for day-use.  This fee is included in the overnight campground charge.  The America the Beautiful Senior or Access passes entitle holders to a 50 percent discount of this fee.  There is an annual pass available through Rocky Mtn Rec. (719 687 7818) for $50 which covers Rampart as well as Manitou Lake.   From early May to Mid October, the area is open to Public Vehicle Access, depending on weather. All visitors with vehicles must depart the boat launch area and exit pass the guard station gate by 5 p.m.  Motorized boats will be allowed in late May.

MEADOW RIDGE Campground:  Has 19 campsites with parking areas at least 30' long at this 9200' elevation.   Sites 12 and 13  have been developed for handicapped accessibility.  Camping season usually begins in early May and continues into September.   User fee is $23/per night/per site.     Facilities include tables, fire grates, drinking water, two handicapped-accessible vault-type toilets, and trash collection.

THUNDER RIDGE Campground: Site has 21 campsites with parking areas at least 30' long within this 9,200' elevation.  Sites 8, 10, and 22 have been developed for handicapped accessibility.  Season usually begins late May and continues into September.  User fee is $23 per night/per site.  Facilities include tables, fire grates, drinking water, vault-type toilets, and trash collection. There are two accessible toilets.

Campsites in the above campgrounds may be reserved through an internet site (www.recreation.gov) system or by calling 1-877-444-6777.  A reservation fee is charged.  Reservations may be made up to 240 days in advance or as late as 5 days prior to arrival. There is a 2-night minimum stay for the above if reservations are made for either a Friday or Saturday night and a 3-night minimum stay for holiday weekends.

PROMONTORY Picnic ground:  There are 34 picnic units within this 9100' elevation. Drinking water is available. Tables, two handicap-accessible vault toilets, fire grates, and trash collection are provided.  The season begins in early May and continues into mid October.  There is no overnight use at this site.

Attractions:  The Reservoir is an attraction in itself. This 500-surface-acre lake is backed up behind the 230' high and 3400' long dam completed in 1969. The Reservoir is the City of Colorado Springs storage for 13 billion gallons of domestic water.  Because the Reservoir is a domestic water supply, it is subject to considerable drawdown during dry years.

The boat ramp is located at Dikeside; during summer months a boat dock is available. Wading, swimming, and water skiing are prohibited.  Boats must be operated at speeds which will not create a white water wake.  Stay at least 150' from people fishing from shore. 

The Reservoir is stocked with fish by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.  A valid Colorado fishing license is required as well as following the State of Colorado fishing regulations.

The hiking opportunities are excellent with the following trails in the area: #714 (Rainbow Gulch), #700 (Rampart Reservoir), and #709 (Nichols).  Trails have been developed in order to prevent erosion and to maintain the area in its most natural state.  Please help to preserve this area by staying on the trails.  Mountain biking has become very popular on Rampart and Rainbow Gulch Trails.  Please respect other users.

Winter activities:  Includes cross country skiing.  Please pack our your trash as there are no services during this period. Ice fishing is prohibited on Rampart Reservoir and Nichols Reservoir.

Regulations:  The facilities are designed to allow maximum public use of the land while preserving the area in its most natural state and protecting the quality of the reservoir water. To meet these needs, the following rules are necessary:

No camping except in designated campgrounds.

Keep fires inside stoves, grills, or fire grates.

Pets must be kept on a leash not longer than 6 feet.

Dump waste into receptacles provided.

Fish, food, or clothing must not be cleaned near water hydrants or other sources of water.

The area is closed to the use of firearms or fireworks.

Operate all motor vehicles with a minimum of noise and only on paved roads.

Public property, natural features, plants, and trees are for all to enjoy.  Do not deface, remove or destroy them.

Special Considerations:  Rampart Range Road (FDR #300) is of moderate difficulty. The road is generally closed and has the gates locked from December 1st to April 1st.

Use per season:  Moderate in spring; heavy in summer and fall; and light in winter.