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Thunder Ridge

12 Reviews

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Thunder Ridge Campground, located above the Rampart Reservoir, is one of two campgrounds within the Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area. The campground overlooks the reservoir, which is popular for fishing. Boating and hiking are also common activities for campers here. The campground is located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, due north of the popular Pikes Peak. The peak has an altitude of 14,110 feet and is America's easternmost peak reaching over 14,000 feet.


Rainbow and mackinaw trout are plentiful in the reservoir and hikers can enjoy the trails in the area. Rampart Reservoir Trail is nearby. Rampart Reservoir Trail extends for 14 miles and is open to hiking and mountain biking.


Three campsites and two of the vault toilets meet current accessibility standards. Most remaining sites have steps that lead below the road level to the site picnic table and campfire ring. Drinking water is provided and each site comes with a picnic table and campfire ring. Firewood can be purchased on-site.

Natural Features

The campground overlooks the Rampart Reservoir in a ponderosa pine forest at an altitude of 9,200 feet. The surrounding terrain includes a mix of grass meadows, spruce, Douglas fir and aspen.

Nearby Attractions

The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs offers tours, and a visit to the quaint town of Green Mountain Falls makes a great day trip.

Charges & Cancellations

Cancellations Individual Campsites: Cancellations up to 2 days before a reservation start date incur a $10.00 cancellation fee.__ A visitor who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee including tax and applicable add-on for a campsite. Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee. No-Shows A no-show visitor is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date. No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night's rate, taxes and applicable add-on for a campsite.____ Refunds Visitors may submit a refund request through their Recreation.gov profile within 7 days of the end date of their reservation. Refunds will not be issued after the 7 days has ended. Refunds for debit or credit card payments will be issued as a credit to the original bank or credit card used to pay. For check or cash purchases, Recreation.gov will mail a Treasury check for refunds of cash, check, or money order payments to the address associated with the reservation. Treasury check refunds may take up to 6-8 weeks to arrive.__ In the event of an emergency closure, the Recreation.gov team or facility manager will refund all fees and will attempt to notify you using the contact information within the Recreation.gov visitor profile.

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12 Reviews

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2023

Great Site

Awesome views of the rampart reservoir. Lots of deer and other wildlife in this area.

Month of VisitAugust
Samantha L.
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2022

Great campground- roads smoothed august 2022

Awesome campground. It is a long road to get up to the site but worth it! Great views and awesome little hike down to the reservoir. Would definitely stay again. Vault toilettes somehow felt extremely clean and smelled… nice??? Cheryl, the campground host, cleans them multiple times a day and takes great care of the whole campground. I didn’t have a reservation but pulled up at 3pm on a week day and there were 2 sites open. Would recommend a res, but you may get lucky. Must make res 4+ days in advance. ***plow was on the road august 10, 2022 smoothing and filling in the pretty gnarly divots that everyone is talking about on the road up to the site. Much better and easier to drive now :) I had some cell service at my site, 7.. enough to send texts and use internet, but other parts of the campground, I lost service completely. (I have Verizon). Firewood available for $8. Definitely some harmless wildlife rummaging around at night (deer, rabbits, etc). Enjoy!

Sitesite 7
Month of VisitSeptember
Kendall C.
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2022

Great view & clean sites

Campsite had good view, clean bathrooms & firewood/host available. The drive up to the site is pretty rough but doable in my small car. Do not use the location in Apple Maps took us to the wrong side of the mountain use coordinates provided or worded directions on the website.

Month of VisitSeptember


Thunder Ridge is located in Colorado

Detail location of campground


From the I-25 and Hwy 24 intersection in Colorado Springs, Colorado, travel west on Highway 24 for 17.4 miles to Baldwin St. in Woodland Park. Turn right (north) on Baldwin (which turns into Rampart Range Road). Travel approximately 3 miles to Loy Creek Road, turn right at the Y, and travel 1.5 miles to Rampart Range Road (Forest Road 300). Turn right (south) on Rampart Range Road. The Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area entrance is approximately 4 miles up the road on the left. Thunder Ridge Campground is approximately 0.7 miles on the left.


601 S. WEBER
Colorado springs, CO 80903


38.9766667 N
104.9830556 W

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