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Best Dispersed Sites Near Colorado Springs, CO (39)

    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Herman Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Herman Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Herman Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Herman Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Herman Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Mount Herman Road Dispersed Camping

    1.

    Mount Herman Road Dispersed Camping

    29 Reviews
    93 Photos
    1104 Saves
    Monument, Colorado

    Part of Pike and San Isabel National Forests Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands. Mount Herman Trail begins at a small parking area on a switchback on Mount Herman Road. This trail provides a 2-mile one-way hike to the summit of Mt. Herman.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Firewood Available
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Cascade-Chipita Park/Woodland Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cascade-Chipita Park/Woodland Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cascade-Chipita Park/Woodland Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cascade-Chipita Park/Woodland Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cascade-Chipita Park/Woodland Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Cascade-Chipita Park/Woodland Park

    2.

    Cascade-Chipita Park/Woodland Park

    19 Reviews
    78 Photos
    597 Saves
    Green Mountain Falls, Colorado

    Primitive camping off Rampart Range Road. Some fire rings.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Range Road - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Range Road - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Range Road - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Range Road - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Range Road - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Range Road - Dispersed Camping

    3.

    Rampart Range Road - Dispersed Camping

    13 Reviews
    53 Photos
    597 Saves
    Green Mountain Falls, Colorado

    Rampart Range Road offers a prime spot for dispersed camping in the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands in Colorado. This area is a gem for those who crave a bit of solitude and breathtaking views. The campsites are spread out enough to give you some privacy, though don't expect complete isolation, especially on weekends.

    One of the standout features here is the stunning scenery. Whether you're perched on a cliffside or nestled among the trees, the views are nothing short of spectacular. Some campers have mentioned that the sunsets and sunrises are particularly memorable, so keep your camera handy.

    While the area lacks amenities like toilets, showers, and drinking water, it makes up for it with its natural beauty and the freedom to camp without a permit. Fires are allowed, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire under the stars, but remember to bring your own firewood or an axe to gather some from around the site.

    Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure. Just be mindful of the local wildlife, including bears and mountain lions. It's a good idea to bear-proof your campsite and keep your food stored securely.

    Cell service is spotty but available, particularly for Verizon users, which is a nice bonus if you need to stay connected. The road leading to the area can be a bit rough, so take it slow and steady, especially if you're in a two-wheel-drive vehicle.

    Overall, Rampart Range Road is a fantastic spot for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle and immerse themselves in nature. Just be prepared for a bit of roughing it, and you'll have an unforgettable camping experience.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Range Area Dispersed Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Range Area Dispersed Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Range Area Dispersed Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Range Area Dispersed Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Range Area Dispersed Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Range Area Dispersed Campsite

    4.

    Rampart Range Area Dispersed Campsite

    9 Reviews
    17 Photos
    348 Saves
    Green Mountain Falls, Colorado

    Don't want to camp in a developed campground? There are many places on the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands where you can pitch a tent and practice low impact camping techniques. Dispersed camping is primitive, undevleoped, frontcountry "car camping".

    Remember: when dispersed camping, no toilets, trash service, or potable water, are available. Store all food and trash securely, and pack out what you pack in. Practice Leave No Trace.

    Please observe the following requirements when dispersed camping:

    In some areas, dispersed camping and parking is allowed in designated sites only. Do not create resource damage by driving off-road, beyond designated parking locations, or behind barriers. Parking should be within 30' of site markers where posted. Developed sites, including trailheads and picnic areas, are closed to overnight camping and allow for day use activities only. Tread lightly, and avoid trampling sensitive vegetation. Locate your camp at least 100' from any water source. Use catholes to properly dispose of human and pet waste; bury waste in a cathole at least 6-8" deep and 200’ from any water source. Packing out human and pet waste using self-contained waste disposal systems is encouraged. Campfires are allowed at overnight sites as long as fire restrictions aren’t in place. You may gather small amounts of down, dead wood for a campfire. Use existing fire rings; keep your campfire small and always make sure it is completely extinguished before leaving. No campfires outside of designated overnight sites. BEARS and other wildlife When you go to the mountains and forest, you are in bear county. Do not leave ANY food, trash or other animal attractant unattended. Store all food and trash securely and pack out what you pack in. Failing to do so can result in a fine. Also be aware that; where not otherwise restricted, camping or leaving camping equipment at any location more than 14 days within a continuous 30 day period, and/or occupying any campsite within three miles of any prior camping or equipment location for a combined total of more than 28 days within any continuous 60 day period, is prohibited. Also, leaving camping equipment unattended for more than 24 hours is not allowed. In addition; discharging a firearm is prohibited within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area; or across or on a National Forest System road or a body of water, or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge. Plan your trip; phone ahead for restrictions and special regulations. Contact your local Ranger District office for more information.

