The Pikes Peak region has premier quality motorized trails. Trails range from easy site seeing to hard core four-wheel drive where special equipment is required and everything in between. Many trailheads are an easy hour or two drive from Colorado Springs with spectacular views along the way. Most full-size trails are open to all motorized and non-motorized vehicle use. Other trails 50″ wide or less are open to motorized and non-motorized vehicle use of any type 50″ wide or narrower vehicles. As a rule for mountain driving the vehicle coming uphill has the right of way.
Before You Get Started
All vehicles must have current license plates or OHV sticker. OHV stickers are available at any Motorcycle/ATV dealer and Colorado Parks and Wildlife office. Funds from OHV stickers go towards keeping trails open.
When traveling in Colorado's remote areas it is good practice to travel with other vehicles in case of a break down. Weather can be unpredictable and trail conditions can change without notice. Hypothermia is a real concern with changing wet conditions. Cell phone coverage is spotty at best in the mountains.
Check out the Trail Tips and Etiquette for OHV recreation at Stay the Trails HERE.
Where to Go
This old rail bed leads from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek. The rail grade makes it a fairly gradual climb through the mountains and some beautiful terrain. You'll go through multiple tunnels so bring a light if you're afraid of the dark. After you've had enough riding, turn around for the quick descent back to the parking lot. About the first 10 miles of the road is closed to vehicular traffic (except dirt bikes, ATVs, etc.) but the rest shares the road with cars. If you're a wuss you can shuttle vehicles to make this an all downhill ride. Several trails diverge from this road as well.
Mount Herman Road, Monument, CO
Near Monument | 11 Miles | Easy | 9,150 Feet Mount Herman Road is an excellent way to get up to Rampart Range Road from the I-25 corridor. There are awesome views of the valley and beyond to Monument on the way up the winding dirt trail. Be sure to check out some of the […]
The Rampart Range Recreation Area provides a unique setting for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts to enjoy a variety of riding experiences. From intermediate to expert riders, ATV or motorcycle, the Rampart has something for everyone. Please make sure you are prepared and ride within your abilities. Changing conditions, natural hazards, as well as oncoming traffic […]
Texas Creek, CO 81223
Near Canyon City | 45 Miles | Moderate | 6,200-9,000 Ft | Trail System This remote area has around 45 miles of marked trails that range from easy 4×4 roads to narrow and rocky ATV trails with sharp switchbacks. At lower elevations the trails wind through a mix of various scrub brush, juniper and […]
Trail Information and Maps
Funtreks Guide books are the most complete books available for full-size four-wheel drive vehicle, motorcycles and ATV trails. These books are available at many motorized and non-motorized retailers, gas stations, and bookstores. Business that support motorized recreation listed above. The US Forest Service has forest maps available for a fee and MVUM (motor vehicle use map) maps at no cost. Woodland Park Chamber has local trail maps for Rainbow Falls/Divide trails.
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