Rampart Range Road

Rampart Range Road in CO, a hidden gem closed from December 1 to April 1

Rampart Range Road is a very scenic unpaved drive through the forested crest of the Rampart Range, on the boundary between Douglas, Teller and El Paso counties, in the U.S. state of Colorado.

Is the Rampart Range Road unpaved?

Set high in the Pike National Forest, the scenic gravel road yields spectacular views of Pikes Peak, the prairie, and the rugged Front Range and Tarryall Mountains, and offers quiet camping, diverse mountain biking and camping opportunities, and one of Colorado’s last fire lookouts atop Devils Head. The quality of the road varies but all is traversable by automobile and a four-wheel drive vehicle is not necessary. However, if you own a four-wheeler or a dirt bike, you will find an abundance of challenging trails to enjoy and test your mettle. Changing conditions, natural hazards, as well as oncoming traffic may be encountered. The road features some steep parts, with a maximum gradient of 11%. This road is very exposed and unsecured driveway in innumerable twists and turns. Situated within the Pike National Forest, Rampart Range Road was built during the Great Depression of the 1930's by the Civil Conservation Corps. There are absolutely no services along Rampart Range Road and very few "exits" along the way.

Is the Rampart Range Road open?

The road tops out at 2.876m (9,436ft) above the sea level. It is closed to motorized traffic during the annual closure from December 1 to April 1.They reopen when conditions are favorable for summer recreation.

How long is Rampart Range Road?

The road is also known as Forest Service Road 300. It’s 61,79km (38.4 miles) long, running north-south from Highway 67 between Sedalia and Deckers towards the city of Woodland Park (Teller County).

 

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