Rampart Range Road

Colorado Springs, Colorado (Douglas County)

Last Updated: 05/15/2019
4/5 (4 reviews)
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 1-1
(EASY)
Length: 60.4 miles
Highest Elevation: 9436 feet
Duration: About 3 hours 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Colorado Springs
Nearest Town w/ Services: Colorado Springs
Official Road Name: 300
Management Agency: United States Forest Service
District: Pikes Peak Ranger District & South Platte Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Rampart Range Road

Built in the 1930’s, this well known and fairly well-maintained trail runs through Pike National Forest. Rampart Range isn't just a road name, it's actually the name of the Front Range south of US 85 and this road runs almost the whole length of it. It crosses a number of counties from its north end near Sedalia all the way down through to Colorado Springs. You can start in the Springs right from the Garden of the Gods or a small turnoff near Sedalia on 67. The southern end has the most to see in terms of viewing and is the smoother portion of the drive. There’s many turnoffs, both large parking areas, and small pull-offs, where you can stop to take pictures on the southern end. The views of Pike’s Peak and the range from this end of the trail are amazing. Some special notes about this trail: Pike National Forest runs a yearly permit program to let people cut down their own Christmas Trees. The Forest Service offers a permit for only $10 and most of the cutting area tends to be within Rampart Range Road (FS 300). Click here and scroll down to Pike's Peak Ranger District" to find out details on how to get a permit and where you can cut. The road was built as part of the government’s efforts to get out of The Great Depression by the Civil Conservation Corps. A marker stone exists and is a waypoint along the trail. There are notes on the internet that there were once two marker stones, but it appears one may have been damaged and/or removed outright. The market stone indicates it’s opening and completion, 1933.

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Route Information

Technical Rating: 1-1
(EASY)

Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 5" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 5" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 6" inches. Good tire placement likely. Can be steep, but with good traction.

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Description

This 60 miles long, and quite wide road is graded dirt all the way through and is easy enough for most vehicles, though beware of the washboards. The trail is the jump-off and landing point for a large number of trails and even some main roads along the way. Please note, there are NO SERVICES directly along this route. Make sure to bring in all you need and as always take out all you bring in. The wooded area of the north end is more of a nice drive through the forest, though there are often more people and there are more wash-boarded areas. The area to the south is smoother these days, but weather conditions and water can change all that quickly. Be prepared. Please note, there is no shooting directly off of this road, but some of the roads and trails nearby allow it. Watch for signage, and see the connecting trails and roads for more details. If you plan on camping, make sure to call the Forest Service or check online for fire restrictions first. Rampart Range Road runs from ‘officially’ from South to North, and the GPX is tracked that way. It can be run both ways depending on your preference or destination. Along the way, trailsoffroad has noted places of interest and some of the more complex intersections of road and trails. Winter access to this road is only doable with the proper rig and your trail entries are limited. The north and south ends of Rampart Range Road (FS 300) are usually closed by December 1st. Though depending on snowfall, it may be impassable earlier than that. The gates are reopened in the spring, usually near or before Memorial Day. If you want to go to the open section open in the winter, you can come in through either Woodland park (see Waypoint 10), or Mount Herman Road (FS 393) if it is passable. The FS leaves about 15-19 miles open in the middle giving you access to 322, 325, and adjacent trails and campsites. Be prepared if you're going to go snow-wheeling in this area.
There is a lot of bike and ATV traffic on the northern end of the trail.

Waypoints

1. Balanced Rock Turn Off

When entering the Garden of the Gods park from the furthest south entrance, you will come across the famous Balanced Rock there. Just beyond that is a well-marked turn-off the pavement to the left. This is Rampart Range (FS 300) and the road you’re going to take.People tend to take this corner a little to fast when coming off the trail, so use caution at the gate. Follow the road around, the official OHV trailhead is 2.4 miles in from the gate. On this southern end of the trail, you will notice some areas of burned trees. These areas were part of the The 2012 Waldo Canyon Wildfire burned 18,000+ acres and included 1500+firefighters, 70 firetrucks, and air support. The fire caused almost half a billion in damages to homes and businesses, the most to date in Colorado.

