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Pike National Forest

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Basic beauty

I live a mile out of the forest, so needless to say i visit is frequently. The trails are well... read more

Reviewed October 20, 2018
Como, Colorado
very beautiful.

Must see, I would try and visit in the later part of spring so there would be more snow melt to see.

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Rick H
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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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Fairplay, CO 80440
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Reviewed October 20, 2018

I live a mile out of the forest, so needless to say i visit is frequently. The trails are well marked and maintained. Great camping abound. Off roading is endless, may not be beginners trails though. Wildlife is well managed by the forest service.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

Must see, I would try and visit in the later part of spring so there would be more snow melt to see.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Rick H
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Camped at Colorado Campground and did several hikes. This is an awesome place to camp that is not very busy for Colorado.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

This forest is huge and there is so much to do. We hiked so many trails and so so many new “critters”. Two weeks and we barely scratched the surface. Lumber Grove trail was one of my favorites. As was Guanella Pass.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Weaton13
Reviewed June 16, 2018 via mobile

We backpacked for 6 days/5 nights with our 4 kids, ages 5,6,14,16 in Lost Creek Wilderness. The trails were well maintained and well marked. There were plentiful campsites near water. Mosquitos were bad mid-June. There were lots of RV spots as well. Water can be...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 15, 2018 via mobile

Six months ago we decided to try life of nomads in our 14 foot vintage Shasta trailer. We spent the winter in Arizona, Mexico and California. My nieces graduation from Denver University led us to the beautiful Pike National Forest. If you like privacy and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed February 10, 2018

lots to see deep in the forest or on the outter edge. its very charming, be sure to gas up before you head too far down.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed November 22, 2017

Did a tour of here with some hired Jeeps. Be warned some of the tracks are very rough & challenging! Great views & solitude.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank tr7v8
Reviewed October 26, 2017

There are countless hiking trails, 4wd trails, campgrounds in various parts of the Pike National Forest. Get out and enjoy them. Pike is one of the drier spots in Colorado, so take plenty of water, and be careful out there. That's not to say there...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Janet F
Reviewed September 14, 2017

Drove up into the National Forest and took a short hike with the family. Wonderful being out in the woods, up in Colorado!

Date of experience: September 2017
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Ciarra F
Rockville, Maryland
CO,AZ,UT Road Trip help needed! (13 Replies)
I am a first time road tripper, and my other half and I will be spending our anniversary driving from Denver, to the Grand Canyon, to Utah and back(hopefully). We have about 8 full days to take in as much as we can. Ideally, we want to do the following: Day 1: Mt Evans and Golden Gate Canyon State Park Day 2: Rocky Mountain National Park and explore Downtown Denver. Day 3: Head out early a.m. to Grand Canyon via hwy 160, stop by Pike National Forest on the way(If time permits...Day 3...More
August 10, 2015|
Response fromRedRox|
Sorry, but you won't really have time for any of the adventures on your list, let alone the usual tourist plans. Day 3 is a long all day drive. You won't have any time to actually see the Grand Canyon. Day 4, do you have a permit for the Wave? If not, you won't be going there either. It will take 3-4 hours to get to Wirepass from the GCNP. Day 5, touring Antelope Canyon, driving to Zions and hiking Angels Landing in a single day is virtually impossible. Day 6, it takes all day just to...More
Chicago, Illinois
Need help with trip (4 Replies)
Hi, We are visiting Colorado first time with two small kids.... We have only 4 full days and 1 half day. We are planning to go 1) Rocky mountain 2) Garden of the gods 3) Pikes Peak in Pike National Forest 4) Maroon bells Please any one can help me that how much time we need for each place to visit as we are not planning to do much of hiking and which are the near by places to stay... Thanks
June 14, 2018|
Response fromTumbleweedandCactus|
Welcome to the forum. It's going to be really tough to do Maroon Bells in this timeframe. You could try this: Day 1 - Drive to Estes Park; explore RMNP Day 2 - Drive on to Aspen (5-6 hours) Day 3 - Maroon Bells early then drive to Colorado Springs ( 4-5 hours) Day 4 - Pike's Peak, Garden of Gods Day 5 - Departure This is not a good plan and will limit you. But this would tick the boxes. Have fun.
Toronto, Canada
Dixie National Forest Affected by shutdown? (3 Replies)
Does anyone know what the situation is with Dixie National Forest? I went to Pike's Peak in Colorado today, which is part of Pike National Forest. It is definitely open. The site is run by the City of Colorado Springs I believe. The one employee there I asked about other National Forests believed that they would still be open, but just not have facilities available. I am trying to find out for Dixie specifically, but can't find a clear answer. Thanks
October 03, 2013|
Response fromshake801|
What are you trying to specifically access? Dixie National Forest is about 2 million acres. Roads should be open, but I'm not sure about camping grounds. There is too much area to simply close, unlike a single road like Zion Canyon or the entrance to Arches NP.