Buffalo Campground

Bailey, Colorado

Buffalo Campground

Buffalo Campground Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"So many of the best national forest campgrounds are high in the Rockies, where the weather and roads can be rough. Buffalo Campground, at 7,400 feet, is high enough to escape the heat of the lowlands, but not so high that you'll be dressing for winter in July.

A network of trails, including the Colorado Trail, winds through the immediate area of ponderosa pines and strange rock formations that burst from the needle-carpeted forest floor. This haven in the Pike National Forest in only 70 miles from the metropolitan Denver area.

Buffalo is a quick getaway for metro Denver-area mountain bikers, hikers, and families."

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Highlands, CO
Pathfinder | 121 pts
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First backpacking trip for my 2 year old son. Stayed at backcountry site 7 (via Horseshoe to Muledeer trails). Rained a little, but lots to explore. Great nature center at check-in. Kids will love to visit and explore the nature center as well as hike the trails.
Denver, CO
Pathfinder | 90 pts
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Very nice place for kids on there first camping trip or fishing
Centennial, CO
Pathfinder | 130 pts
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I took the Black Bear trail, starting at Ralston Roost Trailhead 1/4 mile from Visitor's Center. Original plan was: Black Bear to Mule Deer to Horseshow to Ralston Roost Trailhead, for a total of 5 miles. The trail climbs at a decent rate, gaining 1100' in about 2 miles. All of the trail is beautifully forested, pine and groves of aspen, except for the rocks on top of Ralston Roost (9334'). The ascent gets tricky with some hands-on scrambling and easy climbing when the trail goes over a rocky area below the summit. The descent on the North side of the top has numerous switchbacks, and, being not too well-trodden, is not quite well-enough marked and hard to follow. So it's understandable that I switched and failed to back - I lost the trail and had to bushwack with compass & topo down the side about a half-mile to get to the eventual descent trail (Horseshoe trail) in a drainage bottom. A throughly enjoyable and invigorating hike. On a balmy November weekday, I didn't see another soul on the trail. Solitude at its best! Next time it's overnite.

Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Additional Use
Buffalo Campground
Local Maps
Water spigot, vault toilet