2. Stay To The Right At Junction (1.5 mi)

Stay to the right, there’s a small split here. The road to the left is private and usually gated closed but if it is not can cause some confusion.

3. Official Trailhead And Posted Notice Board (2.4 mi)

Follow the curve around to the left. This is the official start of the trail. There are markers there to indicate any special notices for the area. Be sure to roll by and take a look to see if you should be aware of anything, including closures.

4. Scenic Overlook (7.3 mi)

There’s a place to stop here for a scenic overview of Colorado Springs/Manitou Springs. There is a small area for parking here but be careful where you go. The area is under-recovery protection from the 2012 fire and is regrowing. Some of the walking trails have been reopened, but many restrictions remain. The area behind the Jeep pictured overlooks Queens Canyon.

5. Official Scenic Overlook (11.4 mi)

This is a marked parking spot and scenic overlook here. More views of Pike’s Peak only miles away by air from that location. This is also where there is a base of what is believed to have been the site of another marker on this trail of its origins. See the next waypoint for more information on these overlooks. Dodged a deer in the area, be aware of animals on the trail here, especially at dusk and nightime.

6. Official Scenic Overlook (11.8 mi)

This is another marked and obvious parking area. There was once a picnic area and some other picnic area type resources here, but they appear to be long gone now. This area appears slightly maintained, but not kept up well. They seem to be allowing the wall and area to deteriorate on its own. Be aware of loose rocks and such while walking around, it's a long fall down the cliffside. There is a special stone marker here and a plaque to show where the CCC completed the trail in 1933. It’s not in great shape these days but is legible. The views of Pike’s Peak are a little muted at the bottom, but there is a small trail you can walk up for an amazing view of Pikes Peak and the valley between Rampart Range and Pikes Peak.

7. Rampart Reservoir Insterection, Stay To the Left (17 mi)

Stay on the dirt to stay on Rampart Range. The road intersects with Lake Circle Drive (FS 306) that takes you to Rampart Range Reservoir. The Reservoir is well worth the detour if it’s just a lazy day. For those that want to fish or boat, you can do both here. There’s also large areas of dispersed camping. This can be a busy area though and is paid, $6/vehicle, to enter and go around in the park.

8. Angler Parking Lot (18.6 mi)

Stay straight at this parking lot for fishing. There’s a large sign for anglers and information available on a board there.

9. Springdale Campground (20.2 mi)

Springdale Campground is on the right, stay straight. This is one of the many paid/fee campgrounds along the road.

10. Schubarth Trail (FS 307/311) (22.5 mi)

Stay straight at this intersection. To the right is Schubarth (FS 307/311).

11. Loy Creek Road Intersection - Stay On Dirt To Follow Road (22.7 mi)

Stay to the right (north) This intersection is a little tricky and poorly marked, stay to the right. You'll know if you're going the wrong way if you hit pavement. If you do stay to the right, you enter the residential "Rampart Range Road" area that will take you to Woodland Park and Route 24. This and Mount Herman Road (FS 393) are the two entrances to the parts of Rampart open during the winter.

12. Beaver Creek (FS 315)

Stay straight on Rampart Range (FS 300). To the right is Beaver Creek (FS 315) which will actually loop back to Mount Herman Road (FS 393).

13. Mount Herman Road (FS 320 Trailhead)

Stay straight and follow the road to the left. Mount Herman Road (FS 393) is on the right and well marked.

14. Balanced Rock Road (FS 322) (27.8 mi)

Stay Straight at the Balanced Rock Road (FS 322) entrance.

15. Ice Cave Road (FS 323/324) - Southern Entrance (28.4 mi)

Stay Straight on Rampart Range (FS 300). To the right is the southern entrance to Fern Creek (FS 351).

16. Ice Cave Road (FS 323/324) - Northern Entrance (28.6 mi)

Stay straight at the northern entrance to Ice Cave Road (FS 335).

17. Hotel Gulch (FS 346) (28.8 mi)

Stay straight at Hotel Gulch (FS 346).

