Activities and Amenities
Attention: Due to the effects of the 2012 Waldo Fire and uncertainty of the opening date, no reservations are being taken at this time. When Meadow Ridge and Thunder Ridge re-open in 2013 they will likely be on first-come first-serve basis.
THUNDER RIDGE, CO
part ofPike-San Isabel National Forests; Comanche and Cimarron National Grasslands, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Oct 20 2013 Season Dates
21 site(s) found
OverviewThunder Ridge Campground, located above the Rampart Reservoir, is one of two campgrounds within the Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area. The campground overlooks the reservoir, which is popular for fishing. Boating and hiking are also common activities for campers here.
The campground is located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, due north of the popular Pikes Peak. The peak has an altitude of 14,110 feet and is America's easternmost peak reaching over 14,000 feet.
The campground overlooks the Rampart Reservoir in a ponderosa pine forest at an altitude of 9,200 feet. The surrounding terrain includes a mix of grass meadows, spruce, Douglas fir and aspen.
Rainbow and mackinaw trout are plentiful in the reservoir and hikers can enjoy the trails in the area. Rampart Reservoir Trail and Nichols Reservoir Trail are nearby. Rampart Reservoir Trail extends for 14 miles and is open to mountain biking.
Three campsites and two of the vault toilets meet current accessibility standards. Most remaining sites have steps that lead below the road level to the site picnic table and campfire ring. Drinking water is provided and each site comes with a picnic table and campfire ring. Firewood can be purchased on-site.
The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs offers tours, and a visit to the quaint town of Green Mountain Falls makes a great day trip.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From the I-25 and Hwy 24 intersection in Colorado Springs, Colorado, travel west on Highway 24 for 17.4 miles to Baldwin St. in Woodland Park. Turn right (north) on Baldwin (which turns into Rampart Range Road). Travel approximately 3 miles to Loy Creek Road, turn right at the Y, and travel 1.5 miles to Rampart Range Road (Forest Road 300). Turn right (south) on Rampart Range Road. The Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area entrance is approximately 4 miles up the road on the left. Meadow Ridge Campground is approximately 0.7 miles on the left.
Mailing Address:THUNDER RIDGE
601 S. WEBER
COLORADO SPRINGS CO 80903
Phone Number:Information: (719)636-1602