Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
Yes
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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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Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Fantastic campground inside Buffalo Creek / Pike National Forest.

Cons

Only open from approximately early April to early October.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Forest Service

Features

Vault toilet
Potable water
Picnic tables
Horseback riding

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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