Buffalo Campground

Pike National Forest

Southern Front Range, Colorado

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Buffalo Campground


  • Some great camping sites are scattered along the access road as well.- Buffalo Campground
  • Peaceful, serene nature at its best.- Buffalo Campground
  • Free firewood is provided.- Buffalo Campground
  • Golden meadows line the campsites during the fall.- Buffalo Campground
  • Well maintained park facilities include vault toilets.- Buffalo Campground
  • Albert's squirrel and red tailed hawk cover there trees here.- Buffalo Campground
  • A nice pile of free kindling for anyone who wants it.- Buffalo Campground
  • The campsites here have plenty of shade.- Buffalo Campground
  • A great view from the campground of the unique rock formations around Buffalo Creek.- Buffalo Campground
  • Potable water is available at Buffalo Campground.- Buffalo Campground
  • The entrance to Buffalo Campground.- Buffalo Campground
  • Another great backcountry site close to here.- Buffalo Campground
Overview + Weather
Fantastic campground inside Buffalo Creek / Pike National Forest.
Only open from approximately early April to early October.
Southern Front Range, CO
Managed by: 
Forest Service
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Current Local Weather:
Campground Description

Campground Description


Buffalo Campground is a quiet, sheltered gem in Buffalo Creek Recreation Area just about an hour's drive from Denver. Home to mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, and hiking, Buffalo Creek also offers wonderful camping opportunities. The Buffalo Campground is located inside the park and five miles up the creek on a bumpy access road. It's well worth the drive as the scenery is stunning; the road is lined with uniquely eroded bulbous rock structures that protrude from the earth. The infamous Colorado Trail practically meets the back door of this campground, giving you fantastic opportunities to explore one of the most famous trails in Colorado that stretches from Denver to Durango over 485 miles.

The campground itself is situated at an elevation of 7,400 feet, and it enjoys beautifully cool summer days as well as brisk fall camping. There are 37 campsites, 35 of which can accommodate RVs and two that are dedicated tent sites. There are no hookups or dump sites at Buffalo Campground. There are three vault toilets here, free firewood, and picnic tables and fire pit grills.  Buffalo Creek provides a peaceful soundtrack for your stay as your views are graced by beautiful rock formations and mountain meadows full of wildlife.

If you find yourself becoming a little braver, there are several designated backcountry camp sites that are hidden along the access road. Although they don't have any facilities, the camping is free on a first-come, first-served basis, and a few special campsites are nestled among gorgeous eroded rock monoliths. While you stay at Buffalo Campground, be sure to check out Little Scraggy and Sandy Wash trails, a few of the local favorites not to be missed.

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