Pine Ridge Backcountry Campsite is a two-site primitive campground north of Wild Basin Trail and North St. Vrain Creek. The campsite is perfect for exploring nearby Calypso Cascades and Ouzel Falls, two of Rocky Mountain National Park’s most beautiful waterfalls. The campsite, located at 8,880 feet, is easy to reach from Wild Basin Trailhead with a 1.4-mile hike that gains 380 feet. Allow one or two hours to hike from car to camp. Pine Ridge sits in a lodgepole pine forest northeast of a bridge over the creek. The site has a privy. Get water from the nearby creek but boil or treat it before use. Pine Ridge is a popular site so make early reservations to camp. The campsite is usually clear of snow in late May.
Recommended season(s): Late May to September.
—Stewart M. Green