Flat Rocks Campground
Flat Rocks Campground
Hidden in the Rampart Range, Flat Rocks is a campground ideal for the ATV and motorcycle riders in the Rampart Range Motorized Trail System. ATVs and off-road motorcycles are allowed within the campground with immediate connecting trail access. Consult the current Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for specific roads and trails open to off-road vehicles. There is no dump station, electrical, water hook-ups available.
Winter closure notice: Flat Rocks Campground opens when Rampart Range Road opens for the season (after snow and mud season) and closes when the Rampart Range Road closes for the winter around December 1. There is not a preset date in place for opening or closing of the road. Target date is April 1 for opening; target date is December 1 for closing. Dates are weather dependent and can vary with snow levels, mud, and fallen trees. Opening date evaluations are done weekly as spring approaches, and the roads and trails begin to clear. Feel free to contact the district with any questions 303.275.5610
Flat Rocks Campground is a wooded campground with 19 campsites to accommodate both tents and recreational vehicles up to 30’ in length. No electricity or hooks ups available. Water is from a community pump. Because this is the only designated campground allowing off-road vehicles on the road, it tends to fill quickly. The campground is first-come-first-served with no way of determining availability beforehand.
Two of the recreational things visitors can enjoy in this area are: (1) Devil’s Head Mountain and (2) OHV (off highway vehicle) trail riding.
Devil’s Head Mountain accentuates the north end of the Rampart Range. From certain viewpoints, a rock out-cropping projects the profile of the devil’s head. This portion of the area is most famous for the Devil’s Head Lookout. To get to the lookout, you must first hike a 1.4-mile trail, which has a 940’ elevation gain. Hiking time is 45-90 minutes, depending on your pace. There are several rest spots with benches and tables along the trail for your comfort. Bring along your own drinking water, as there is none available either along the trail or at the top. When you reach the top of the trail, you will enter a small valley perfect for a nice break and picnic. You will want to take a rest as you have not yet reached the Lookout; you will need to climb the 143 stairs to the top of the rock outcropping. When you reach the tower, you will immediately become aware of the tremendous vantage point it offers. On clear days, mountain peaks over 100 miles away are visible. The tower’s location is even more significant because the area to the south and west has a very high frequency of lightning strikes. During a typical summer, the area will experience from 30-50 fires caused by lightning. From the vantage point of the tower, the fire lookout ranger is able to spot these fires very soon after they begin. Fire crews then are rapidly dispatched to contain the fire before it gets out of control. The tower is usually staff mid-May through mid-September.
The Rampart Range Motorized Recreation Area is known for its network of motorcycle and ATV trails providing a unique experience for all levels of riders in riding through a forest setting. To preserve this opportunity, the cooperation of everyone is essential.
When motorcycle and ATV riding in the area keep your vehicle on roads & trails specifically designated for that purpose. The sparse vegetation and loose soil make the area especially vulnerable to damage by people and machines. A set of off trail tracks can easily erode; causing a gully that could alter the beauty and usability of the entire area.