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The Crags Campground

Capacity: 170 People
Elevation: 10,100 Feet (3148.4 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 17
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

Crags Campground is located on the western slope of Pikes Peak
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Crags Campground is located on the western slope of Pikes Peak
The Crags campground is located southeast of Divide and can be reached by driving 4.3 miles south of Divide on Colorado Highway 67 and then 3.5 miles east on Forest Road 383. This campground has 17 camp sites for tents or small trailers. The elevation is 10,100 feet. The camping season begins around Memorial Day and continues into September.

The weather is generally mild with warm days and cool nights.
Summertime highs are around 70-80 degrees with the nighttime lows around 35-45 degrees. Afternoon thunderstorms are a common occurrence. The spring and fall weather is usually dry and sunny with highs around 60 degrees and the lows around 20-30 degrees. The site is heavily used from mid-May to mid-September.

The Crags Campground is in an "out-of-the-way" area that can receive
a lot of use. Depending upon the time of day and year various forms of
wildlife may be observed. Hiking is the primary recreation activity to
enjoy in this area. A forest trail, The Crags Trail, 664, goes to the Crags
outcropping; hiking trails are also available at Mueller State Park
located just west of Highway 67. This campground has been identified as a bear problem area. Please follow standard procedures while in bear country.

History buffs will enjoy this area as historic Cripple Creek and Victor are
about 15 miles south of the road junction with Forest Road 383. There one may find historic buildings, mines, shops and casinos to visit. Winter activities include X-country skiing.

The facilities available at Crags Campground include tables, fire grates, drinking water and vault-type toilets. Trash collection is provided in bear-proof receptacles.

The low-level of maintenance on the access road to the campground makes it difficult for large trailers to navigate. Please drive with caution. The road may become inaccessible in the winter. Because of heavy summertime use by hikers, parking may be hard to find.
Use of this site is heavy during spring and fall, extra-heavy during summer and light during winter.

Directions from Colorado Springs: Drive 18 miles west on Highway 24 to Woodland Park. Continue traveling west on Highway 24 7 miles to Divide. In Divide turn south on to Highway 67 and travel 4 miles to Forest Road 383. Then drive 3 miles to The Crags Campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: January through December (NOTE: The Crags Campground is open all year. The facilities available at Crags Campground include tables, fire grates, drinking water, and vault-type toilets. Trash collection is provided in bear-proof recepticals.) .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
single-unit campsite Call for Current Fee The facilities available at Cr

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Chad (Talmage, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Ten years ago, the campground host was a very popular guy named John Sakowicz. At that time, the Crags campground was voted in a survey conducted by the Colorado Springs Independent to be the cleanest, best maintained, small campground in the Pike National Forest. I wonder what happened to that guy. Over the years, campground hosts have come and gone at the Crags. None were as committed to excellence in the camping or hiking experience.
Conditions: Summer conditions. Very crowded with hikers and other day use folks. Watch out for afternoon thunder storms. Hikers have been struck and killed by lightning on Pikes Peak.
Water Availability: Water is available from hand pumps. Water can be slightly colored and have a mineral taste.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Family Camping Crags Campground
ICON RV Camping Crags Campground - small RVs only
ICON Tent Camping Crags Campground
ICON Trailer Camping Crags Campground - small trailers only
ICON Camping The Crags Campground
ICON Cross-country Skiing Crags Trail
ICON History Cripple Creek Historic District
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Upper Fourmile Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Crags Trail, Mueller State Park
ICON Horseback Riding Crags Trail
ICON Animal Identification Mueller State Park, Crags Trail
ICON Bird Identification Crags Trail, Mueller State Park
ICON Mushroom Identification Mueller State Park
ICON Plant Identification Crags Trail, Mueller State Park
ICON Mountain Biking Mueller State Park
ICON ATV Riding Upper Fourmile Road
ICON Scenic Driving Gold Belt Scenic Byway
ICON Snowshoeing Crags Trail, Mueller State Park

Related Activities
Crags Trail - The Crags Trail is a good nature trail for children of all ages. The trail is 3 miles long round trip with an overlook of interesting rock formations as the destination.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Pikes Peak Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 601 South Weber Street , Colorado Springs, CO, 80903, Phone: 719-636-1602, Fax: 719-477-8273


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