Colorado Jeep & 4WD
Monument & Woodland Park Jeeping & ATV/UTV Trails
Jeeping and ATVing near Monument and Woodland Park is perfect for anyone who wants to explore the area. There are all levels of difficulty available here and the majority of the trails take you to some beautiful views, unique locations and fun rock formations. For a non off-road excursion, the Pikes Peak Toll Road is also in the area and is very much a travel destination. For those who want to get their tires dirty, the Rampart Range Road is the primary jeeping road that travels north and south, with the majority of the other roads and trails branching off from it. Expect to see rounded rock formations, countless pine trees and endless views of the of the country side.
RAMPART RANGE ROAD & ITS MANY OFFSHOOTS
Rampart Range Road: This 60 mile dirt road travels north and south along the Rampart Range in Colorado. The south end of Rampart Range Road begins at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. From there, the road winds northward to Highway 67, just west of Pine Nook, Colorado. This scenic road offers some spectacular views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range. There are many nice camping opportunities along the way and endless hiking and mountain bike trails. There is a section of the road that is paved that leads to Rampart Reservoir from Woodland Park. Other than that, this is a remote road without any services. The road is gravel and sand and can be traveled by car, but a 4x4 is recommended, especially in the winter time. There are many trails and roads that branch off of Rampart Range Road that are perfect for Motorcycles, ATV's, UTV's and Jeeps.
Balanced Rock Road: Starts near the Upper Palmer Reservoir and heads west towards Rampart Range Road. There are some rutted sections and a tight switchback that may give some SUVs some trouble, but the majority of the road they will do fine. Just past Road 322A on the left is the Balanced Rock that gives the trail its name. There are also other interesting rocks along the road that look like balanced rocks.
Mount Herman Road: Is a beautiful scenic road that begins in Monument, Colorado and heads west and connects with Rampart Range Road. The beginning of this road is pretty rough, but further up the road smoothes out considerably. Along the way are some vast views of the planes, unique rock formations and mountain meadows. There is even a balanced rock that appears to be teetering over the road. There are a couple of different roads that branch off Mount Herman Road offering different off-roading experiences. Road 315 heads south to Rampart Range Road and Road 322A travels north and connects to Balanced Rock Road.
Rainbow Falls: Located north of Woodland Park along Highway 67. This series of trails and roads is very popular with ATVs and Motorcycle riders. It centers around Rainbow Falls which is right off Highway 67. There is a staging area with plenty of parking just north of the falls on road 348. The area also has plenty of campsites and even some restrooms. South of Rainbow Falls is Road 346, this takes you around the base of Mount Deception and connects to Rampart Range Road.
Road 302: This branch of Rampart Range Road is accessed just south of Rampart Reservoir. It travels along the base of Ormes Peak and up and around Devils Kitchen and Blodgett Peak. The remains of a C-49J military plane is in the area and makes for a good hiking destination, not to mention some amazing views of the Air Force Academy and Colorado Springs.
Road 303: This 4x4 road branches off Road 302 and is south of Rampart Reservoir. Bring a picnic, hike and explore the Devils Kitchen area.
Schubarth Road: Just north of Rampart Reservoir, this Rampart Range Road branch is not recommended for full-size vehicles. Warning signs apply to land on each side of road, not the road itself. Travel only on marked Forest Service roads. Keep moving until you cross Pike National Forest boundary at 2.4 miles. Expect to see open mountain meadows, clear views of Pikes Peak, the Air Force Academy and Colorado Springs. The road is rough, narrow and steep. This road is has a difficulty level of 5.
Westcreek Road: Heads south out of the town of Westcreek, Colorado. It re-connects to Highway 67 east of Manitou Lake and Recreation Area. This road fairly well maintained and can be traveled by car, but is more fun in a jeep. ATVs are not recommended along this rout and is more of a Sunday drive type of off-road excursion.
As you can see, the Monument and Woodland Park area is a jeeping and ATVing destination. The Rampart Range makes way for countless off-road opportunities and is a perfect way to explore the Pike National Forest. These trails and roads offer opportunities for all ATV and 4x4 skill levels. There are endless views of Colorado's plains as well as the majestic Pikes Peak.Woodland Park Colorado Springs, and Monument Colorado all provide great restaurants, lodging and fueling opportunities.
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Colorado Springs Metro, Colorado includes: Black Forest, Fountain, Monument
Pikes Peak Area, Colorado includes: Cascade, Chipita Park, Deckers, Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs, Woodland Park