Even though 500,000 people live in Colorado Springs, there is plenty of space to escape the crowds in the surrounding Pike National Forest. You will find developed campgrounds just a short drive away from the bustle of downtown. From the Crags Campground, you can head into the high, bare formations of the Devil's playground on Pikes Peak. Or head way out to a spot like the Wye Campground, further south of town. And don't forget to look east to the prairies, either—The Cimarron National Grassland features a campground from which you can head out hiking and birdwatching. There are also plenty of spots where dispersed camping is allowed in the Pike National Forest—simply pull up with all your gear in tow. If you want to get away from the cars and roads, consider an extended backpacking trip in the Pike National Forest. For a taste of the 486-mile Colorado Trail that crosses the state from Denver to Durango, head further afield to the Lost Creek Wilderness, an ideal spot for a weekend backpack trip (and remember to pack a fly rod).