Rampart Range Recreation Area

The Rampart Range Recreation Area provides a unique setting for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts to enjoy a variety of riding experiences. From intermediate to expert riders, ATV or motorcycle, the Rampart has something for everyone.

Please make sure you are prepared and ride within your abilities. Changing conditions, natural hazards as well as oncoming traffic may be encountered. Please become familiar with and obey all local rules and regulations.

Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) are available for free at your local USFS office or can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/psicc/mvum.

The Rampart area appears on the following maps:

  • Pike National Forest Visitor Map
  • USGS Quad Devil's Head
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #135 (Deckers/Rampart Range)

Dispersed camping available in designated sites only for a fee. Camp hosts are located in the Flat Rocks Campground and at Rim Road.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • Rampart Range Recreation Area roads and trails are closed annually by December 1 and remain closed throughout the winter.
  • Roads and trails reopen when conditions are favorable for summer recreation. A target date is April 1, but weather conditions may delay opening until late-May pursuant to a "mud-season" closure order. The closure order is in effect April 1-May 31 annually to provide resource protection for all National Forest System roads and trails in the recreation area.
Reservations: Camping in designated dispersed sites is first come, first serve.
Fees: Overnight Camping in designated small sites - $20.00.
Overnight Camping in designated large sites - $30.00.
Fees are payable by cash, check or money order. Self-servicing fee tube is available. Scan and pay is available.
Open Season: Opened for 2023 season May 4, 2023 - closes December 1 (weather permitting)
  • Park and camp in designated sites.
  • Trailhead and OHV staging areas are open sunrise to sunset.
  • Report after hours activities to the Douglas County Sherrif's Department.
Closest Towns: Sedalia, CO
Water: available for campers staying at Flat Rocks
Restroom: Vault toilets
Passes: All OHV's must be registered. For information on registration and permits, visit Colorado State website
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center:
South Platte Ranger District 303-275-5610. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

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Campground Camping

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RV Camping

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Dispersed Camping

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Dispersed camping and parking is allowed in designated sites only on the South Platte Ranger District.   Designated sites are posted with "Parking" and "Tent" symbols. This is a fee area.

Dispersed camping is primitive, undeveloped, frontcountry "car camping". Several areas across the District allow dispersed camping, however certain areas are closed to overnight camping and allow for day use activites only.

Remember: when dispersed camping, no toilets, trash service, or potable water, are available. Store all food and trash securely, and pack out what you pack in. Please practice Leave No Trace.

Designated dispersed camping is located along NFSR 300, 502, 507, and 563.

Please observe these requirements when dispersed camping: 

  • Plan your trip; phone ahead for restrictions and special regulations.
  • Dispersed camping and parking is allowed in designated sites only.  Do not create resource damage by driving off-road, beyond designated parking locations, or behind barriers.  Parking should be within 30' of site markers.
  • Developed sites, including trailheads and picnic areas, are closed to overnight camping and allow for day use activities only.
  • Tread lightly, and avoid trampling sensitive vegetation.  Locate your camp at least 100' from any water source.
  • