Getting Here – Via Barr Trail
Barr Camp is located on the Barr Trail. Hiking up from the trailhead in Manitou Springs is the most common route to the camp. For a description of the hike up Barr Trail see our hiking page.
Public Transportation – See this page for information on public transport to Barr Trail.
Colorado Springs area map with transportation and driving routes.
The trailhead is located on Hydro Drive, Manitou Springs, Colorado. Manitou Springs is a few miles west of Colorado Springs. Follow all traffic signs toward the COG Railway.
Please email us if you have further questions.
Driving to the Trailhead / Parking
The actaul trailhead and trailhead parking is just past the Cog railway lot, turn right on Hydro Drive, then a short uphill to the lot. Cog railway address: 515 Ruxton Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829 – Link to Cog Railway Directions From I-25 in Colorado Springs, take exit #141 (US 24) off I-25, go west (toward mountains) on US 24 for four miles to Manitou Avenue (Manitou Springs) exit. Go west on Manitou Avenue one and one-half miles to Ruxton Avenue (traffic circle). Turn left and go to the top of Ruxton Avenue three-quarters of a mile. You will arrive at the Cog Railway Depot.
There are multiple parking options, to include free parking in Manitou Springs. The best option will depend on length of stay and the time of year.
Driving to the Trailhead / Parking – Closest option to Barr Trail.
- Continue straight past the depot; drive with care here as it can be very busy with pedestrian traffic. About 200 yards past the depot, notice the big brick hydro-electric plant on the right. Turn right on Hydro Street, just past the brick building. Hydro Street is a narrow steep climb of about 200 yards to the top where you will find the trailhead parking lot
- $5 per day per vehicle via an on-site parking kiosk (rate subject to change).
- Overnight and multiple days (up to ten days) available.
- Rest Room is open year around.
Cog railway Lot –Very close to the trailhead. Availability is at the discretion of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway.
- $5 for 4hrs when available (rate subject to change).
- No overnight parking, four hours max.
Iron Springs Melodrama –Very close to the trailhead.
- $5 per day (rate may change seasonally)
- No overnight parking
- This lot is not always available for hiker parking
and fills up quickly, there are usually attendants to
Ruxton Avenue – Parking along Ruxton is metered and has hourly charges.
- Metered parking is expensive and is not recommended except for very short hikes.
Free Parking and shuttle Near City Hall / Memorial Park – This is located about one mile from the trail-head. Free Shuttle runs through town, up Ruxton to Cog year round.
- Signs on Manitou Avenue direct to free parking on El Paso Blvd.
- Free Shuttle
- Public Composting toilets outside entrance of the city hall building, El Paso Blvd.
Colorado Springs City Bus – Route #3 – The pick-up / drop-off location at Memorial Park. The bus runs between Manitou Springs and downtown Colorado Springs with service everyday.
This map is to the Trailhead, not the camp. After parking at the trailhead you have a 6.5 mile hike to camp.
Other options of getting to Barr Camp
There are a few other ways to get here, but all of them involve hiking. There are no roads (not even forest service roads) to Barr Camp.
This option requires the least amount of hiking. Mountain View is a stop along the Cog Railway. This option requires coordination and ticket purchase with the Cog Railway. After departing the train it is a 1.5 mile hike to the camp. The trail is well travelled with some rolling hills. It is not a terribly difficult hike but it is at 10,000 feet over a rocky trail.
- How long will it take to hike from Mountain View to
Barr Camp – There is no way for us to predict your
hiking speed. You will need your own hiking
experience to take a guess at your speed.
See How Long?
- CAUTION: In winter, the trail is not often travelled and is normally very deep in snow. The trail becomes difficult to locate when snow covered. We do not recommend hiking it in the winter unless you are confident of finding the trail.
Cog Railway or Vehicle Ride to the Summit, then Hike DOWN Barr Trail.
You cannot leave a vehicle on the summit. The Cog Railway requires a ticket to ride, and the vehicle drive to the top is via Pikes Peak Toll Road.
Barr Trail goes all the way to the summit of Pikes Peak. It is possible to get a ride to the top then hike down.
- CAUTION: It can be very demanding to hike downhill for twelve miles. Some people find that downhill hiking is more difficult than uphill hiking due to the stress it puts on knees and joints.
Vehicle Ride to Elk Park Knoll, and Hike Down to Barr Camp.
This trail head is also on the Pikes Peak Toll Road. Overnight parking is NOT allowed so you must make it a day hike with plenty of time to depart the toll gate, or be dropped off at the Elk Park Trailhead. The trail is located along the Toll Road just above Glen Cove. It is about 6 miles to Barr Camp and it is a mostly down hill hike.
Lodging and Camping in the Colorado
Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs have many hotels, bed & breakfast, and RV parks to choose from. Both Chamber of Commerce links are on our Links page.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park is a good place for tent camping away from the RV’s. It is located on the south side of Colorado Springs on Highway 115, across from the main gate at Fort Carson.