18. Fern Creek Trailhead (FS 351) (38.5 mi)

Stay straight at Fern Creek (FS 351) to continue on Rampart Range (FS 300)

19. Seasonal Gate and Posted Notice Board (38.9 mi)

Seasonal Gate and posted forest information. If this gate is closed, turn around. It’s likely far too dangerous or is closed for other FS reasons.

20. Dakan Mountain (Dakan Road) (FS 563) Trailhead (47.6 mi)

Stay straight on the groomed trail to continue on Rampart Range. Going right takes you through Dakan Mountain (Dakan Road/FS 563) towards Perry Park and Castle Rock.

21. Long Hollow Road (FS 348) (45.8 mi)

Stay straight here. This is an odd 4-way intersection since it doesn't line up directly. On the left is Long Hollow Road (FS 348) .

22. Upper Jackson Creek (FS 502/503) (46.3 mi)

Stay straight at Upper Jackson Creek (FS 502/503). If you go to the right and follow that trail, it will take you back to Dakan Mountain (Dakan Road/FS 563) and towards Perry Park/Castle Rock.

23. Topaz Point Campground (49 mi)

Topaz Point Picnic Grounds. This is a large picnic area with a single lane of parking. Frankly, this is an odd place to stop for lunch and I wouldn’t recommend it to most. You cannot park here to ride ATV’s and such, only some benches and tables.

24. Devil's Head Intersection (51.2 mi)

Intersection with Devil’s Head Mountain walking trail and parking. This small trail is famous since it contains the only remaining manned fire watch station in the country. It's manned by a gentleman who's been doing it for three decades and isn't stopping soon. This is worth a stop if you can handle the hike up the stairs to the lookout!

25. Flat Rocks Overlook (55.7 mi)

Stay straight to continue. The Flat Rocks Overlook is here, an almost forgotten overlook. The views are likely better than in these pictures when the weather is clear. The overlook is a little overgrown and you may find vehicles in this lot with ATV's and Motorcycles.

26. Rampart Trailhead & Parking Lot (60.2 mi)

Stay straight to exit the trail. This is ‘end’ of the trail or the beginning if you're starting from the north end. There is a large gate and just beyond it is a parking lot on the left. That parking lot also has bathrooms and a dumpster if you have things to dump out. If you’re starting your day here and want to air down, you can do so here easily. This parking lot is VERY busy during the summer months. *Note, after a disastrous Labor Day Weekend. , the USFS has decided to just pull the dumpsters from Rampart Range completely. This trail is now 'Take Out What You Take In" starting on Friday Sept 9th, 2016.

27. Turn Off From 67 To Trail (60.4 mi)

This is 67, turning right will take you towards Sedalia. Turning left will take you towards Deckers and the South Platte River. There happens to be a working payphone here! If all else fails, it's a place to call for help.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.865981, -104.896516

Starting Point: Multiple locations.

From the south, from Colorado Springs you can take the scenic route through Garden of the Gods. It's only a few miles off of US 24. From the Manitou Ave exit, take Manitou Ave to Garden of the Gods Road, Turn right on El Paso Blvd and as soon as you pass under US-24, turn left onto Garden Dr. Go a half-mile and Rampart Range Road (FS 300) will be on the left just past the parking for the rock formations and Balanced Rock. To enter from the north end, start in Sedalia and Route 67. Go South on CO-67 for 10 miles. Rampart Range Road (FS 300) is 1.3 miles past the Indian Creek Market and 0.7 Miles past Mile Post 118 (MP117.3). It is at the top of a hill on the left across from a Stay The Trail Billboard and look for the signs.

Camping

Dispersed
Designated

Here are the paid campgrounds, listed in order from south to north: Springdale Campground, Devils Head Campground, Rock Springs Campground, Flat Rocks Campground, Rampart Range Campground. Starting at the northern end, there are 50 numbered campsites along the way (one of them is the one pictured). They are free and first come, first serve. Beyond that and south are more dispersed campgrounds, some marked, some not. Please note the camping on the northern end can be quite loud since there is a lot of ATV traffic on the nearby trails. As you travel further south, you will see campgrounds in the 900 numbered series of trail markers. Some of these campsites have spectacular views, just look for the 900 series signs on the small off-shoots you see. There is dispersed camping that is not always marked by numbers towards the southern end of the trail. Some of these sites are marked with a 900 series trail number and go no further than a quarter-mile to a campsite. These are first come, first take. Other sites are marked with well-established fire rings. Click here for additional camping information near Rampart Range and for current fire restrictions for the area.

