Dirt Biking

In the Pikes Peak Region

The Pikes Peak area offers a range of recreational opportunities for dirt bike enthusiasts, whether with or without legal license plates (See Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s OHV registration/permit requirements). Motorcycle riders can explore numerous single-track trails in the USFS South Platte and San Carlos Ranger Districts, while the Pikes Peak and South Park Ranger Districts offer limited options. For those looking to explore the Rainbow Falls, North Divide and South Rampart Range Recreation areas of the Pikes Peak Ranger District, the City of Woodland Park is the perfect gateway. Situated just 25 miles west of Colorado Springs along US Highway 24, this area boasts over 495 miles of trails and roads for dirt bikes, ATVs, UTVs, and full-size 4WD vehicles. With diverse landscapes, challenging terrain, and abundant wildlife, this area provides a range of outdoor experiences.

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Getting Started

To get started with dirt biking in the Pikes Peak Region, it’s essential to have the necessary equipment and skills. First, ensure you have a suitable dirt bike that is properly maintained and in good working condition. Familiarize yourself with the local regulations and trail systems, and obtain any required permits or passes. Consider taking a dirt bike riding course or hiring a local guide who can provide instruction and help you navigate the area’s trails safely. Start with beginner-friendly trails and gradually progress as your skills and confidence improve. Always prioritize safety by wearing appropriate protective gear, such as a helmet, goggles, gloves, long pants, and sturdy boots. Remember to respect the natural environment and follow any trail etiquette guidelines to preserve the trails for future riders.

Pro Tip

Maintain a proper body position and weight distribution on the bike to maximize control and stability while navigating challenging terrain.


Be Prepared

To best prepare for dirt biking, ensure you have the necessary safety gear, familiarize yourself with the trail systems and regulations, maintain your bike in good condition, and practice your riding skills regularly.

Be aware of your surroundings, make sure to PIPE DOWN!


Be sure to pack
  • DOT Approved Helmet
  • Riding Apparel
  • Tools
  • Water
  • Navigation Tools
  • First Aid Kit
  • Extra Clothes and Rain Gear


Outdoor Ethics for Dirt 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 www.LNT.org.

  • 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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