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Backcountry Outdoor Center

Located just off Santa Fe & Ron King Trail, the Backcountry Outdoor Center is made up of Base Camp, the Horse Corrals, and the Archery Range and 3D Archery Range.

Base Camp

Base Camp is the home of Camp Backcountry, our barnyard animals, and is the starting place for most programs. The Ponderosa stands, grasslands, and foothills provide for a dynamic setting for learning about and exploring the natural world, all while staying close to home. Base Camp is the gateway to adventure in the Backcountry Wilderness Area.  

Please Note: Base Camp is not open for public visits. Register for a program to visit. 

Horse Corrals

The Horse Corrals are the starting point for ALL horse programs including horse camp, riding lessons, trail rides, pony programs, horsemanship classes, and saddle club. There are five different arenas and two round-pens utilized for lessons and programs, along with a trail for horseback rides.

Archery Range and 3D Archery Range

There are three archery ranges at the Backcountry Outdoor Center: a Sight-In Range, a Lesson Range, and a 3D Archery Range. The Sight-In Range offers bag targets from 10 to 100 yards. The Lesson Range is separated from the Sight-In Range so that lessons can run concurrently with the public range and not interfere. The new 3D range consists of a one-mile loop trail with flat, uphill, and downhill shots ranging from 10 to 90 yards at targets including elk, deer, bear, turkey, sheep, and goat. Purchase your archery pass.

Directions to the Backcountry Outdoor Center

From the North: From C-470 and Santa Fe, head south on Santa Fe (CO-85) 7 miles and turn left on Ron King Trail. 

From the South: From I-25 and Founders Parkway, head west on Founders Parkway 0.4 miles, and turn right onto North bound CO-85.Proceed 9.7 miles North on CO-85 and turn right onto Ron King Trail. 

Once on Ron King Trail, go about 0.1 miles through the arch that says Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Facility then follow our Backcountry Wilderness Area elk head logo signs to your destination.

The Horse Corrals are shortly after you go under the arch and will be on your left. Park in the Horse Corrals lot and walk West towards the riding arenas.

The Archery Ranges are less than a mile down Ron King Trail and will be on your left. Park in the Archery lot and walk to the range.

Base Camp is down Ron King Trail the furthest. Follow the signs to your destination.

Note: If your mapping system tries to take you to the Backcountry Outdoor Center via Grigs Road, it is wrong. The only entrance is from Santa Fe.

Interactive Map to Base Camp (6005 Ron King Trail)

Staff Phone Numbers

Mark Giebel: 303-471-8885
AnnaKate Hein: 303-471-8876
Gus Brunger: 303-471-7042
Lindsey McKissick: 303-471-7076
Mia Phillips: 303-471-8883
Becca Venable: 303-471-7054
Ellen Dolph: 303-471-7053
Abby DeGroot: 303-471-7046
Hailze Setzer: 303-471-7038
Sami Dhainin: 303-471-7078