Peaks to Prairies - Tracks to Trails
Pike and San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (forest locator map) cover nearly 3 million acres, between the prairies of western Kansas and some of Colorado's highest mountain peaks along the Continental Divide. These sprawling forests and grasslands are an eight hour drive from boundary to boundary. This landscape offers a variety of ecosystems rich in history, geology, scenery, wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.
The rolling prairies to the east are home to prairie chickens, wildflowers, paleontological resources and historical areas. The snow-capped Rockies to the west are a scenic backdrop to millions of residents and a draw to forest visitors. The forests are home to nearly half of Colorado's fourteeners with numerous alpine lakes, reservoirs and key rivers. Over 385,000 acres of Wilderness, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, Colorado Trail, and Santa Fe National Historic Trail are special areas worth exploring.
People who live near these areas maintain a strong relationship to the lands. The commitment and volunteerism that these community members have for these public lands is the foundation for our ability to maintain a quality, sustainable recreation program in the face of intense, and growing, urban demand.
Critical Information about the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or “drones” are increasing in popularity and can provide wonderful opportunities to explore the forest. Please be aware that these drones are regulated and must follow certain laws to be safe and legal.
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Best paddleboard lake front campsites
We stayed here for an overnight while in the area, and this campground was great for that. No problems with getting there or finding our campsite. The campground host was very nice.
- Trees! (can't say that for a lot of CO campgrounds)
- Beautiful views
- Great host, clean bathrooms, clean drinking water
Cons (More so just things to expect):
- You see and possibly hear your neighbors
- There's a hiking trail in walking distance, and a creek, but otherwise you're driving, albeit a short distance, to your outdoor activities
Not a campground where you're going to walk to a lot of things to do (and hence the 4 stars), but as a base camp or pitstop, this place was great!
(Photo is the view from our campsite)
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