Rampart Range General Information


Who We Are Information about the Rampart Range Motorcycle Management Committee.
Donations How you can directly contribute to maintaining the area.
Directions How to get to the Rampart Range Motorized Recreation Area.
OHV Registration What you need to know about registering your OHV before you come to Rampart.
Sound Limits Information about sound issues and how to keep your bike or ATV quiet.
Safety Considerations Tips for safely enjoying your OHV trip.
Tuning Information Some brief info about altitude considerations and tuning.
Camping Information about area campgrounds.
Picnic Areas Information about picnic areas.
Parking Locations and descriptions of parking areas at Rampart.
Local Services Local businesses and emergency information just in case.
 

Who We Are

The Rampart Range Motorcycle Management Committee, in combination with the US Forest Service, helps maintain and manage a section of the Pike National Forest for dirtbike and ATV enthusiasts. The Rampart Range riding area is located approximately 35 miles southwest of Denver and is open to off-road motorized recreation such as motorcycles and ATV's under 50" width. The trails are designated for use at the entrances. Trail maps are available for the Rampart Range area and can be purchased through local Denver area motorcycle dealerships, at the Sprucewood Inn on Highway 67, or by contacting us directly.

Funding for the maintenance of the Rampart Range trails comes from your OHV registration dollars, fund raisers such as our semi-annual Poker Runs, map sales, t-shirt sales, etc. We also rely on the efforts of volunteers through our work parties.

If you are at all concerned about your access to and use of public lands in general and the Rampart Range area in particular, you need to make your concerns heard. Take part in the preservation of the area for off-road motorcycle and ATV use by coming to a meeting of the RRMMC and by taking part in our volunteer work parties and Poker Run events in the summer. See more information on the About Rampart page.

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Donations Welcome!

Please help support future projects and maintenance. Your donation dollars help us to provide important services for dirtbike and ATV use. All donations made into the tube near the intersection of Rampart Range Road and Highway 67 stay in the district, and are used in our ongoing commitment to providing you a sustainable, quality recreation experience.

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Directions to Rampart Range Recreation Area

From Denver, take Santa Fe (Highway 85) south to Sedalia, or from Castle Rock, take Highway 85 north to Sedalia. From Sedalia, take Highway 67 west approximately ten miles to Rampart Range Road. It is at the top of a hill and is well marked. Use caution as there is limited visibility of oncoming traffic. To the north is the Forest Service Indian Creek Work Center. Turn south on Rampart Range Road to access the OHV trails. The road begins here and runs south all the way to Colorado Springs. There are several parking and camping areas all along the way. Note that Rampart Range Road is not open to unlicensed vehicles. The Powerline (#690) and beginner trails (#627) parallel the road most of the way and can be used to get from one area to another if your bike is not licensed.

If you continue past Rampart Range road on Highway 67 about three miles you will come to the Sprucewood Inn. There is another small parking area just south of there with access to some of the more difficult trails. You can check in at the Sprucewood for trail maps, directions and some refreshment.

Persons approaching from the south may take Rampart Range Road from Woodland Park, or Highway 67 from Deckers.

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OHV Vehicle Registration

Note: The information below reflects changes which went in to effect April 1, 2008.

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Sound Limits

The biggest obstacle to off road motorcycling today is sound. Plain and simple, the general public doesn't like to hear us. Even off-road enthusiasts can get annoyed at the sound of a loud bike. How do you think local landowners feel when they have to hear the constant drone of dirt bikes - even when they are miles away!

The environmental extremists can say all they want about resource damage, erosion, wildlife habitats, you name it, and most can be dealt with in a reasonable manner. But the one thing we can't argue about is noise. If dirt bikes were silent, the general public probably wouldn't even know (or care) that we exist. We would undoubtedly have much less resistance to riding in a much broader range of areas.

But we aren't silent, and many riders compound the problem by putting aftermarket pipes on their bikes that increase noise levels even more. If you read the magazines, you've probably looked at the tests for exhaust systems. Have you ever paid attention to the sound levels in those tests? Some of them are outrageous! Now look at the horsepower ratings...not much difference from the highest to the lowest. Maybe a 1 or 2 horsepower difference...and the strongest pipe isn't necessarily the loudest.

