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Youth Group Camping

Camping area with tents on summer day

The U.S. Air Force Academy is proud to host local youth organizations on base for camping. Our designated campground for overnight stays is conveniently located near the North Gate. Nestled along the base of the Front Range, the Academy preserves over 18,500 acres of forests and mountain terrain, ideal for outdoor activities. We look forward to welcoming your troop or youth group.


The Academy maintains a primitive campground adjacent to the B-52 static display which is available to reserve year-round. There is no fee to reserve the campground but eligibility is restricted. Contact us at usafa.events@afacademy.af.edu for details and to find out if your group is eligible to reserve the campground.

In order to allow time for processing, please make your reservations at least 45 days in advance.

Due to base regulations, groups camping overnight must have a designated sponsor with a valid Department of Defense/military ID card.

To reserve the campground area for an overnight stay:

  1. The sponsor should fill out the Request Form (USAFA Form 29) and the Facility Use (USAFA Form 117), sections 1 and 4 only.
  2. The sponsor should email the USAFA Form 117 and the USAFA Form 29 to: usafa.events@afacademy.af.edu. Please call (719) 333-4148 or (719) 333-6724 with any questions.
  1. Sponsors hosting overnight groups of 10 adult guests or more who do not hold valid military/DoD ID cards must file for a base pass. To obtain a pass, please fill out the provided EAL (Entry Access List) template and send via an encrypted email to: 10SFS.SB@us.af.mil, no later than 6 business days prior to your event. If the sponsor is unable to send an encrypted email, they must hand carry the EAL to the Pass & ID Office outside the South Gate.
  2. Sponsors hosting less than 10 adult guests without valid military/DoD ID cards must accompany their guests to the Pass & ID office at the South Gate to obtain individual passes. Please call (719) 333-0443 with any questions.


Hiking Trails & Fishing

Many of the Academy’s single-track trails are open to scouting groups and the general public for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding during normal visitor hours. Prior coordination is not required for use of the trails. For more information and to plan your trip, visit our Hiking & Trails page.

The Academy has five lakes in the main area that can be used for recreational fishing. Guests without a DoD/military ID must be accompanied by a sponsor with a valid DoD/military ID. For information on seasonal availability, permits, lake access and regulations, visit our Fishing page.


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