Camaan Springs Road is located off Pingree Park Road in the Roosevelt National Forest. Parts of the trail are located in the High Park Fire burn area, which was a huge, naturally caused (lightning) fire in 2012 that burned over 87,000 acres. The burn areas are very visible from the trail, as there are massive swaths of completely charred land. This trail is great for year-round wheeling and camping if you are feeling the itch to get out, or if you are new to off-roading and want to start getting comfortable behind the wheel, as the trailhead is only about an hour from the base of Poudre Canyon. While driving along the trail, you can't help but gaze at the absolutely stunning scenic vistas; mountains with snowy peaks that touch the outskirts of the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park.
Camaan Springs Road begins at the intersection with Pingree Park Road. Although the road is easily visible, it is not well marked. The only indication is the typical USFS road number marker, "127" for this road.
Take the Poudre Canyon Highway (Colorado Highway 14) west from US 287 for 25.3 miles to the well-marked Pingree Park Road. Turn left/south on Pingree Park Road for 5.7 miles. Camaan Springs Road is on your left and heads east from this intersection. Look for the USFS road marker that says "127".
The Cameron Peak fire west of Fort Collins continues to grow prompting additional closures to the Roosevelt National Forest. The trail is affected by the Forest Closure Order effective 08-20-2020.
Ongoing information about the fire, it’s progress, evacuations and closures can be found at Inciweb.gov website.
It is still early in the spring for trails along the the Pingree Park Road. Camaan Springs Road was in great shape and free of snow. There were a few areas water and mud on the trail, but easily passable without difficulty. The nearby Quigley Mountain to the south, still has snow visible. The camping season for this area has begun as we saw several camps established.
Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well.
A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg