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THUNDER RIDGE after 2012 Waldo Fire
Status: Open through Tue Sep 08 2015   Season Dates


Thunder 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.

Natural Features:

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 is nearby. Rampart Reservoir Trail extends for 14 miles and is open to mountain biking.

The dam and boat ramp are closed in 2013. No power boats may launch at Rampart Reservoir. Only hand-carried canoes or kayaks may be used on Rampart Reservoir in 2013.


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.

Nearby Attractions:

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

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Self Pay Station
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water
Know Before You Go
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating.
  • This is a high elevation facility, please use caution when traveling from lower elevations.
  • The dam and boat ramp are closed in 2013. No power boats may launch at Rampart Reservoir. Only hand-carried canoes or kayaks may be used on Rampart Reservoir in 2013.
  • Limit one RV per single site; a $5 nightly fee is charged for additional vehicles.
  • Please check in with host upon arrival.
  • This facility has first-come, first-served sites.
  • No firearms or fireworks.
  • Click here for more information on Pike and San Isabel National Forests.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.97667, -104.98306
38°58'36"N, 104°58'59"W

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.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

601 S. WEBER

Phone Number:

Information:  (719)636-1602
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