Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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Kelsey is one of two campgrounds in the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area about an hour's drive southwest of Denver. Located at an elevation of over 8,000 feet, Kelsey Campground offers a wonderful opportunity for visitors to enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and trout fishing. The Buffalo Creek Recreation Area is home to a 40-mile trail system most popular with mountain bikers, and access to the Colorado Trail and the Buffalo Burn Trail begin from this campground's trailhead. Little Scraggy and the Shinglemill Trail is also nearby and worth checking out if you have time. Wildlife is also abundant in the surrounding areas: expect the campground to be alive with red tailed hawks, Colorado chipmunks, and Albert's squirrels.

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 and drinking water is available from a hand pump, but hookups are not available. This area is lush in tree cover to provide ample shade, even during the hottest of days. Host is available on-site.

Views from the valley will thrill you with the majestic beauty of Pikes Peak looming in the distance. For a welcome break from enjoying this pristine area, take a short drive down Highway 126 to the South Platte River district to enjoy some time cooling down in rugged waters near Cathedral Spires.

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Conservation Colorado has worked with communities around the state for over 50 years in pursuit of its mission - to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policymakers. It fights to protect the air, land, water, and people of Colorado. Their collaborative approach and focus on electing pro-conservation officials has yielded successes in addressing climate change, supporting clean energy development, conserving water resources, and protecting our public wildlands and rivers.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

Not Required


Small campsite. Ride the trails right from your campsite.


Hard to find.

Pets allowed


Managed by

South Platte Ranger District


Vault toilet



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