Rampart Range Road

3.8/5 (77 reviews)
Colorado Springs, Colorado (Douglas County)
Last Updated: 04/29/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Those looking for an accessible introduction to the Colorado Front Range will find it in this road built in the 1930s. The well-known and relatively well-maintained trail runs through 60 miles of Pike National Forest. Rampart Range isn't just a road name either, it's the name of the Front Range south of US 85, and this road runs almost the entire length of the mountain range. The southern end has the most to see in terms of views and is the smoother portion of the drive. There are many turnoffs, large parking areas, and small pull-offs where you can stop to take pictures on the Garden of the Gods end of the trail. The views of Pike’s Peak from this end of the trail are amazing. 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 used to be two marker stones, but one has been damaged and is gone except for its quartz base. The marker stone that is still intact indicates its opening and completion, 1933. Nowadays, this unique piece of Colorado history connects counties, trails, and off-roaders. While most people get a chance to ride Rampart Range on their way to somewhere else, it's worth stopping to take in this trail on its own.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

This 60-mile long and relatively wide road is graded dirt all the way through and is easy enough for most vehicles, though beware of the washboards. 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. Rampart Range Road runs ‘officially’ from South to North, and the GPX is tracked that way. It can be run both ways depending on your preference or destination. There are no obstacles along the way, but we have noted places of interest and some of the more complex intersections of roads and trails.
There is a lot of bike and ATV traffic on the northern end of the trail. There is considerable traffic on this trail at times.

Trail Reviews

3.8/5 (77 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 07/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This road has heavy traffic at the beginning of the route, above Garden of the Gods. Traffic is less the further north you go, but picks up again when you cross over to where OHVs are allowed. Be aware of speedy ATVs around bends at the northern end of the track. Overall it’s a good road for a leisure 56 mile non technical drive if going the entirety of the route.
Trail Review: Rampart Range Road - Tim N.
Trail Review: Rampart Range Road - Tim N.
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Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 06/11/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I just moved to Colorado Springs and ran this trail from south to north to get familiar with the area. The views start out incredible and then it becomes more of a drive through the forest with limited visibility. The highlight is definitely Rampart reservoir. It is very accessible. We saw several two wheel drive cars along the trail. After getting passed the reservoir the views aren't as good. There is an area where lots of people were doing target practice. The washboards weren't terrible, but definitely noticeable. We were running 30 psi in our tires and probably would have been more comfortable airing down a bit more. Overall it was a good trail to get familiar with the area. I plan to come back and hit some of the trails that branch off of this trail.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The late snow provided for some fun challenges! I found the trail spot on, met several fellow 4-wheelers, saw 3 nice mule deer along the way and the views (when I could see thru the heavy snow) were simply incredible to me!
Simon
1300
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

RAMPART IS OPEN BABY!!! While the main road is nothing fancy she still boasts great views. please be respectful of speed limits especially in the bends as this road is a very popular day trip and connector road. Cheers!
JD Marshall
Official Crew
101150
Status: Open
Visited: 04/29/2022

Gates are open early this year! Enjoy and Stay The Trail!

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