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Dispersed
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Equestrian
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Pike National Forest Extended Buffalo Creek Access
Price
$7.00 - $22.00
Operator
USDA Forest Service
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Features
Alcohol Allowed
No Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
No Market
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Reservable
No Showers
Toilets
No Trash
No WiFi
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RVs and Trailers
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Water Hookups
Location
Pike National Forest Extended Buffalo Creek Access is located in Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands in Colorado
Latitude
39.3474 N
Longitude
-105.3553 W
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1 Review of Pike National Forest Extended Buffalo Creek Access
Quiet but Obviously Well Used Area

We had set up a small tent in a spot in Buffalo Creek and headed out for a hike and when we returned our tent had been stolen. We were just glad that we didn't put everything out. So we went in search for a more remote spot. We headed out to get to the backroad of Buffalo Creek through Bailey and found this spot. I think it might still be part of Buffalo Creek Recreation Area but it is after the split so we wanted to differentiate this one from the main camping area. 

The site was large (could easily fit a large RV) and tree lines but was pretty close to the road. There were cars going in an out but everyone was being super cautious and going slow. There were perfect trees to set up dog runs (see photos for rope lines). 

There were plenty of spots to use the bathroom that were hidden and far enough away from people but there was bathroom trash left all over the place and feces that was left unburied. Our dog quickly found and got into it. She got a bad stomachache after eating poo So I beg of all who camp, clean up after yourself!

After we did a trash clean up and burials, it was a pretty nice spot. Shaded, secluded, and only 4 miles away from Wellington Lake. There are also hiking trails close by and you can head down the road to hit the biking trails too. 

Be aware that there are sites on this road but people will still pull into parking areas and wander off behind other sites to camp. We were hiking around with the dogs and ran into (literally) a large encampment behind some big rocks that we could not see or hear until we were right on them. They were not camped in an actual camping spot. 

We also got to test out Campfare meals on this trip, I would recommend them for long backpacking trips but not really great for front country. They are pricey and work best as complimentary items to each other instead of stand alone. But on a through hike they would be a well received treat.