Balanced Rock Road

4.2/5 (36 reviews)
Monument, Colorado (ElPaso County)
Last Updated: 07/05/2022
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Highlights

This is a fun off-road trail that's close to Colorado Springs and easily accessible to those in Denver and other points along the front range. Trails within the Rampart Range can provide a challenge to vehicles that are a little more than stock yet still offers some fun routes for more built rigs. The Mount Herman Road (FS 320) drive up to the trail gives you great views of Monument and Black Forest. The southern section of the Rampart Range is notable for unique rock formations consisting of large boulder piles and valleys filled with rock outcroppings, dense forests and fine gravel soil. Open during all seasons (except rare closures for excessive precipitation), the Rampart Range portion of Pike National Forest offers year-round 4x4 adventure!

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Trail Reviews

4.2/5 (36 reviews)
Status: Open
Visited: 10/26/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Always a fun trail! Road crew was there grading the road. Saw no one else out
Trail Review: Balanced Rock Road - Joseph Spurlock
PBenn
2300
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran this trail in conjunction with several others in the area for a day of exploring and fun. It was a really nice day and expected to see a lot of other 4 wheeler's out and about, but it was actually pretty quiet. This trail another fun trail, but not too challenging except the bottom section which was narrow and had several very deep ruts. this was the only place I had to put my Gladiator into 4 low coming back up.
Tracy Barker
Official Crew
28400
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/05/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Balanced Rock Road (FS 322) is my favorite road on the Rampart Range. The road condition is degraded compared to the last time I drove it. There are more and deeper ruts, more exposed rocks (loose and shelf type), and there are more spots with exposed tree roots. Of course, all of this only adds to the adventure!
Trail Review: Balanced Rock Road - Tracy Barker
Trail Review: Balanced Rock Road - Tracy Barker
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Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 06/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Great trail for scenery and is a lot easier for a UTV than a licensed street legal vehicle because the roads are pretty torn up from runoff of melting snow. It’s a good trail for beginners for sure!
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/29/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Still lots of fun. Took a couple more challenging side roads up to cam areas. Funny that they would be harder than most of the trail but still a lot of fun. The deep ruts at way point 10 are pretty deep right now. I think the 1st one going down is 2 1/2 to 3 feet deep. Definitely got on 2 wheels there. Still made it down and more importantly back up in a 2013 Sahara with 35's and a 2.5 inch lift. I made it through last year without both of those too so I think it just looks hard to newbies like me. There was a stock TJ Sport that made it through just fine but a Toyota FJ had to get winched up. Only spot that I don't like is an area between waypoint 9 & 10. I always hit a lot of traffic there and the areas to pull off. I hit a group of probably 10 vehicles coming down the trail. No issues just I have bad luck in that spot. I always meet someone there. :( The lake is the pay off for this one. So quiet and calm. I wish I had more time to just chill there.
Trail Review: Balanced Rock Road - John Atkins

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