If you're a top-level rider in closed-course competition, maybe that miniscule gain might help you a little if the competition is so close that every millisecond counts...but out in the woods, even with an experienced rider, you probably won't even notice.

There are no races held at Rampart. Minor horsepower gains are not worth the cost in noise and potentially losing our riding areas. The only benefit will be to the opposition that wants to shut us down.

Many states as well as the AMA are adopting a noise limit of 96db. If you don't think your bike can meet this limit, you may want to consider adding a silencer. As of July 1, 2010, the 96db limit is now enforceable in Colorado and you may receive a ticket if you are over. The RRMMC in conjunction with the Forest Service now conducts voluntary sound checks at the Poker Run events so riders can find out of they are in compliance. In addition, free sound testing is offered at any of the Stay The Trail traveling exhibits.

There are a couple of good "Sound Advice" articles on Dirt Rider's website here and here that cover important information about the sound issue. Another good reference on how sound tests are performed is available on ThumperTalk. For an excellent story that puts the problem in to some perspective, read this article on sharetrails.org.

If you ride a 2-stroke, there is a product on the market called the dB Snorkel which claims to quiet 2stroke exhaust noise considerably with only a nominal loss in power.

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Tuning Information

The trails at Rampart vary in elevation from about 7500' to 9500'. If you are coming from a lower altitude, you may need to rejet your carburetor for optimal performance. In general, the higher the altitude, the more you need to lean the fuel mixture to compensate for the thinner atmosphere. There are several good places on the internet with information on how to properly jet your machine. One good one is here at 4strokes.com.

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Safety Considerations

Dirt biking (or any form of motorized recreation) can be dangerous. There is always the potential for injury, dismemberment, death and all sorts of ugly things that most people don't want to have happen to them. At any given time, there could be obstacles like trees, rocks, sharp pointy objects, other dirt bikes, ATVs, small children, bears, old ladies, trucks, brick walls, steep hills, deep holes, or just about any other unexpected thing around that next bend, over the next rise, or falling from the sky. That's part of life. Keep that in mind and take responsibility for your own safety, including the potential for somebody else to make a mistake. If you aren't willing to accept these risks for yourself, then don't get in to the sport and certainly stay away from the rest of us. If you get hurt, it's not our fault. You can't say we didn't warn you.

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Camping

Note: All campgrounds are managed by the US Forest Service. RRMMC has no involvement with camping facilities or regulations. Information provided here is for the convenience of our visitors and may not be up to date with current conditions. We recommend contacting the Forest Service for direct questions regarding camping on public lands.

Camping on the Rampart Range comes in several forms. The developed campgrounds at Indian Creek, Flat Rocks, Devil’s Head, and Jackson Creek provide restrooms, drinking water, graded sites, as well as trash service. Besides the developed campgrounds, the Rampart provides dozens of undeveloped, dispersed campsites, too.

We also ask that you consider the following:

For the most up to date information, visit the Forest Service Camping Information website. For reservations or questions, contact the Forest Service directly.

Indian Creek

Approximately ½ mile south of Rampart Range Road on Highway 67. Popular with horseback riders, however you can pick up trail 690 right across highway 67 from the campground entrance. $16/night or $4 for day use. 11 campsites, vault toilets, drinking water, tables and fire rings available. 20' max RV length. Open May-September.

Site maps: page 1, page 2  (linked from the Forest Service website)

Flat Rocks
FLTRCKCG (N39° 19.665' W105° 5.563')

Approximately 4½ miles south of Highway 67 on Rampart Range Road. Open May-September. 20 campsites with tables and fire rings, water, pit toilets. $14 per night or $4 for day use. 20' maximum RV length. There is access to several trails near the entrance. Note that there is no longer a trail connection in the campground itself, so there is no need to ride in there looking for it. The reroute is to the north of the campground entrance off of trail 690.

Note that this entire campground is reserved by special permit during Poker Run weekends for use by event staff, and is therefore not available for public camping during that time. The Poker Run usually happens in early June and mid September. See the events calendar for the exact dates if you are thinking of heading up around that time to make sure you won't be displaced.

