Just off the winding Tarry all Road northwest of Colorado Springs, Spruce Grove borders the Lost Creek Wilderness, with campsites tucked in between outcroppings of the signature Pikes Peak granite knobs and slabs.
Just off the winding Tarry all Road northwest of Colorado Springs, Spruce Grove borders the Lost Creek Wilderness, with campsites tucked in between outcroppings of the signature Pikes Peak granite knobs and slabs. The campground sits alongside Tarry all Creek at an elevation of 8,600 feet. The winding, narrow (but paved) road follows the meandering creek from the junction with Michigan and Jefferson Creeks (south of the town of Jefferson) to where the creek meats the South Platte River.
What Makes It Great
There is little shade here, but the elevation results in cool nights and pleasant days, even in the summer. This is a small but pleasant campground, with water and trails close by.
Rock climbers know the area for its knobs and slabs, and hikers can access nearby Lizard Rock Trail. Tarry all Creek and Tarryall Reservoir are close by for anglers. Backpackers can start their journey on the Brookside-McCurdy Trail here, diving into one of the largest stands of aspen trees in the area. This is a wild part of the Pike National Forest, which is home to black bears, mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep and bobcats.
Who is Going to Love It
This campground is truly a base camp – it’s near the Lizard Rock Trail that connects with Hankins Pass Trail in the Lost Creek Wilderness, and can provide a link to the long, meandering Brookside-McCurdy Trail. The Lost Creek Wilderness is a 120,000 acre swath of land that features knobby granite towers and rock piles. Spruce Grove sits at the base of South Tarryall Peak and is just north of 12,173-foot McCurdy Mountain. Anglers know this campground because of its proximity to Tarryall Reservoir and Tarryall Reservoir State Wildlife Area, an 886-acre area open to fishing, hunting, camping and wildlife viewing. The reservoir is fed by Tarryall Creek which is filled with runoff from the slopes of Mount Silverheels. Anglers at the reservoir catch trout and pike near the dam and diversion. Those who prefer the creeks in the region are often rewarded with brook trout and brown trout.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Colorado Springs, take U.S. Highway 24 west to Lake George. After leaving the town, turn right on County Road 77 (Tarryall Road). Continue 11 miles to the campground on the right.
Reservations can be made for this campground at recreation.gov. There are 27 campsites with parking spurs that can be reserved. Each site has a picnic table and grill, and potable water is available from a hand pump. There are vault toilets on site. RVs up to 35 feet allowed but there are no RV hook-ups.
There is a two night stay minimum on weekends and three-night minimum stay on holidays.
This area is frequented by black bears, so campers are urged to follow guidelines to keep bears from their food, their tents and their trash.
If you want firewood, obtain it at the site or nearby, to prevent the spread of tree-killing organisms.