Camping: Rampart Range Road

Land Use Issues

Special Notice Summer 2017. The trash problem on Rampart Range has really ramped up this year and threatens this trail and the surrounding areas. This amazing recreation area is under threat from both campers and squatters. If you see bad behavior, please carefully gather as much information about the offender(s) as possible and report it back to the FS. As always, pack out what you pack in, and grab extra if you can. Rampart Range Trash Story on KOAA This area is also part of Pike-San Isabel National Forest, and as such is part of the 2011 Lawsuit where a coalition of conservation and recreation groups were suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they say is an illegal addition of 500 miles of motorized roads and trails. A settlement was reached in late 2015 that is requiring the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate the roads and create a new travel management plan. 30 roads have been partially or completely closed while this evaluation takes place over the next few years. Those trails affected have been noted here at trailsoffroad.com. It is imperative that the OHV community makes their voices be heard on this issue. If we do nothing, those 500 miles will be shut down, some already have. Contact the local ranger districts and let them know why the area is important to you and the history you have there. Contact your Congressperson and Senator as well. They know how important the OHV community is to the economy of the state. Search of Ongoing Media Coverage On going Forest Service Information About The Project

Writer Information

Jen & JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ has been upgraded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.

Community

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Just starting out so probably a silly question but do you usually air down for trails like this?
–Ben (04/29/2018)
A: Ben, that's not a silly question at all, we all started somewhere. Honestly, no you do not need to airdown for a trail like this but you can for a softer ride. The washboards on this trail are no joke and we air down because the trail is so long. We also find ourselves heading off onto a spur at the last minute and want to be prepared.
–Jen & JD Marshall (04/29/2018)
Q: Does anyone know trail conditions looking to go tomorrow
–Dustin (04/21/2018)
A: Dustin, check this page in the morning before you go out and see if anyone drops a Trip Report in today. With the snow along the front range today though, conditions tomorrow are going to be a tough call either way. I would expect at least wet conditions and maybe some snow.
–Jen & JD Marshall (04/21/2018)

Trail Reviews (34)

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Status: Open
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North gate is open as of 5/17/19

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
Opening day for the trail is 5/17 this year. The district will try to have the gates open in the morning.

Author:
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
The North Entrance off 67 is still closed for mud season. There was a little bit of snow still left up near the entrance that’s continuing to melt.

Author:
Status: Partially Open
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We came from Missouri Gulch - Fern Creek and the gate was close going northbound. Everything south of was fine including Mt. Herman.

Author:
Status: Partially Open
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Came up thru Mt Herman road (near Monument) to head North on Rampart and to Ice Cave Road and Rampart was mostly thawed. Was a little muddy but nothing that would cause extremely slick/dangerous conditions or trail damage. Didn't venture far enough North to see if the gate was open since we went back the way we came from. Lots of abandoned vehicles on Mt Herman Road though unfortunately. Hopefully someone will come snag them soon.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
The winter portion of Rampart Range remains open but the mud season has started on 300. Trails in the gated area are now closed to ALL vehicles while snow melt is happening. Expect this closure to remain in effect for at least a few weeks.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
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Snowy and icy! The southern end, driving north from Woodland Park, is not too bad; get on top of the mountain and there is packed snow from the FS Road 312 intersection and north. Up to 320/Mount Herman Road isn't too bad, but the road really starts to get slick near the 323 intersection. We stopped north of there before going down the big hill. A passenger car "somehow" got down there and stuck at the bottom.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
Trail is closed at the north and south ends for the annual seasonal closure of Rampart. You can still get in via Loy Creek road from Woodland Park or from Mt Herman Road near Monument. Please note that Mt Herman Road will stay open until/if the Forest Service decides that snowfall forces a closure.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Ran this from waypoint 11 to 19 and back looking for a Christmas tree, we didn't find one up near Fern Creek and have to go back, we ran out of sunlight. Ground is mix of dirt, snow and icy areas. 4x4 only at this point to be safe.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:

Rampart Range and some of the connecting trails are again part of the Pike's Peak Ranger District's 2018 Christmas Tree Program. Please see the attached map for a good idea of the area available this year. This map was confirmed by the Forest Service office to be roughly the same for 2018, make sure to see the map given out with the permit for the legal cutting areas fo 2018. This map is attached only for a rough idea and reference.

