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North Slope Recreation Area

The recreation area consists of 2,267 acres of forest type lands and the North and South Catamount and Crystal Reservoirs.

All three lakes serve as terminal reservoirs for the water supply of Colorado Springs and surrounding municipalities. Because protection of the watershed and maintaining high quality water standards have always been a high priority for the City of Colorado Springs and U.S. Forest Service, the reservoirs were closed to public recreation for many years. In 1967, the citizens of Colorado Springs passed a charter amendment allowing the City to open the reservoirs for recreational use when all municipalities receiving water from the reservoirs had water treatment capabilities. In late 1990, all communities began to receive treated water. In 1991-1992, the City Council appointed a North Slope Advisory Committee to develop a plan for recreational use. The area opened for its first season on July 8, 1992.

The Pikes Peak North Slope Recreation Area is managed by the City of Colorado Springs in cooperation with the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service. Recreational opportunities include bank fishing, non-gasoline powered boating, belly boating, mountain biking, picnicking, hiking and scenic enjoyment. These activities are regulated to assure relatively low environmental impact and minimal management requirements.

North Slope

Pikes Peak Highway Fees
(Includes North Slope Recreation Area AND access to the summit)