Poker Runs

It takes a lot of donuts to feed a Poker Run. Spring 2005. Photo courtesy Mike Cussins.
It takes a lot of donuts to feed a Poker Run. Spring 2005.
Photo courtesy Mike Cussins.

Twice a year the Rampart Range Motorcycle Management Committee sponsors a non-competitive Poker Run for off-road motorcycles (no ATV's) and riders of all ages. There is a short course (approximately 15-25 miles) and a long course (approximately 50-55 miles). Riders of all abilities are welcome. Prizes are awarded on the basis of the poker hand you draw at the final check point. This is a non-competitive event and the 5 prizes awarded for each course are based on your luck in drawing one of the five highest winning poker hands consisting of five (short course) or seven (long course) total cards. The entry fee includes a gourmet meal of hot dogs and soft drinks. Serving begins at 12:00 noon. Prizes are awarded after the event is over, however you don't have to stay to claim your prize. Those who stay around for the awards will also gain a chance at several door prizes donated by local dealerships and organizations. Monies raised from these events will help to maintain the Rampart Range area for all users.

 

EVENT DATES

See the event calendar to find out upcoming dates for the event.

REGISTRATION FORMS

NEW! Save time and money, and enjoy the convienience of paying by credit card! You can now register for Poker Run events online!

Our permit limits us to the first 600 riders, therefore we highly recommend pre-registration by mail or online. If you have attended one of our events in the recent past, we'll mail you a flyer approximately one month before the event. Registration forms are also available at local dealerships, or you can download and print your own PDF registration form by clicking the link. (Flyers are available online approximately 30 days prior to the event. If the link doesn't work, check back later.)

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR MINOR PARTICIPANTS AND PARENTS: Due to requirements imposed by our insurance carrier, all minors (children under the age of 18) MUST have a waiver form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in any Rampart Range Poker Run event. Parents or guardians who attend with their minor child will be required to sign the waiver form at event registration, in the presence of event staff. A photo ID will be required.

If a minor is being supervised by an adult who is not their parent or legal guardian, then they must bring the wavier form signed and notarized by their parent or legal guardian with them to registration. Use this link to download the minor waiver form. Please note that the form MUST be printed IN COLOR (red heading) to be valid. If you cannot print color, please contact us for a copy.

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REGISTRATION FEE

Over 12 pre-registration by mail or online (Save $5!)    $25.00
Over 12 registration at Rampart the day of the event    $30.00
12 and under pre-registration by mail or online (Save $3!)    $7.00
12 and under registration at Rampart the day of the event    $10.00
Additional poker hands *      $5.00

* You can now increase your chances by purchasing additional hands. Each paid hand lets you draw another set of cards (5 for short, 7 for long) and you are eligible to win place prizes on that hand as well. Note that cards CANNOT be combined between multiple hands to make a better hand. In addition, starting in 2016 we are offering an additional cash prize for the highest extra hand purchased, independent of other prizes. You must be present at the awards to win the additional hand prize. Unclaimed additional hand prizes will be carried forward to the next Poker Run event and added to the pot.

Note New Procedure: All riders will be required to sign a RELEASE WAVIER during check in on the morning of the event. The waiver will be required whether you pre-register or not. Parent or guardian must sign for minors under the age of 18.

You can still pre-register to save some time and money. Pre-registration forms must be received by RRMMC no later than 5:00pm on Saturday, one week prior to the event, in order to be eligible to run in the event at the pre-registration fee rate. Online registration is open through the Monday before the event.

Busy checkpoint, Fall 2003. Photo courtesy Steve York.
Busy checkpoint, Fall 2003.
Photo courtesy Steve York.

A portion of the proceeds are donated to support the Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO)

EVENTS/AWARDS AGENDA

The event starting time is 9:00am to 11:00am. The last check closes at 3:00pm. All cards must be turned in by 3:30pm. Prizes will be awarded beginning at 4:00pm.

LOCATION

Flat Rocks campground and Rampart Range Road, approximately 4˝ miles south on Rampart Range Road off of Route #67 west of Sedalia, CO.

