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Address: Fairplay, CO 80440
Phone Number: 719-836-2031
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Forest region that contains more than one million acres of land with...

Forest region that contains more than one million acres of land with 14,000-foot mountains, fishing streams, campgrounds and wilderness areas.

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One of the most scenic places in Colorado

We love this part of Colorado, with beautiful the entire Pikes Peak area including the Pikes Peak Natl Forest is a gem. We love the outdoors, if you planning a short hike or a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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148 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love this part of Colorado, with beautiful the entire Pikes Peak area including the Pikes Peak Natl Forest is a gem. We love the outdoors, if you planning a short hike or a lengthy one, buy a map and explore. Its relatively close to Denver max 2 hours drive and has too many stunning vista's to desribe in a... More 

Thank Dirk001
Swisher, Iowa
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

What a beautiful place. I love the Fairplay area and Pike National Forest (specifically Jefferson Lake area) is amazing. We will definitely visit annually when we come to the area. Lots of picnic areas--pack a lunch!!!

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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Large sites under the trees. A great treat to camp in a forest with flowers & tall trees. We heard a heard a heard of animals (moose) calling to each other in the morning. Close enough to Wallmart to buy an extra comforter. No electricity. We set up camp & then drove back to get the last train up to... More 

Thank Karrina B
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351 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We've been here several times now. There's so many options and it's such a large park that listing it under Fair Play isn't really fair play at all...I highly recommend trying trails in different parts of the park, as they really vary.

Thank intlwanderlust
Hutchinson, Minnesota
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Just like the John Denver's song, this is one of our nations beautiful National Forests. Excellent place to visit...can get a little busy in July. We like to travel this area late August when the schools start. Very beautiful in mid to September to October.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We stayed two nights in a Pike National Forest campground. Pleasant hosts, quiet solitude, beautiful scenery. It was lovely.

1 Thank 2462skiing
Apopka, Florida
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545 reviews
367 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We found ourselves driving thru the Pike National Forest. It was average with some strange rock formations here and there. Ok drive!

Thank thesteevesgroup
Louisville, Colorado
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53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you enjoy hiking, camping, exploring, fishing or 4 wheeling you won't be disappointed. Conveniently located about 2 hours from Denver. Mosquito's can be a problem in the summer. Very nice for day trips to escape the heat.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Located in the front range, the Buffalo Creek campground area is easy to get to from Denver. Both a pro and a con as it fills up quickly, especially the first come/first serve campsites. But the campsites are spacious and easy access to biking/hiking trails. Trails closer to the campgrounds are of course busier, but keep hiking/biking and you'll find... More 

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Indian Hills, Colorado
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68 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The Pike National Forest has been through some rough times, but is recovering nicely. This forest covers a much larger area than around Fairplay. It is one of the closest forests to Denver, and is very easy to access. Many wild turkeys live in the forest near Denver. During turkey hunting, the campsites fill up quickly. Some of the habitat... More 

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