This is a popular Colorado state campground with designated areas for group, tent, and RV camping. Sites book well in advance, and even though I reserved back in mid-February, we were very lucky to find 3 close together for our group (7 individuals, 2 RVs, 2 tents, and one lovable pooch). Most sites have RV parking, a tent pad, and electricity.
|Our campsite was nestled in the trees.|
|Parked at the visitor's center for a photo op|
|Trails are scenic, wide, and well marked.|
|Inviting rolling green hills and bright blue skies|
|Picturesque Cheesman Ranch just off the bike trail|
|Giant fossilized redwood stump at Florissant, CO, fossil beds|
The scenic Hornbek Homestead is located adjacent to the Fossil Beds National Monument. This ranch was built and run by a strong and determined woman, Adeline Hornbek, with her 4 children in the 1870s. Adeline defied gender roles of the time and built this prosperous and successful ranch.
|Hornbek Homestead near Florissant, CO|
|Downtown Cripple Creek, CO, is a short drive from the campground|
|Cripple Creek, CO|
|This was one of the most interesting finds I've come across while camping. Somewhere a hunter is looking up at his wall of animal heads and wondering, "Something seems to be missing".|
If you go:
Reservations typically need to be made early because it is a popular campground and fills up fast. Even so, the sites are very well maintained and well spaced, so it doesn't feel like you are crowded in this 5000-acre state park. There are 132 campsites, 3 cabins, a visitor's center with exhibits, dump station, shower facility, and flush and vault toilets. Water spigots are scattered throughout the campground. Groceries and supplies can be found at Divide, CO, about 10 minutes from the campground entrance. More dining options and activities can be found at Woodland Park, about 25 minutes from the campground.