KELSEY CAMPGROUND, CO

Kelsey is one of two campgrounds within the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area, about an hour's drive southwest of Denver, Colorado. Visitors enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and trout fishing.The campground sits at an ...
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Know Before You Go
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • This is a high elevation facility; please use caution when traveling from lower elevations
  • Facility has first-come, first-served sites
  • $5 nightly fee will be charged for extra vehicles
  • Click here for more information on Pike and San Isabel National Forests
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.
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KELS STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 35 Back-In
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KELS STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 40 Back-In
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KELS STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 20 Back-In
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KELS STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 35 Back-In
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KELS STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 45 Back-In
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KELS STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 60 Back-In
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KELS STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 45 Back-In
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KELS STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 50 Back-In
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KELS TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC 8 0 Pull-Through
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

Kelsey is one of two campgrounds within the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area, about an hour's drive southwest of Denver, Colorado. Visitors enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and trout fishing.

Natural Features:

The campground sits at an elevation of 7,400 feet in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Summer temperatures are mild and range from 75-80 during the day to 55-65 at night.

The Kelsey Overlook is just north of the campground along County Road 126, offering beautiful views of the valley below.

Recreation:

The Buffalo Creek Recreation Area is home to a 40-mile trail system most popular with mountain bikers, but hikers and horseback riders enjoy the area as well. Several trailheads are within the area, including Little Scraggy Trail, just 3 miles north of the campground. Access to the Colorado Trail and the Buffalo Burn Trail begin from this trailhead. Shinglemill Trail is also nearby.

Buffalo Creek is a popular fishing stream for brook trout. The area offers great wildlife viewing opportunities for turkey, elk, mule deer, chipmunks and porcupines.

Facilities:

The campground offers single-family sites, some of which are designated for tent camping only. Each site is equipped with picnic tables and campfire rings with grills. Vault toilets are provided. Drinking water is available from a hand pump, but hookups are not available.

Nearby Attractions:

The drive along County Road 126 southwest from Pine Junction affords magnificent views of the valleys below. Pikes Peak, at 14,110 feet, can be seen in the distance and other prominent rock formations present themselves throughout the scenic drive.

Booking Window
Thu Sep 04 2014 - Sat Feb 28 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Fri May 23 2014 Sun Sep 07 2014
Walk In Fri May 01 2015 Thu May 21 2015
Peak Fri May 22 2015 Sun Sep 06 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Rock Climbing
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 23 2014 -
Sep 07 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $18.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $18.00
Walk In Season
May 01 2015 -
May 21 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $18.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $18.00
Peak Season
May 22 2015 -
Sep 06 2015
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $18.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $18.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.31639, -105.26667
39°18'59"N, 105°16'0"W

From Denver, take Highway 285 southwest to Pine Junction and turn south on Jefferson County Road 126. Travel approximately 17 miles to the campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

KELSEY CAMPGROUND
PIKE NATIONAL FOREST
S.PLATTE RANGER DIST  CO 

Phone Number:

Information:  (303)275-5610