    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Gold Camp Road/Forest Service Road 376 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Gold Camp Road/Forest Service Road 376 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Gold Camp Road/Forest Service Road 376 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Gold Camp Road/Forest Service Road 376 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Gold Camp Road/Forest Service Road 376 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Gold Camp Road/Forest Service Road 376 Dispersed

    5.

    Gold Camp Road/Forest Service Road 376 Dispersed

    7 Reviews
    68 Photos
    626 Saves
    Victor, Colorado

    Don't want to camp in a developed campground? There are many places on the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands where you can pitch a tent and practice low impact camping techniques. Dispersed camping is primitive, undevleoped, frontcountry "car camping".

    Remember: when dispersed camping, no toilets, trash service, or potable water, are available. Store all food and trash securely, and pack out what you pack in. Practice Leave No Trace.

    Please observe the following requirements when dispersed camping:

    In some areas, dispersed camping and parking is allowed in designated sites only. Do not create resource damage by driving off-road, beyond designated parking locations, or behind barriers. Parking should be within 30' of site markers where posted. Developed sites, including trailheads and picnic areas, are closed to overnight camping and allow for day use activities only. Tread lightly, and avoid trampling sensitive vegetation. Locate your camp at least 100' from any water source. Use catholes to properly dispose of human and pet waste; bury waste in a cathole at least 6-8" deep and 200’ from any water source. Packing out human and pet waste using self-contained waste disposal systems is encouraged. Campfires are allowed at overnight sites as long as fire restrictions aren’t in place. You may gather small amounts of down, dead wood for a campfire. Use existing fire rings; keep your campfire small and always make sure it is completely extinguished before leaving. No campfires outside of designated overnight sites. BEARS and other wildlife When you go to the mountains and forest, you are in bear county. Do not leave ANY food, trash or other animal attractant unattended. Store all food and trash securely and pack out what you pack in. Failing to do so can result in a fine. Also be aware that; where not otherwise restricted, camping or leaving camping equipment at any location more than 14 days within a continuous 30 day period, and/or occupying any campsite within three miles of any prior camping or equipment location for a combined total of more than 28 days within any continuous 60 day period, is prohibited. Also, leaving camping equipment unattended for more than 24 hours is not allowed. In addition; discharging a firearm is prohibited within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area; or across or on a National Forest System road or a body of water, or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge. Plan your trip; phone ahead for restrictions and special regulations. Contact your local Ranger District office for more information.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area

    6.

    Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area

    5 Reviews
    25 Photos
    359 Saves
    Woodland Park, Colorado

    The area is located 4.2 miles east of Woodland Park on Rampart Range Road, FDR 300. **Be advised that the road is a rough, rutted, washboard, native surface road and the posted speed limit is 20 mph. Hauling boat or camper trailers can make this drive especially difficult and slow.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Dispersed
    • Picnic Table
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Reservoir Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Reservoir Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Reservoir Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Reservoir Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Reservoir Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Rampart Reservoir Dispersed

    7.

    Rampart Reservoir Dispersed

    5 Reviews
    20 Photos
    176 Saves
    Green Mountain Falls, Colorado

    The Rampart Range Recreation Area provides a unique setting for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts to enjoy a variety of riding experiences. From intermediate to expert riders, ATV or motorcycle, the Rampart has something for everyone.

    Please make sure you are prepared and ride within your abilities. Changing conditions, natural hazards, as well as oncoming traffic may be encountered. Please become familiar with and obey all local rules and regulations.

    Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) are available for free at your local USFS office or can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/psicc/mvum.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Creek Recreation Area

    8.

    Buffalo Creek Recreation Area

    24 Reviews
    76 Photos
    1582 Saves
    Buffalo Creek, Colorado

    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.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Toilets
    Camper-submitted photo from Ice Cave Rd Dispersed Site - Pike National Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Ice Cave Rd Dispersed Site - Pike National Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Ice Cave Rd Dispersed Site - Pike National Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Ice Cave Rd Dispersed Site - Pike National Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Ice Cave Rd Dispersed Site - Pike National Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Ice Cave Rd Dispersed Site - Pike National Forest

    9.

