Field Trip: Private Ranch Camp, Fall Foliage

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StartFriday, October 1, 2021 3:30 pm
EndSunday, October 3, 2021 11:00 am
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Only an hour and 45 minutes away from downtown Denver, Mappy Hour invites you to join us in an enchanting private valley tucked away deep within the Pike National Forest, bordering the unparalleled Lost Creek Wilderness.

Originally Colorado’s first Girl Scout camp for over 50 years, this sprawling 360-acre ranch is home to near-primitive camping. World-class South Platte climbing is literally out the back door, with on-site and nearby single-track biking trails and renowned trout fishing within minutes.

We will have private access trails into Lost Creek Wilderness. Wildlife is constantly teeming everywhere, and we have multiple creeks flowing year-round. The ranch is managed by two avid outdoors-people, who are quite knowledgeable about the area and its offerings.

Please register for yourself only! We want to ensure an accurate RSVP/headcount before September 22nd.

Sierra Nevada is helping us enjoy outdoors this summer, we're so excited to have their brews available for the weekend!

This is like a forest service campground but on private land.

  • There will be waste bins, potable water, and compostable toilets.
  • There is no shower available.
  • You can fill up water containers from a spigot right as you enter the ranch. The ranch manager will help us with this water-fill location. Please make sure to drink lots of water because of the altitude (we are located at 8000’).
  • No firearms of any kind can be brought onto the property. There is also no hunting or shooting allowed.
  • Please make sure to keep all food in bear bins or in your car in coolers when you are not eating. We do have animals around and have had bears visiting the area before.

HIKING: We will have direct, and private access into the Lost Creek Wilderness off Wigwam Creek. Jeremy is likely going to plan a LONG and STRENUOUS Day-Hike (out-and-back) to the Wilderness on Saturday, October 2

GRAVEL + MOUNTAIN BIKING: There are single-tracks on the property, with forest road riding options as well. You can also go to the Buffalo Creek / Little Scraggy area where there are tons of fantastic trails to ride.

FISHING: This area hosts world-class South Platte fishing at the bottom of shelf-road and throughout the area of Deckers. You can also fish at Cheesman Reservoir, about 5 miles from the property.

PADDLING & SWIMMING: Options available at Wellington Lake. Please visit for more information

CLIMBING: The closest documented slab is Lower Prospector. You can also visit the South Platte Area page for more information about climbing in the area.


  1. Leave No Trace
  2. Control Pets. The owners of this property allow pets on leashes.
  3. Please Limit Noise
  4. Dispose of human waste responsibly
  5. Dispose of garbage, recycling, & compost responsibly
  6. Be Fire Safe

Campfires are allowed at this property. (Firewood provided, Firepit) — Fires allowed in established, designated fire rings/pits. Please do not build your own fire pit here! We do not allow wood from outside locations due to potential insect issues, but the property manager offers bundles for $3-5 of our local wood, or you are welcome to bring charcoal/gas alternatives. PLEASE be fire safe, and always check state and local fire regulations before having a campfire and know how to properly extinguish your fire.

Health and Safety

Getting outside might look a little different this season. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you venture out:

Be mindful of the local community.
Many rural towns have limited supplies, so plan to arrive fully self-contained with all the food, water, and items you’ll need during your stay. Drive slowly, be mindful of neighbors, and enjoy some quiet time in nature.

Check local requirements.
You should be familiar with and follow the recommendations and guidelines prescribed by public health authorities, and use your best judgment.

Practice safe physical distancing.
Current CDC guidelines suggest not gathering in groups and maintaining at least 6 feet from other people. This event requires you to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 rapid test (48-hours) before attending.

Take care of your health.
Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Don’t forget to cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face mask when around others.

Event refund policy

Refunds will be issues (100%) if you decided to cancel before September 22nd. There will be no refunds issued if you cancel September 23rd or later.