All the right gear, ready for the next check. Fall 2003. Photo courtesy Steve York.
All the right gear, ready for the next check. Fall 2003. Photo courtesy Steve York.

SAFETY GEAR

All participants MUST have a helmet, eye protection, and suitable footwear. Proper safety gear including hand protection, pads, etc, is also highly recommended. To avoid dehydration, it is recommended that you bring drinking water and possibly energy bars or a similar snack.

SPARK ARRESTORS

To be eligible to participate in this event, ALL bikes will be required to have a Forest Service approved spark arrestor. The Forest Service will be conducting spark arrestor checks on the day of the event.

NOISE LIMITS

Although noise limits and sound levels are not being checked or enforced at the current time, in the near future noise limits will be enforced. Excessive noise is the biggest threat to all of our riding areas. Please be considerate with your choice of pipes when operating outside of a closed source. Effective July 1st, 2010 a 96db noise limit law goes in to effect in Colorado. We offer free testing at the events so you can find out if you are in compliance.

ROUTE

The short course is approximately 15-25 miles and shares the same route as the first half of the long course. The long course continues on to a total of approximately 50–55 miles. This allows families to complete the short course together, then the more ambitious riders continue on the long course while the others relax with hot dogs and soft drinks. There are prizes for both courses. New for 2014: The short course will have a “kiddie cutoff” available approximately half way through the short course for the younger or less experienced riders.
For easy navigation the route will be well marked with bright colored arrows. Examples can be found below on this page. Maps highlighting the route will be displayed in the event registration area to show an overview of the trails being used. Trail maps may be purchased at registration the day of the event or from local dealers ahead of time. Note that the trails are not closed to the public during the event. As always, it is possible to encounter TWO-WAY, ATV, horse, or foot traffic on any of the trails at any time. Please use caution and keep your speeds reasonable and safe. It is NOT a race!

Check worker marks a card. Fall 2004. Photo courtesy Steve York.
Check worker marks a card.
Fall 2004.
Photo courtesy Steve York.

CHECK POINTS

There are typically 5 or 7 checkpoints along the course, depending on whether you choose the short or long course. At each checkpoint, you will get a mark on your card to indicate you visited the check. The final checkpoint is the end of the ride, back at registration. There you will draw a playing card for each checkpoint you have visited to determine your poker hand. The highest poker hands for short and long courses win the event. This event is NOT a race! It is NOT necessary to speed in to or out of any check point! Doing so is very hazardous to volunteers manning check points. Riders showing discourteous or dangerous behavior may be disqualified.

CONDUCT

The Poker Run is an organized trail ride, not a race. If you are being overtaken by a faster rider, please pull over when safe to do so and allow faster riders to pass. If you overtake a rider, please pass safely and courteously. Remember you will be sharing the trail with novices and children. Control your speed! A participant may be disqualified from this event for any unsportsmanlike conduct, illegal activity, or failure to abide by any of the conditions or rules of the event at the discretion of the RRMMC.

RAMPART RANGE ROAD

Rampart Range Road is CLOSED to all non-licensed vehicles. Do not ride on the roads unless you and your vehicle both possess a valid license and insurance.

PARKING

Parking on Rampart Range Road is prohibited. Please use the designated parking areas all along Rampart Range Road.

CAMPING

Camping is on a first come, first served basis. There are several dispersed campsites all along Rampart Range Road, as well as the Dutch Fred and Devils Head campgrounds. Note that the Flat Rocks campground is reserved for registration and event staff and will be closed to the public for the weekend of the event.

PHOTOS

Most events are photographed by MotoRidePhoto of Castle Rock, CO. Contact information is provided on their website. Proofs are usually available online within a week or two after the event and you will have the opportunity to purchase them directly from MotoRidePhoto. If you don't receive an email and don't get anything in the mail, it might be because your rider number was unreadable. Check out their web site to view unidentified riders and see if you're there.

