Pike National Forest - Visit Colorado Springs

Pike National Forest

Pike National Forest's 1,106,604 acres include picturesque pine trees, reservoirs and hiking trails.

pike national forest view


Office Location: 2840 Kachina Drive, Pueblo, CO 81008
Phone: (719) 553-1400

There's plenty to do and see within the 1,106,604 beautiful acres of the Pike National Forest. Not only is it an easy drive from the Colorado Springs region, but it also offers many activities such as hiking, fishing, camping, boating and cross-country skiing. Some of the most popular attractions of the Pike National Forest are Pikes Peak Mountain, Gold Camp Road, Rampart Range Road, Devil's Head Lookout, Manitou Park and Elevenmile Canyon. 

For more information about the forest, please click here.

Top Things to Do at Pike National Forest:

#1: Climb to Devil's Head Lookout

This moderate to easy seasonal hike is a 2.8-mile out and back trail that leads you to a U.S. Forest Service fire lookout tower. The hike showcases beautiful pines and Aspens and a 360-degree view of the layered mountains in Pike National Forest. The 143 steps to the top of the lookout are worth it for the spectacular views.

devil's head lookout

devil's head view

lookout pike's national forest

#2: Fly Fish at Eleven Mile Canyon

Eleven Mile Canyon is a forested, rocky area located below the Eleven Mile Reservoir dam that carves through unique boulders and tall pines. The roaring stream provides plenty of rainbows, cuttbows and brown trout, which makes it a perfect location to fly fish.

eleven mile canyon

#3: Hike to the Top of Pikes Peak Mountain

Hike your way up the 14,115-feet mountain that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write America the Beautiful. There are two trails that take you to the Summit of Pikes Peak - Barr Trail and the Crags Trail. Both are long and strenuous hikes, but with proper preparation and good planning, the hike is sure to be an exciting adventure that you'll always remember. If hiking isn't your thing, you can also drive, bike or shuttle up the mountain!

summit sign pikes peak

#4: Camp at One of the Campgrounds

There are numerous campgrounds dispersed throughout the forest. Whether you prefer small, secluded campgrounds or big, developed campgrounds, there's something for everyone's outdoor dreams. A list of the camping sites can be found here. 

camping near pikes peak

#5: Take a Visit to Manitou Park 

Take in the views of picturesque pines, hike one of the many trails, pitch a tent in one of the campgrounds, pack a picnic by the lake or watch the sunset over Pikes Peak. 

manitou park

#6: Take a Drive along Gold Camp Road and Rampart Range Road

Both Gold Camp Road and Rampart Range Road are scenic drives proving stunning vies of Pikes Peak, unique rock structures and towering pines.  Rampart Range Road offers 60 miles of gravel road that takes you from Garden of the Gods to Colorado 67 between Sedalia and Deckers, while Gold Camp Road connects southwest Colorado Springs to Victor in Teller County. 

scenic drive

tunnel pikes peak

#7: Cut Down Your Own Christmas Tree

Why go to a Christmas tree farm when you can cut one down yourself? A permit costs $20 through the Pikes Peak Ranger District and must be picked up and paid for before cutting down a tree. More information can be found here

cut your own tree


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