Beginner Offroad Trails Near Castle Rock

Rampart Crossover

This is a fun drive for licensed and unlicensed vehicles. You can take it in either direction. You'll either start or finish at Rainbow Falls OHV Area. Camping is available, but restricted to designated sites.…
Total Miles
16.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

Forest Road 507

Forest Road 507 rests in the Pike National Forest just outside of Sedalia, CO, and serves as a connector for the northern section of the Rampart Range Recreation Area. This trail runs in a 2-way…
Total Miles
2
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su

Jackson Creek South/ Watson Park

Jackson Creek South, and to some extent Watson Park are smooth, very easy wide roads that are worth exploring for the scenery and access to dispersed camping, but they also serve as access points for…
Total Miles
5.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Fern 2- Rampart Range

This is a scenic and fun 2-mile long trail on mostly crushed granite and dirt. Except for a short, steeper grade at the northern end of the trail, the trail has a gentle grade throughout…
Total Miles
2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Trout Creek (FS 649)

Trout Creek is easy dirt and crushed granite. The trail is easy, except for the large number of berms and waves across the trail. For the most part, turns are shallow and level and there…
Total Miles
1.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Winding Stairs-Ice Cave Loop

This loop consists of Forest Service roads 323 and 324 which meet on the east side of the loop; the loop is continuous, and the numbers can be confusing. The trail surface is decomposed granite…
Total Miles
7.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Mt. Herman & Rampart Range Roads

This section of Rampart Range Road is nicely maintained and provides amazing scenery as you drop into the Garden of the Gods Park. Unlicensed vehicles aren't allowed on the main roads. There are a few…
Total Miles
33.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Long Hollow 60 inch Trail (FS 650)

This summary is for the southern part of Long Hollow Trail that is about 4.5 miles of fun, twisting, turning trail through the forest on fairly smooth well-maintained crushed granite trails. The Forest service rates…
Total Miles
4.4
Tech Rating
3 Moderate
Best Time
Sp

West Rainbow Falls

The Rainbow falls riding area is on the north side of Hwy 67, about 17 miles southwest of Deckers, CO, or 17 miles north of Woodland Park, CO, with easy access to the parking lot…
Total Miles
5.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Su / Sp

Signal Butte Trail

The Signal Butte trail is on the north end of the 717 area in Pike National Forest with easy access from any of the multi-use trails that connect to this loop. You can access this…
Total Miles
15.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Wigwam Creek Road

Wigwam Creek Road is a dirt road located on the southwest side of CO Road 126 in the Pike National Forest. It is easily accessible by passenger vehicles in dry conditions. The road is mostly…
Total Miles
2.6
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

Phantom Creek, Signal Butte

A great way to check out views of Pikes Peak and Signal Butte. You'll pass through the Hayman Burn Area. It is interesting to observe the damage and recovery occurring there. If you want to…
Total Miles
12.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

Stony Pass Road

Stony Pass Road begins off of Wigwam Creek Road, near Cheesman Reservoir in the Pike National Forest. The road heads north towards Wellington Lake. This is a dirt road that can be accessed by most…
Total Miles
12.6
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Sp / Fa

Wigwam Trail

This shorter trail begins a few miles in on the Stony Pass Road Trail, near Cheesman Reservoir in the Pike National Forest. The road heads west toward the Wigwam Creek Trailhead, providing access to the…
Total Miles
1.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Lower Gold Camp Road

Dirt roads with some rocks scattered throughout. Good road that is easily accessible from Colorado Springs that virtually any car can handle. Multiple tunnels going through the mountains. Majority is two lane with multiple spots…
Total Miles
5.4
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Old Stage Rd

Easy trail with beautiful views. 4WD is recommended especially after snowfall. This trail leads to Gold Camp Road. Take switchbacks with caution, as they can become narrow and on-coming traffic can be difficult to see.…
Total Miles
5.6
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Mount Baldy

As you start the trail, you'll pass through Frosty Park where you'll find some great camping spots. The trail ends just below Mt. Baldy and south of Almagre Mountain. You'll have to hike the rest…
Total Miles
5.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

Gold Camp Rd to Cripple Creek

Gold Camp originally connected the Cheyenne Mountain area to Cripple Creek, but in 1988, Tunnel #3 collapsed and a large section of Gold Camp was closed to vehicles, but left open to hikers and bikers.…
Total Miles
19.2
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Lost Park Road

Lost Park Road begins on the east side off of HWY 285. This is a dirt road in good condition and is accessible by 2WD vehicles in dry conditions. Stretches of the road are washboard…
Total Miles
16.7
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su / Sp

La Salle Pass

This is a fun backroad alternative to the paved Wilderson Pass. It meanders through beautiful meadows and aspen groves en route to La Salle Pass. There are a lot of side roads branching off this…
Total Miles
10
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

Old Squaw Pass East

This trail begins off of Squaw Pass Road. At the trailhead, you will see a sign for "Historic Arapaho Springs". This is an easier trail in dry conditions, accessible by stock 4WD vehicles and higher…
Total Miles
1.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Topaz Mountain Road 446

Topaz Mountain Road trail, also known as Forest Road 446, is located between the Wallace Gulch Road trail and Lost Park Road. The trail is single vehicle width in most sections with areas to pull…
Total Miles
7.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Squaw Mountain Lookout

This trail is easily accessed off of Squaw Pass Road. As the name hints, the trail takes you takes you to Squaw Mountain fire lookout which is about a 1-mile hike from the end of…
Total Miles
1.9
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Shelf Road, Phantom Canyon

This is a popular, heavily used network of trails that starts just south of Cripple Creek and takes you on a ride through history. See old mines and historic towns. A number of 4X4 roads…
Total Miles
57.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

Old Squaw Pass Central

This trail can accessed from either the Squaw Mountain Lookout trail or the Old Squaw Pass East Trail. The trail is blocked in the middle by a gated section of private property which prevents you…
Total Miles
1.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Santa Fe Trail

This is an easy, one-way trail with a few places to pass and some rocky and washed out sections. You'll find a handful of dispersed campsites and some great views of Idaho Springs. The end…
Total Miles
3.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp

Packer Gulch

Packer Gulch is a out and back trail which begins just West of Tarryall Reservoir. The trail starts through open meadows with some dispersed camping areas that are suitable for a vehicle pulling a camper…
Total Miles
7.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Oh-My-God Road, Russell Gulch

Travel through old mining country to a popular gambling town in the mountains. You can also get there through Russell Gulch if you're looking for more of a backcountry road experience. Idaho Springs offers unique…
Total Miles
12.9
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Schoolmarm Mountain

Great trail for day rides, exploring many side routes, and camping in the Tarryall Reservoir trail network. One possibly difficult section near the junction of Schoolmarm Mountain, Skinny, and Packer Gulch requiring 4wd and high…
Total Miles
5.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Skinny

Fun trail to ride while exploring the middle of the Tarryall Reservoir trail network. Skinny is in excellent connection between Packer Gulch, West Packer, Schoolmarm, Windy, and Paige. Skinny offers open fields, thick pines, and…
Total Miles
2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa