Dakan Road

4.1/5 (69 reviews)
Perry Park, Colorado (Douglas County)
Last Updated: 12/15/2022
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Trail Information


Dakan Road is a very pleasant trail in the Pike National Forest near Castle Rock that runs from Perry Park Road to Rampart Range Road. It is suitable for all levels of drivers, and any stock 4x4 can run this with no problems. There are a few tremendous views of the front range. This trail can be a bit crowded so be on the lookout for traffic from dirt bikes, ATVs, and other vehicles.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Dakan Road is a dirt and sandstone four-wheel drive road that sees heavy use. It connects Perry Park Road near Castle Rock to Rampart Range Road. It does have a connector road that is a fun offshoot – that road is the top half of Jackson Creek Road and will also intersect with Rampart Range Road, across from the beginning of Long Hollow Road. It has many whoop-de-doos, and these are a whole lot more pleasant if you run this trail uphill, from the east to the west though it can be fun gaining some speed on the way down. Just make sure everything is tied down. Some spots can get pretty washed out, and some sections have deep but passable ruts, but this trail is in good condition most of the time. Traffic will be encountered in either direction so keep your eyes open. The trail is 13.3 miles long from pavement to the top of Rampart Range Road. Depending on how fast you drive, it takes at least an hour but allow an hour and a half to enjoy the sights. If you want to do it as a loop, run it from the bottom to the top, and then make a right turn (north) at Rampart Range Road, make a right at Jackson Creek, and run that FS 502/503 back to the intersection near the rock obstacle. There is only one real obstacle on the trail called the Rock. The condition of this section has been vastly improved but can suffer from use. There are rocks that people drive on around the obstacle. It has a tremendous view. Just after this obstacle, there is a turn uphill at a Y. Make sure you continue uphill and stay on FS 563. If you went straight, it turns into FS 503 and is clearly marked, which is the top half of Jackson Creek and will also intersect with Rampart Range Road, a few miles north of the beginning of Long Hollow Road. This trail can be a bit crowded, so be on the lookout for traffic from dirt bikes, ATVs, and other vehicles. There are seasonal closures from December 1st to May 1st of each year.

Trail Reviews

4.3/5 (69 reviews)
Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/01/2022

According to the MVUM, this trail has closed for the year.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

First time out off roading! Nice easy and pleasant trail exactly as advertised. Not much traffic - maybe 10 vehicles for entire back and forth trip. Great for beginner like me. Some nice views. A bit of snow on the ground, touch icy in some places. 4 stars only because I’d like to save 5 stars for amazing trails (else I **** we will end up with 4.9 rating for everything!).
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

One of our favorite go-to trails for our stock 2002 Sequoia 4WD. Light snow but not too slippery (aired down to 20 psi just to be safe) with temps in the high 30s. Agree that this is probably 1+ or 2- but we have seen plenty of stock AWD vehicles (and, once upon a time, a Saab - the woman was wearing driving gloves, it was awesome!), even in the snow. It usually closes December 1 so get your last runs in!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/01/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Ran this trail as the last trail of the day before heading home. This trail was not hard, but based of the rating found it to be a bit rougher then expected. It was a fun trail to drive. I would rate this trail as a 2 rating not due to being a bit rougher and bumper. To me Rampart Range would be a 1 rating...a flat or washboard dirt road.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/09/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Good option for alternate access to Rampart Range Road. Steep upper portion (around the driveways for the hillside homes) was being graded. Otherwise encountered no other traffic on a late Tuesday morning. Great views, especially at Waypoint 3 (Rock "Obstacle"). The Balancing Rock (Waypoint 4) really is an impressive sight to see. Passable by any high clearance vehicle (that isn't too long), though having 4WD/AWD is probably recommended for traction at certain steep points. Long wheelbase rigs (e.g., 6.5–8' long-bed, full-size pickups) could have issues with the tight turns and break-over at some points.
Trail Review: Dakan Road - Scott Bram
Trail Review: Dakan Road - Scott Bram
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