Free camping in Colorado Springs: Wye Campground

Wye Campground - Pike National Forest - free camping near Colorado Springs

Important note: we are not in any way affiliate with this campground.  Please do not call us with questions about this campground.  If you need more information, contact the National Forest Service.

There are lots of great places to camp in and near Colorado Springs, but not too many that are free.  Well, there’s always the backcountry option, but for those of us that are not quite up for that, try Wye Campground.

Wye Campground is a free National Forest Service Campground in Pike National Forest.  There are 21 campsites and two outhouses (bring your own TP).  Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring – beyond that, there is not much in the way of “amenities”.  No reservations are accepted.  Campfires are permitted as long as they haven’t been banned in the forest – call the forest service at 719.553.1400 to confirm.  You’ll need to pack out your trash.

Campsite in Wye Campground - Pike National Forest near Colorado Springs

If you read about Wye Campground other places online, you might think it’s inaccessible to two-wheel drive vehicles, but the opposite is true: while the road to the campground has a few washouts that you won’t exactly be speeding through, we took a minivan and passenger car there no problem.

Wye Campground is relatively unknown, and as such, is pretty quiet.  We recently camped on a perfect summer evening and only three other campsites were in use at the campground.  Still, there are no reservations accepted, so on holiday weekends it would probably be wise to arrive early to have your pick of campsites.

Wye campground has two outhouses - bring your own TP!

We read one place that there is supposedly some sort of a cave on the ridge above Wye Campground that Zebulon Pike and his men took shelter in when they were trying to hike Pikes Peak.  No idea where exactly it is, but it would certainly be a fun discovery!

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How to get to Wye Campground: Taken Old Stage Road to Gold Camp Road.  Once you’re on Gold Camp Road, go about 5 miles to Forest Service Road 381.  Turn right and the campground is a little ways back.  (There is a sign for the campground on Gold Camp; you can’t miss it, and if you do, you’re driving too fast.)  Here’s how to get to Old Stage and Gold Camp via Google Maps.

Related: At the “intersection” of Old Stage and Gold Camp is a short hike to St. Peter’s Dome – spectacular views from up top!

Important note: we are not in any way affiliate with this campground.  Please do not call us with questions about this campground.  If you need more information, contact the National Forest Service.

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