Pike National Forest Camping

pike national forest camping

If you are looking for a sick location to park your RV that is in the heart of Colorado, then you need to consider camping at Pike National Forest. Anybody can camp for free in most of the dispersed camping areas. If you plan on taking a large rig, I would scout the area beforehand because many trails that lead to dispersed camping spots are not made for large campers.

When you are camping in Pike National Forest you will need to have a generator if you want power. If you need a generator, check out our best rv generators of 2020 review. I would recommend keeping the generator off as long as possible because it will give you the best opportunity to see wildlife. When your generator is running in tends to spook wildlife away.

There are plenty of formal campgrounds in the area offering full hookups. We prefer dry-camping, and you can do that in any of the dispersed camping locations. Here is a link to the official Pike National Forest dispersed camping information – Found Here.

If you are planning on camping early spring you will need to verify which areas of the National Forest are closed off. The Forest Service will close certain areas to help support wildlife breeding.

Hiking Pike National Forest

We love hiking, and you can hike to some amazing views in the National Forest. What we love the most is the exercise the dogs get. We try to find an open area and let them run for a bit. We are not aware of any areas closed off to pets, but we always recommend checking the signs near the entrance to get the rules.

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Ace enjoying the view at Pike National Forest

The terrain is definitely a bit wet and muddy in the low spots if you’re hiking in the spring. I would suggest a good pair of hiking boots that you don’t mind getting dirty. The snow melt runs to the low points in the trails and it can be challenging to cross without getting messy. Christy enjoys hiking in her Keens, while I prefer my Merrells. Whatever you do, don’t try to hike in tennis shoes when its muddy. It doesn’t work.

We have visited a lot of trails and have yet to find one that doesn’t have a lot of undulation. The up and down and changing from dirt to granite can mike hiking difficult. It is also easy to get lost in the vastness of the National Forest, which is over 1.1 million acres in size.

Activities in National Forest

There are lots of different activities besides hiking and camping for your visit to Pike National Forest. Those are two of our favorite activities regardless of where we are. Here is a full list of activities in Pike National Forest.

  • ATV/OHV Trail Riding
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Climbing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting/Shooting
  • Horse Riding
  • Picnicking
  • Scenic Driving

That list covers things to do for almost every age and ability level. Scenic driving is another favorite activity. It gives you an opportunity to see wildlife, as well as spectacular views.

Let us know your favorite activity when visiting Pike National Forest in the comments section below. We hope to see you on the road some day!

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