Springer Gulch Campground is located in the Eleven Mile Canyon, a short walk from the South Platte River, offering sweeping mountain views at an altitude of 8,300 feet. Fly fishermen will find an abundance of trout and visitors enjoy exploring area trails.
Hikers can access the nearby Overlook Trail and take in breathtaking views of Eleven Mile Canyon and Eleven Mile Reservoir. On this hike, lucky visitors may catch a glimpse of golden eagles nesting in the nearby granite cliffs and crags. Trail access is from Spillway Campground.
Springer Gulch Campground offers about 14 reservable campsites. Parking aprons are dirt and fit trailers up to 25 feet in length. Campground amenities include picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets, and a hand pump for drinking water.
Ponderosa, aspen and fir trees are scattered throughout the campground and become more dense at sites that are further up the gulch. Eleven Mile Canyon was cut by the South Platte River and is bordered by polished gray granite cliffs. The Eleven Mile Reservoir is a short senic drive away. Visitors are likely to see wildlife like elk, mule deer, foxes, and the occasional mountain lions and bears. At dusk, bats may be spotted as well.
Visitors enjoy the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. Petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants reveal the story of a very different, prehistoric Colorado.
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Springer Gulch is a beautiful primitive campground in easy driving distance from Eleven Mile state park. If you don't want to drive to the lake, there are plenty of spots along the river you can set up and tube/float along.
The campground was quite and filled with families, so no issues there. Campground host does come around with firewood if you need any. Campsites are clean and well-kept.
There were, however, a few drawbacks to this Campground if you are pulling a trailer. First off the road in is completely washboard so if you're pulling a trailer it'll take you twice as long to get to your site.
Additionally the loop in the campground is very tight so again if you are pulling a trailer you need to know which site you were in before going into the loop as to make sure you are going the correct way when you back up into your site. It not a one-way Loop, therefore pulling in with a trailer will be counterintuitive if you go the wrong way.
Much of the road was washed out with large ditches so we were having to be extremely cautious to make sure we didn't bottom out.
Once we got in to the campground with the trailer, parked and set up, we had a wonderful time. Plenty of shade and trees.
The Campground has pit toilets and pump water.
Springer Gulch in Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area is absolutely beautiful. About 40min from Colorado Springs, its an easy to access escape west of Pikes Peak. When you drive into the Recreation Area, the road continues into a canyon and follows along the creek. You wont get any road noise here or cell reception. There are many picnic areas and campsites along the way.
We stayed at Springer Gulch campsite a few miles in. The road is a little rough so it can be slow going. Each of the established campgrounds have restroom facilities and water pumps. Sites are clean and each campground has a camp host. If you forget to bring your firewood, most of the hosts should have some to sell. All of the sites have a fire pit/grill and picnic table. Sites go fast so make sure you reserve yours plenty ahead of time.
There are a lot of activities in the area to enjoy including hiking and fishing. Overall we loved our little weekend getaway. Would recommend any day.
As a Ranger for the Dyrt, I get to test products from time to time. At Springer Gulch in Eleven mile Canyon Recreation Area I tested the aramba Waterproof Hard Shell Jacket by Mishmi Takin. The jacket was an upgrade for me from my old waterproof jacket and I'm much happier with it. There were a lot of things I loved about the Garamba.
- Fit & Function: It fits excellent without being too tight or too large. It leaves enough room for proper layering in colder weather.
- Adjustability: It has many double zippers, velcro straps, draw strings, etc. to change the jacket to your current needs. All are easy to reach and function easily.
- Abrasion Resistance: The material feels more durable to the touch compared to many lightweight hard shell jackets. I'm not afraid to wear it on trails with dense growth.