Note: Photos for events prior to 2010 were taken by Photoman of Salida, CO. Photoman maintains an archive of images from past events which you can still order from. Contact them directly for more information.

Door prizes and awards at Flat Rocks. Spring 2004. Photo courtesy Steve York.
Door prizes and awards at Flat Rocks.
Spring 2004. Photo courtesy Steve York.

ADDITIONAL HANDS

Additional poker hands may be purchased during pre-registration, during late registration, or any time before turning in your score card. In order to purchase additional hands, you must present your original rider scorecard and rider number. You will be presented a special additional score card for your rider number which can then be presented at the final checkpoint along with your original score card to draw an additional hand. If an additional hand wins, the prize will be awarded to the rider registered on the original card. Hands cannot be combined to create a better hand.

PRIZES

The prizes listed below will be awarded at the end of the event. Winning cards must be turned in by 3:30pm on the day of the event to be eligible. Winners need not be present to claim their prize, so please make sure you include a proper name, address and phone number on your card if you have a potential winner.

If you'd like to stick around, the award ceremony starts at 4:00pm. All riders who turn their score card, winning or not, can also receive a ticket to enter the drawing for door prizes. There are usually lots of prizes to give a way, and sometimes they are even bigger than the awards! Be sure and thank all of our sponsors for their generous support. You must be present to claim door prizes.

 


Poker Run Prizes and Sponsors

Long Course
Short Course
1st Place
$400.00 gift certificate
Courtesy of: Fay Myers Motorcycle World
1st Place
$325.00 gift certificate
Courtesy of: Sun Enterprises
2nd Place
$325.00 gift certificate
Courtesy of: Vickery Motorsports
2nd Place
$250.00 gift certificate
Courtesy of: Let It Ride
3rd Place 
$250.00 gift certificate
Courtesy of: G-Force Powersports
3rd Place 
$175.00 gift certificate
Courtesy of: RPM Motorsports
4th Place
$175.00 gift certificate
Courtesy of: Performance Cycle of Colorado
4th Place
$125.00 gift certificate
Courtesy of: Sprucewood Inn
5th Place
$125.00 gift certificate
Courtesy of: Grand Prix Motorsports
5th Place
$75.00 gift certificate
Courtesy of: Rocky Mountain Kawasaki

New for 2016! $250 Cash prize will be awarded to the highest Extra Hand*, courtesy of RRMMC

Special thanks to ARES District 24 for their assistance with emergency communications during the event.

Rampart Range Motorcycle Management Committee is an equal opportunity service provider and a permittee of the Pike National Forest.


Markings used during the Poker Run

The following signs and symbols are used throughout the poker run to designate the course. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with them to avoid confusion on the trail.

Single brightly colored arrow indicates the direction the course goes. Turn at this intersection to stay on course. Style and color of arrows may vary.

Two arrows one above the other means sharp turn at this intersection. Usually some sort of switchback. Watch for other arrows and W's at intersections with lots of trail connections.
One arrow pointing up means continue on trail.

Up and down arrows pointing at each other signifies danger ahead. In some cases there may be two of each together to gather more attention. Usually used near road crossings or checkpoints. Could also indicate a dangerous section of trail which needs to be approached with caution. Slow down for safety.
Wrong way. Don't go this way or you'll be off course.
Stop signs are used at most road crossings during the Poker Run only. In most cases they will be manned by a crossing guard. STOP and wait for the crossing guard to waive you on. If the sign is unattended, STOP, look both ways to assure cross traffic is clear before proceeding across the road. Automobile traffic is NOT required to yield to motorcycle traffic, even during events.
Usually only seen during the Poker Run, a slow sign indicates that you may proceed with caution. Usually attended by a crossing guard.

Volunteers mark cards at checkpoint. Fall '04. Photo courtesy Steve York. "None Shall Pass" Poker Run road crossing, Fall '05. Photo courtesy Steve York. Passing along information as riders come in on the morning of the event. Spring '05. Photo courtesy Mike Cussins. Volunteers try to get the attention of a rider at a checkpoint. Fall '04. Photo courtesy Steve York.

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