    Ice Cave Rd Dispersed Site - Pike National Forest

    5 Reviews
    17 Photos
    148 Saves
    Palmer Lake, Colorado

    Don't want to camp in a developed campground? There are many places on the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands where you can pitch a tent and practice low impact camping techniques. Dispersed camping is primitive, undevleoped, frontcountry "car camping".

    Remember: when dispersed camping, no toilets, trash service, or potable water, are available. Store all food and trash securely, and pack out what you pack in. Practice Leave No Trace.

    Please observe the following requirements when dispersed camping:

    In some areas, dispersed camping and parking is allowed in designated sites only. Do not create resource damage by driving off-road, beyond designated parking locations, or behind barriers. Parking should be within 30' of site markers where posted. Developed sites, including trailheads and picnic areas, are closed to overnight camping and allow for day use activities only. Tread lightly, and avoid trampling sensitive vegetation. Locate your camp at least 100' from any water source. Use catholes to properly dispose of human and pet waste; bury waste in a cathole at least 6-8" deep and 200’ from any water source. Packing out human and pet waste using self-contained waste disposal systems is encouraged. Campfires are allowed at overnight sites as long as fire restrictions aren’t in place. You may gather small amounts of down, dead wood for a campfire. Use existing fire rings; keep your campfire small and always make sure it is completely extinguished before leaving. No campfires outside of designated overnight sites. BEARS and other wildlife When you go to the mountains and forest, you are in bear county. Do not leave ANY food, trash or other animal attractant unattended. Store all food and trash securely and pack out what you pack in. Failing to do so can result in a fine. Also be aware that; where not otherwise restricted, camping or leaving camping equipment at any location more than 14 days within a continuous 30 day period, and/or occupying any campsite within three miles of any prior camping or equipment location for a combined total of more than 28 days within any continuous 60 day period, is prohibited. Also, leaving camping equipment unattended for more than 24 hours is not allowed. In addition; discharging a firearm is prohibited within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area; or across or on a National Forest System road or a body of water, or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge. Plan your trip; phone ahead for restrictions and special regulations. Contact your local Ranger District office for more information.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakan Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakan Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakan Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakan Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakan Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Dakan Road Dispersed Camping

    10.

    Dakan Road Dispersed Camping

    11 Reviews
    41 Photos
    640 Saves
    Larkspur, Colorado

    Dispersed camping and parking is allowed in designated sites only on the South Platte Ranger District. Designated sites are posted with "Parking" and "Tent" symbols.

    Dispersed camping is primitive, undeveloped, frontcountry "car camping". Several areas across the District allow dispersed camping, however certain areas are closed to overnight camping and allow for day use activites only.

    Remember: when dispersed camping, no toilets, trash service, or potable water, are available. Store all food and trash securely, and pack out what you pack in. Please practice Leave No Trace.

    Designated dispersed camping is located along NFSR 300, 502, 507, and 563.

    Please observe these requirements when dispersed camping:

    Plan your trip; phone ahead for restrictions and special regulations. ​Dispersed camping and parking is allowed in designated sites only. Do not create resource damage by driving off-road, beyond designated parking locations, or behind barriers. Parking should be within 30' of site markers. Developed sites, including trailheads and picnic areas, are closed to overnight camping and allow for day use activities only. Tread lightly, and avoid trampling sensitive vegetation. Locate your camp at least 100' from any water source. Use catholes to properly dispose of human and pet waste; bury waste in a cathole at least 6-8" deep and 200’ from any water source. Packing out human and pet waste using self-contained waste disposal systems is encouraged. Campfires are allowed at overnight sites as long as fire restrictions aren’t in place. You may gather small amounts of down, dead wood for a campfire. Use existing fire rings; keep your campfire small and always make sure it is completely extinguished before leaving. No campfires outside of designated overnight sites. BEARS and other wildlife When you go to the mountains and forest, you are in bear county. Do not leave ANY food, trash or other animal attractant unattended. Store all food and trash securely and pack out what you pack in. Failing to do so can result in a fine. Be aware that where not otherwise restricted, camping or leaving camping equipment at any location more than 14 days within a continuous 30 day period, and/or occupying any campsite within three miles of any prior camping or equipment location for a combined total of more than 28 days within any continuous 60 day period, is prohibited. Also, leaving camping equipment unattended for more than 24 hours is not allowed. Discharging a firearm is prohibited within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area; or across or on a National Forest System road or a body of water, or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
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