Forest Serivce Site & Tree Program Information


Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Garden of the Gods park announced on Sept 7th, 2018 that ALL gates within the park will now close at 10pm. An initial call to the park indicated that they WILL be closing the Rampart Range entrance and exit at that time as well. This causes some problems since it's 17 miles to another exit if you get that far. I have reached out to the Forest Service and Colorado Springs Parks & Recreation to explain the concerns of closing this down.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
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The trail is open on the northern end but is closed from Loy Creek to Mount Herman Road while fire suppression operations are carried out for a small fire near Woodland Park. Expect this area to be closed through 07/29 at least.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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There was a carjacking and shooting on Rampart Range yesterday. Investigators have closed the road and all campgrounds around Devil's Head for the next 48 hours.

Please be aware that the middle section of Rampart Range is CLOSED for investigation. You can only enter the trail from the North or the South, the middle section that is typically open in the winter is the part that I have been told by the Forest Service that the road is closed roughly from Waypoint 19 to 25.


Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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On Rampart near Dakan. Nothing to report but a lot of traffic and dusty conditions. I only rate this trail a 3 because of the functional nature of it and the scenery towards the end. This trail is long and rough with the washboards.

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Status: Open
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Everything is open and packed with people. Came up Dakan Rd. to Rampart Range so did not go the full length but I can't imagine it looks any different in the parts we didn't go on. The road is dry and dusty already even after the rain this past week. The surrounding roads have a couple wet spots here and there but everything is good to go!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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It was a gorgeous day here in Colorado and while it's not quite spring in the mountains, the snow is largely gone and the Rampart area is open. We ran the trail from Dakan Road down to the Garden of the Gods. There are no major changes to report at this time. The southern end of the trail does not appear to have as bad a rutting as it did in the fall.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Exciting news today! The Ranger District has lifted the seasonal AND mud ban for ALL of Rampart Range. trailsoffroad crew confirmed today with the Ranger and a non-profit that the lack of significant snowfall has resulted in an early open this year. Please be respectful and be mindful that there is still a chance for mud at this time of year. Do not tear through mud holes and do not cause ruts. The side trails are open and subject to those rules and regulations.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
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I drove a short segment of Rampart Range Road (FS Road 300) from Hotel Gulch (FS Road 346) to Mount Herman Road (FS Road 320). Conditions are snow packed and partly clear. The clear sections are very wash-boarded and rough. As stated by JD Marshall on 12/01/2017 the Seasonal Gates are closed on the north end of Rampart Range Road (in vicinity of the radio towers approximately 300 yards north of where FS Road 351 and FS Road 327 intersect with Rampart Range Road).

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
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The Forest Service closed the gates this morning for Rampart Range at the North and South entrances. The trail remains open from Woodland Park and the entrance from Loy Creek Road for roughly the middle 20 miles of the trail. Dakan Trail and all the trails north of it are closed to 4x4's for the season. Other trails like Schubarth and Ice Cave Creek will remain open all winter but be sure to check back at trailsoffroad for the latest trail statuses. There has not been much snow on Rampart as a whole so far this season. Many of the side trails will likely be easily passable until the next high country snow.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Not Reported
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Ran Rampart from Loy Creek to Dakan after picking up our Christmas Tree permit from the Pike's Peak Ranger office near Woodland. There was little to no snow on the trail and only a few icy spots in the shade. While I expect that they will close the trail as scheduled this year, there is a chance they will leave Rampart open until the first significant snow up there. I have left a message for the county to find out the state of the repairs on the southern end of the trail. It appears they have repaired just enough to make it passable, but it needs work. Low clearance vehicles beware. It is possible they are holding off on repairs until spring after the runoff. The area for picking trees this year includes trails from Loy Creek Road to Fern Creek. There is no northern area above 67 this year. See the attached pictures of the cutting area map.

