Adventure Biking

In the Pikes Peak Region

The Pikes Peak area abounds with opportunities for Adventure motorcyclists. Whether traveling for a day trip, a cross country trip or an Around the World adventure, there are boundless roads to explore and experience. Opportunities include endless miles of dirt roads through the Foothills and Rocky Mountains or paved roads to the likes of the top of Pikes Peak. Adventure routes can connect riders north to south, east to west or just about anywhere in between. Networks of USFS roads and/or rural County roads provide a plethora of routes and opportunities.

Getting Started

To get started with adventure biking in the Pikes Peak Region, begin by acquiring a suitable adventure bike designed for off-road riding. Familiarize yourself with the region’s trails and routes by researching maps, guidebooks, and online resources. Develop your off-road riding skills and knowledge by practicing in controlled environments and seeking guidance from experienced adventure bikers. Gear up with proper riding equipment and consider starting with shorter rides to build confidence and assess your endurance level. Always prioritize safety, respect trail regulations, and be mindful of the environment to ensure a fulfilling and responsible adventure biking experience in the Pikes Peak Region.

Pro Tip

Helmets: Although helmets are proven to save lives, riders age 18 and over are not required to wear helmets in Colorado. However, if the motorcycle operator or passengers are under age 18, they must wear DOT-approved helmets.

Be Prepared

All motorcycles must have a USFS approved spark arrestor. All motorcycles must meet the State of Colorado OHV Sound Law, which can not exceed 96 dB. All motorcycles that display a valid Colorado or out-of-state license plate must also display a current Colorado OHV use permit when operated on designated OHV trails in Colorado. The current registration or Permit fee is $25.25 and is valid April 1 through March 31. OHV registration permits can be purchased at Colorado Parks and Wildlife Service Centers or online.

Be sure to pack
  • Helmet
  • Riding gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Repair Tools
  • Navigation and Safety Equipment
  • Water
  • First Aid Kit
  • Emergency Essentials

Outdoor Ethics for Adventure Biking

The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are reprinted with the permission of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. For more information, visit

  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
  • Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups.
  • Repackage food to minimize waste.
  • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.
  • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
  • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.

Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.

In popular areas

  • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
  • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
  • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.

In pristine areas

  • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
  • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.
  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished.
  • Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.

To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.

  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
  • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
  • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
  • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

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Guided Adventures

Featured Places to Explore

Curated trails & experiences

Shelf Road to Phantom Canyon Loop

Talk about scenic views! This loop will take you through the Pikes Peak region’s rural communities

Shelf Road

Shelf Road is the most adventurous and rugged drive on the Gold Belt Scenic Byway, crossing over limestone cliffs with twists and turns through the area.…

Ring the Peak Trail

This ambitious project aims to create a complete loop around Pikes Peak, offering a diverse range of terrains, from smooth gravel roads to technical singletrack sections,…
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Gold Camp Road

This historic route offers a mix of gravel and dirt roads, providing a scenic and adventurous ride through the forests and mountains of the region.

Rampart Range Road

The Rampart Range Recreation Area provides a unique setting for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts to enjoy a variety of riding experiences.
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