Site maps: page 1, page 2  (linked from the Forest Service website)

Dutch Fred
DUTFRDCG (N39° 17.458' W105° 5.597')

Approximately 7 miles south of Highway 67 on Rampart Range Road. Upper loop has 6 sites, pit toilets, fire rings, tables. There is also a "Kiddy Corral" and "Lightfoot's Loop" beginner areas near the campground making it popular with young families. Lower loop in Dutch Fred Gulch has 5 spaces, fire rings, no toilets or tables. No camping fee. Open May-September.

Devil's Head
DEVHEDCG (N39° 16.522' W105° 6.456')

Approximately 8¾ miles south of Highway 67 on Rampart Range Road. Open May-September. 21 campsites with fire rings, tables, water and pit toilets. 22' max RV length. $14 per night or $4 for day use. Access to the popular Devils Head hiking trail is from this campground.

Site maps: overview, page 1, page 2, page 3   (linked from the Forest Service website)

Jackson Creek
JACKCRCG (N39° 15.151' W105° 5.269')

Note: As of June, 2007, Jackson Creek campground has not been opened for the season and may not open at all this year. Be sure to contact the Forest Service for the most up information if you plan to stay there.

Approximately 13½ miles south of Highway 67 on Rampart Range Road to Jackson Creek Road (FR 502), then east approx 1½ miles to the campground. 9 campsites with fire rings and tables. Hand pumped water, vault toilet. Large trailers and RVs may have difficulty due to rough, narrow (4WD) road conditions and are not recommended. $13 per night or $4 for day use.

Site map: page 1  (linked from the Forest Service website)

Dispersed Camping

Dispersed camping is permitted at many of the cabled off areas along Rampart Range Road and Jackson Creek Road. There is no charge to camp in these areas, but there are also no facilities. Please try to minimize impact on the area and stick to established sites and use existing fire rings. Remember to pack out your trash.

Showers

None of the campgrounds provide showers, however the Sprucewood Inn does have a "rent a shower" service for those that may wish to get cleaned up every once in a while. Contact them directly for more information.

Hookups/Dumps

None of the campgrounds provide hookup or dump services.

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Picnic Areas

Developed picnic areas Cabin Ridge, Topaz Point and Devils Head have tables, restrooms, & spectacular views of the Continental Divide. Each requires a day use fee of $4 per day. Camping is not permitted in the picnic areas.

Cabin Ridge (N39° 16.775' W105° 6.353')

Approximately 8.4 miles from Rampart Range Road and Highway 67. Elevation 8200'. 6 picnic units. Facilities include: tables, fire rings and vault toilet. (no water)

Topaz Point (N39° 15.521' W105° 7.004')

Approximately 10.8 miles from Rampart Range Road and Highway 67. There are 10 picnic units at an elevation of about 8700'. Facilities include: tables, vault toilets and fire rings. There is a great scenic overlook 1/8 mile above the parking area.

Devils Head (N39° 16.522' W105° 6.456')

Approximately 8¾ miles south of Highway 67 on Rampart Range Road. 5 picnic units and an elevation of 8700’. Facilities include: water, tables, vault toilets and fire rings. Take a hike up to the Devil's Head Lookout Tower to see the panoramic views.

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Parking Areas

There are numerous parking areas all along Rampart Range Road. Most are clearly designated with post and cable fencing and parking signs. Below are some of the parking areas which contain additional facilities.