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Status: Open
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Great scenic drive from Garden of the Gods to the turnoff to Rampart Reservoir. Low-clearance passenger vehicles beware, the road is still rutted in spots but I think anything with at least the clearance of a Subaru would be completely fine. I'm going to mention again that the portion from Rampart reservoir up to the start of 300V is some of the worst washboarding I've ever seen. I suppose all the traffic from shooters and campers pushing 40mph may just be too much without more frequent maintenance, means to keep speeds down, or simply paving it.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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We drove up from Garden of the Gods through Rampart Range to Mt. Herman Road before heading home. The last person was not lying about the amount of washboarding. The washboarding at the north end of the trail is expected but the southern end near the garden was rutted badly. Fortunately, we saw equipment and evidence that the county has been out grading the road and grading out the ruts. They appeared to be halfway done when we were going through and will likely finish right before the seasonal closure. Be aware that some of these ruts will make this rough on a passenger car that is used to getting through here easily. We'll update the trail in the spring to verify the ruts remain repaired.

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Status: Open
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RE: the portion from Loy Creek Rd outside of Woodland Park up to the start of Balanced Rock Rd, Holy washboard, Batman! Easy drive but I may have to get some fillings redone after the washboarding shook them out. Hopefully I just caught it right before they graded it, because it makes for an unpleasant route to get to the more fun 4WD trails it provides access to.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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We ran the trail from dakan to Ice Cave Creek and then out Mount Herman Road. Trail was dry and clear.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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We decided to take the scenic route back to Denver from Colorado Springs: Rampart Range and a couple of side trails. Despite the recent rain, the trails are dry and dusty. The area around Devils Head had a TON of road-side campers and hikers. The north end was positively buzzing with bike and ATV campers. I don't think we saw a single empty campsite.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Beautiful day on the trail, plenty of Saturday traffic along the way. We ran it from My Herman Road to the exit at Garden of the Gods. Clean all the way through.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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We took the long way back from Colorado Springs and rode Rampart through to Dakan Road. The weather was nice and the road is dry with a few exceptions where recent snow melt has made it a little wet.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Forest Rangers opened the gates this morning. Rampart Range is open from both directions and all 60 miles of trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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We traveled from Mount Herman Road to the exit into Woodland Park. The trail was open all the way through and so dry in some places that there was a lot of dirt getting kicked up due to wind. While the trail appears open for the 19 miles in the middle that are open year-round, there are lots of signs and we saw plenty of Forest Service vehicles enforcing no-riding rules in effect for ATV's and small vehicles for mud-season.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
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Myself, an FJ80 ,and a Tacoma traversed a small segment of Rampart Range Road from FS Road 346 (Hotel Gulch) to FS Road 320 (Mount Herman Road) on Saturday, February 18th, 2017. We were surprised to find the road mostly covered in snow, despite warm temperatures for the preceding week. This segment of Rampart Range Road was 75% covered in snow, and 20% slush or wet/muddy road. Very little (5%) was dry dirt. Also surprising to us was the volume of traffic observed; within a 30-minute span covering perhaps six or seven miles, we passed dozens of Jeeps, trucks, and even passenger cars. Most were parked north of FS Roads 300V/300U, where target shooting is permitted.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Not Reported
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We got into the trail from Woodland Park to do some tree hunting. We did not find a tree, and we also didn't find a ton of snow. The snow that was there was hard packed and doable by most vehicles. Most areas had recent vehicle tracks and we did not encounter anything my Rubicon could not easily take. Be careful if going out there though, all snow-wheeling precautions should be taken on this trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Closed
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Both ends are closed by gates. We've been to both ends.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Rampart is still open and there is no snow. Area is under a red-flag warning. Ran into the manager of the road who told me it's going to be starting to close up to 4x4's in a few weeks.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Rampart is open all the way through. It was run this past Sunday as we got in and out of the trail system. The only thing of note is that the lack of significant rainfall lately has made that road extremely dusty right now.