The Buffalo Creek Recreation Area contains over 50 miles of multi-use, non-motorized trails that tie into the Colorado Trail in several places. There are numerous options available for riding or hiking. Some of the old logging roads provide two-track while connecting trails offer single track. It takes about an 1.5 hours to drive to this area from Denver.
Please know and respect local area restrictions including; parking and camping in designated sites only. Developed camping is available at nearby Forest Service campgrounds including Buffalo, Green Mountain, Kelsey, and Meadows Group Campground.
Nice dispersed camping sites. Our only complaint was the couple that decided to join us at our site without asking, saying please, or even thank you for allowing them to stay. They also had a dog which agitated our dogs for the rest of our stay. Get it together folks!
The "Buffalo Creek Recreation Area" is ONLY the 35 designated dispersed campsites that start just west of the intersection marked on the map(Redskin Rd/County road 550 AND Deckers Road/hwy 126). It does not include the formal Buffalo Creek Campground. The Rec Area runs almost the full 5 miles between that intersection and the formal Buffalo Creek Campground. There is no firewood for purchase at Buffalo Creek Recreation Area (but likely is at the formal Buffalo Creek Campground), no trash, and no fires allowed currently (due to covid). As some other reviews stated, there were several port-a-potties along the 5 mile road, maybe 6. Closest phone signal we could find for AT&T & T-Mobile was back at the east end of the road, near & in the Day-Use parking lot (for charge). Have fun & be respectful of others around & the people that will use your site next :)
We headed out to these spots on memorial day weekend and it was busy. So busy that we had to go in the middle of the week to get a spot, so plan ahead here and expect crowds. That being said, each spot is unique and we loved it. We ended up staying as far up the road as possible and found a large spot big enough for a trailer and a few cars.
Keep in mind there is buffalo creek campground ($) and buffalo creek rec area that is free with dispersed camping. The dispersed camping is where we stayed and i believe there are over 40+ spots if you explore all the roads. A lot of the spots are large enough to accommodate a trailer or small RV. No bathrooms on site ad fire rings are made of rocks. Most spots are near the road, as you can see from my photo but the further up the road you get, the traffic will calm down. We did not see this as a problem at all. This are is prone to wildfires and has been in a fire ban since the winter.
Plenty to do up here as well, hiking, biking and world class fishing just down the road in Deckers.
Get here early and find a spot that fits you.
This place is great for outdoor enthusiasts. We stayed here a couple weekends in a row and we were able to try out some different spots and trails close to those spots. This free campground is perfect!
There are some sites that are better than others for group sizes and it isn’t very RV friendly. 550 is a washboard road that ends up at Wellington Lake. You can get here from the Pine junction side or the Bailey side.
Our site on this trip was#27 and we really loved it. It was downset from the road so we had a little privacy and the sites are large and far apart from each other so we were able to socially distance within our own group. There was plenty of tree coverage for rainstorms and shade but not too much to where you couldn’t find a tent site easily.
There is an active fire ban in the area and the neighbors were lighting 5ft tall fires with gasoline which put us at risk. If you are going to be camping in BLM or Wildlife Areas please follow the restrictions and don’t put others at risk with no cell phone service.
The trails and stream aren’t too far from the site so you can easily hike or bike there. We hiked out to the 96 burn area to explore and we ended up doing a nice 7 mile loop to get down to the creek for a cool down.
There are no bathrooms so the first day we got there we did a trash clean up of the backwoods of our site from toilet paper left out there.
This "campground" is not super large RV friendly so if you are in a large RV try and get site 13 or head to one of the established campgrounds down the road or try for the group camping area that you can see in my pictures.
Had a blast at this place. We arrived early Friday morning and most spots were already claimed. There are a total of 35 free camp sites but if you continue down 550 there are some paid camp sites as well, but those were closed for the time being. Sherif came through a few times. Sites were big and far enough away from neighbors. Would recommend.
Nice big clean camping sites. There are port a potties but they are all far away from each site.
There’s about 30 or so sites. First come first serve but are free. Nice large sites many have room for RV’s. Good distance between sites for privacy as well. Fills up very fast on the weekends.
Although there are a few actual campgrounds in the Buffalo creek area, there are also quite a few designated dispersed campsites along the road. They are clearly marked and were pretty full on a Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (but what isn't?). There's several creeks that run through the area and a network of trails that intersect the Colorado Trail and the road. The area is popular with mountain bikers.
It was completely snow free when we visited for Memorial Day, and the creek was flowing high. There were some fish in the creek, but nothing big enough to catch. We chose to park at a designated parking area and hike a short distance on the Colorado Trail to camp. We found a nice spot that had clearly been camped in before as there was already a fire ring.
Overall, lots of space to camp and play and a good option for the shoulder season when higher options are under snow.
The area was well kept and obviously beautiful, it's Colorado after all. There was no running water, however the camo host drives an ATV around offering water from giant containers. I loved it.