GPS Coordinates Mileage1 Waypoint2 Facilities
N39° 21.813'
W105° 4.908'
1.6 RRPARK07 Loading ramp
N39° 21.480'
W105° 4.723'
1.8 RRPARK09 Trailhead for trail 686 (Garber)
N39° 20.507'
W105° 4.933'
2.8 RRPARK15 Loading ramp, vault toilet, trailhead for trail 688 (Beaver)
N39° 20.463'
W105° 4.882'
3.3 RRPARK17 Loading ramp, trail head for trail 686 (Garber)
N39° 19.899'
W105° 5.320'
4.2 RRPARK22 Trail head for trail 673 (Bar)
N39° 19.651'
W105° 5.214'
4.5 FLTRCKCG Flat Rocks campground, vault toilets
N39° 19.573'
W105° 5.110'
4.6 FLTRCKOL Flat Rocks overlook, kiddy track, trailhead for trail 682 (Overlook)
N39° 17.613'
W105° 5.523'
7.1 RRPARK37 Trail head for trail 657 (Gramps)
N39° 20.463'
W105° 4.882'
7.3 DUTFRDCG Dutch Fred campground and Dutch Fred Gulch. Vault toilets, Kiddy Corral, Lightfoot's Loop, trailhead for trail 681 (Scotty's)
N39° 16.898'
W105° 6.236'
8.1 RRPARK40 Trail head for trail 675 (Cabin Ridge)
N39° 16.775'
W105° 6.353'
8.4 CABRDGPG Cabin Ridge Picnic Area (no camping), vault toilets
N39° 16.601'
W105° 6.553'
8.7 RRPARK41 Trailhead for trial 690 (Powerline)
N39° 16.524'
W105° 6.461'
8.8 DEVHEDCG Devils Head Campground, trail to fire lookout tower
N39° 15.521'
W105° 7.004'
10.8 TOPAZPPG Topaz Point Picnic Area, vault toilet
N39° 15.145'
W105° 7.064'
11.3 RRPARK42 Trailhead for trail 677 (Log Jumper)
N39° 14.249'
W105° 6.521'
12.5 RRPARK44 Trail head for trail 649 (Trout Creek)
N39° 13.988'
W105° 5.748'
13.5 JACKCRRD Jackson Creek Road
N39° 15.151'
W105° 5.269'
15 (1.5) JACKCRCG Jackson Creek Campground. Vault toilets, hand pump water. May be closed, see Camping information.

1 Approximate mileage from intersection of Highway 67 and Rampart Range Road.
2 Download these waypoints, as well as others here.

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Local Services

Telephone

There is a pay phone at the intersection of Rampart Range Road and Highway 67. (N39° 22.637' W105° 5.614')
Note: the emergency phone at the intersection of Rampart Range Road and Rim Road has been removed.

Cellular service is sketchy at most campgrounds and on the trails. You may be able to get a signal on some high areas, but don't count on cellular phones as a primary means of communication.

Emergency Services
Search and Rescue, Ambulance, or Sheriff (303) 660-7500 or 911
To Report Wildland Fires (800) 524-FIRE
Acute Injury & Illness Center of Highlands Ranch
9330 S. University Blvd
(303) 683-9393
Centura Health Urgent Care
8246 W. Bowles
(303) 932-7603
Littleton Adventist Hospital
7700 S. Broadway, Littleton
(303) 730-8900
Sky Ridge Medical Center
10101 RidgeGate Parkway, Lone Tree
(720) 225-1000
South Platte Ranger District
19316 Goddard Ranch Court (on US 285)
Morrison
(303) 275-5610

Restaurants

Sprucewood Inn  (N39° 20.9541' W105° 7.2563')
491 S Highway 67, Sedalia, CO
(West Pine Creek Road and Highway 67)
(303) 688-3231
Burgers, pizza, beverages, trail maps, t-shirts, showers and some limited parts. (no fries)

Bugling Bull Trading Post  (N39° 23.0211' W105° 4.3159')
1668 North Highway 67
(303) 688-9701
Convenience store, also serves BBQ on some occasions.

Lodging

There are several hotels available in nearby Castle Rock, about 15 minutes south of Sedalia on Highway 85. Most are within 30-40 minutes of the trails.

Dirt Bike and ATV Rentals

Extreme Rentals
5741 W 6th Ave ( frontage road )
Lakewood CO 80214

Sports Rent
8761 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80005

L2 Motorcycle and ATV Rentals, Inc.
2553 S. Colorado Blvd. #109
Denver, CO 80222

Gas

Jarre Mart  (N39° 26.2678' W104° 57.7105')
1 block S of Highway 85 on Highway 67
5466 Manhart St, Sedalia, CO
(303) 688-8555

Beeman's Gas and Grocery
Near intersection of Highway 85 and Highway 67
5587 Highway 85, Sedalia , CO
(303) 688-4053

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