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There are several nice areas in Pike NF that should still be pretty accessible at that time. Rampart Range Road runs from Garden of the Gods to Sterling...it's wide, graded and very well maintained for a Forest Service road. Not sure it would be plowed, but I've been up there in Dec/Jan/Feb for camping trips and didn't have to put the Wrangler in 4WD. We could pick a site right by RRR to park at, then hike down one of the smaller Jeep trails to a more secluded site with better views (Chimney Rock, for example). And folks with 4x4s could ferry some of the bigger items to the sites if needed. (Even my Wrangler...no jokes about Jeeps in the snow...but I do have a recovery strap in there now...
Rampart Reservoir has two established campgrounds, but I think we'd have to hike in a mile or two b/c they gate the road in winter. I'll have to check the regs on winter access...we may be able to ice fish, and a snow-covered Pikes Peak makes a good backdrop. That may be a good balance of access, views, stuff to do, etc.
And if not the reservoir, there are lots of other places nearby to choose from, and a handful of lakes.
Or we could base from the AF Academy and hike up the front range over the first ridgeline. Easy access to safe parking (cleared roads, patrolled lots), and not many people will be on the trails at that time. Most of the USAFA reservation is open to the public if you have a driver's license, and we'd be camping in Pike NF. I could hike up a couple days before and mark the path with streamers.
Just some ideas. I also have Colorado TOPO! and can post maps w/ waypoints once we decide on an area.
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