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Prospector Ridge Campground

Elevation: 9,680 Feet (3017.5 Meters) Wapiti Road
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Length of Stay: 7 Days
Number of Sites: 11
Other Maps: Pike Peak Atlas, Trails Illustrated 137
Recommended Season: Summer
Reservation Status: Accepted
Usage: Heavy in Summer

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General Description

Prospector Ridge Campground lies on the western side of Wapiti Road immediately south of Grouse Mountain Campground. The site includes 11 walk-in tent sites without electricity. Drinking water and restrooms are available. Reservations are accepted for these sites. Visitors to this site will enjoy easy access to hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as the beautiful scenery that abounds in the area.

Directions from Visitor Center: Travel north on Wapiti Road to the Grouse Mountain Trailhead. The trail for Prospector Ridge Campground is the first trail to the right after Grouse Mountain and well signed. The campsites at Prospector Ridge are numbered 55 through 66.

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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: We camped here in August 2004 because we had a wedding to attend nearby, really wanted to camp that weekend, but needed showers - normally we would not choose this big of a campground. We are die hard tent campers, so we picked one of the walk in tent sites and were pleased. This particular tent site area is nicer than the other - Turkey Ridge. Most sites are very shady and private. We had the 2nd one from the end and loved it. The end site is wonderful, but is a bit of a hike as was our site. The first sites closest to the parking area were not as private. The rest of Mueller is RV city - huge RVs crammed in everywhere on the side of the main road, and down the roads into the different campground sections. If you prefer tent camping, you would not be happy with an RV site - very few of them seemed to offer much privacy. The bathrooms and showers were great, as was the visitor center. The rangers were out in full force almost constantly, and seemed to nit pick campers about every little thing possible. Don't even attempt to tie anything onto trees - they will make you take it down, or take it down for you if you are not there. They also seemed go after people for overcrowding sites, which I guess is a good thing. We did have a bear around our campsite and picnic table during the night, but the bear box prevented him than doing more than chew up our table cloth. Hiking was very nice, but there really isn't any fishing nearby.
Conditions: Very rainy the weekend we were there, and we did have some hail. Our campsite drained well, so we did not have too much mud or flooding to deal with.
Water Availability: Good water spigot at the entrance to the walk in site.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Prospector Ridge Campground
ICON Hiking & Walking Grouse Mountain Trailhead
ICON Horseback Riding Cheesman Ranch Trail, Buffalo Rock Trail, Homestead Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Cheesman Ranch Trail, Buffalo Rock Trail, Homestead Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Prospector Ridge Campground

More Information

Visitor Information:

Colorado State Parks, 1313 Sherman Street, Room 618 , Denver, CO, 80203, Phone: 303-866-3437


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