Here’s a few of the most Frequently Asked Questions
The Forest Service is taking the risks presented by COVID-19 seriously and is following USDA and CDC public health guidance as we continue to offer services to the public. Visitors to our National Forests and Grasslands are urged to take the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are three official, government-wide sources of up-to-date information about the coronavirus: Coronavirus.gov, CDC.gov/coronavirus, and USA.gov/coronavirus. Currently, the campgrounds in the Decker’s area are open, with restrictions and social distancing procedures in place. For more information on Pike and San Isabel Forest, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/psicc/alerts-notices
There are several options when purchasing annual Parks, Permits, and Recreational passes. To purchase inter-agency passes from the U.S.Forest Service, click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/psicc/passes-permits/?cid=stelprdb5103580
Information to purchase an annual pass from the Rocky Mountain Recreation Company, can be found by clicking here https://rockymountainrec.com/
The South Platte Ranger District is the closest ranger station to Decker’s. For more information, click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/psicc/about-forest/districts/?cid=fseprd565545
30403 Kings Valley Drive, Suite 2-115
Conifer, CO 80433
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MST
Closed on Federal holidays and weekends
Access to the District Office is through the upper parking lot of the King’s Valley Marketplace.
The Hayman Fire was a forest fire started on June 8, 2002, 35 miles (56 km) northwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Denver, Colorado, and became the largest wildfire in the state’s recorded history at over 138,114 acres.
Hundreds of firefighters fought the fast-moving fire, which caused nearly $40 million in firefighting costs, burned 133 homes, 138,114 acres, and forced the evacuation of 5,340 people.
Smoke could be seen and smelled across the state from Vail, 55 miles (89 km) northwest, to Burlington, 188 miles (303 km) east, and from Broomfield, 50 miles (80 km) north, to Walsenburgh, 130 miles (210 km) south.
The Hayman Fire burned from June 8, 2002, until it was classified as contained on July 18, 2002. The cause of the wildfire was found to be arson.
Fortunately, there are a couple of options to have your vehicle towed out of the South Platte River Valley. To the south, in Woodland Park, you will find Fred’s Towing. Click here for more information about Fred’s Towing, click here https://www.fredstowingco.com/
If you prefer to have a company from the north, you will find Big Red Towing & Recovery. For more information about Big Red’s, click here https://bigredtowingandrecovery.com/
The primary reason that there are no public trash cans outside of the Decker’s Resort, is that it would become a dumping ground for campers and visitors to the Resort. This is also done to prevent wildlife from being accustomed to finding a quick meal, endangering it’s life, and potentially putting the public at risk. The merchants at the Decker’s Resort appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
The U.S. Forest Service provides dumping facilities for the public who have paid the daily or overnight fees, posted at each day-use and campground area. Whenever possible, the practice of “Pack in in, Pack it out” is encouraged. For tips on this, click here! https://www.nps.gov/articles/leave-no-trace-seven-principles.htm
The other option for properly disposing trash while visiting our mountain community, would be to take you trash and disposables to Douglas County Satellite Transfer station. For more information, click here. https://www.douglas.co.us/land/rural-living/trash/
Although many campgrounds are available in the immediate Decker’s area, many folks are opting for a cabin rental. Since Covid, the Decker’s area has become a popular hot spot for outdoor enthusiasts and those that need that get away.
Available Cabins for Rent
This newly renovated 900 square foot Riverfront Mountain cabin, located on the world renown South Platte River, is the perfect mountain cabin get-away destination. Located in the quaint town of Trumbull, Colorado, nestled in the front range foothills of the Rocky Mountains. This cabin is the perfect daily, or weeklong rental for the outdoor enthusiast. Gold medal fishing right out the front door, with private river access, picnic table just feet from the river, and just 3 miles from Cheesman Canyon and reservoir. You’ll be sure to have plenty of fishing opportunities, right out the door. Other popular activities include floating the river during the summer months, hiking, biking, and watching the abundance of wildlife that makes this area home. This 2 bedroom, one bath cabin sleep up to to six, with two queen size beds, bunkbeds, and a spacious living room, with working fireplace. Overlooking the river is a 300 square foot deck, complete with BBQ grill and fire pit. You can be sure to enjoy the mountain fresh air, as you relax under under the stars. With the town of Decker’s, Colorado only a half-mile away, you’ll have access to a Fly-shop, local cafe, liquor store, and small grocery store. This cabin is a convenient one hours drive from either Denver, or Colorado Springs. Accessible year-round, with private parking, high speed internet, and satellite television, you’ll have all the comforts of home.
South Platte River Cabins
The Decker’s Country Store. They offer daily and weekly cabin rentals. These are available for rental year, with a variety of cabin configurations. Great for larger families, or just a mountain get-away for two! Click here for more information on these cabins. http://www.southplatterivercabins.com
Flies-n-Lies Fly Shop
The other options for renting a cabin in Decker’s, would be from the good folks at Flies-n-lies. If you’re an Angler, they also have a variety of cabins, with all their cabins located near excellent fishing, and great river access. Spend a few days around Decker’s, or try your luck on Gold Medal water, in the famed Cheesman Canyon. Click here for more information on these cabin rentals. https://www.flies-n-lies.com/cabin-rentals/
Don’t want to camp in a developed campground? There are many places on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests where you can pitch a tent and practice low impact camping techniques. Dispersed camping is primitive, undevleoped, frontcountry “car camping”.
Remember: when dispersed camping, no toilets, trash service, or potable water, are available. Store all food and trash securely, and pack out what you pack in. Practice Leave No Trace.
Click here for more information about dispersed camping https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/psicc/recreation/camping-cabins/?recid=12403&actid=34
There are two public rest rooms available at the Decker’s Resort Commercial Building. The restrooms are opened daily, closed at dark. The first set of restrooms are located on the front side of the Decker’s Resort Building, between Flies-n-lies and the Decker’s Corner Cafe. Hours of operation are the same the Decker’s Country Stores regular business hours. If it is after hours, a second restroom, a U.S. Forest Service restroom is available behind the Decker’s Resort building. This is a day-use area restroom.
UCHealth Pikes Peak Regional Hospital
The closest gas station to Decker’s, would be 15 miles to the north of Decker’s, on hwy 126. The Green Mercantile Store, located in Buffalo Creek, Colorado, is a two-story building constructed of native granite in 1898 by John W. Green, Sr. The building is also home for the Buffalo Creek post office.
The original Green Mercantile was a wooden hotel building built in 1883 and purchased by John Wesley Green. The mercantile became the post office as well in 1886 when Green was appointed postmaster by Grover Cleveland. After the original building burnt down in a fire that destroyed many buildings in Buffalo Creek in 1897, Green contracted Seerie Investment Company to replace the building with fireproof native granite block. The blocks were hoisted into place by six men with a mule team and a gin pole. The building has been in continuous operation as a general store and post office ever since, operated by descendants of the Green family.
If you are heading South from Decker’s, the closest gas available would be in Woodland Park, Colorado. This is 23 miles South of Decker’s. Take hwy.67 South to Woodland park, where you will find multiple opportunities to fill up!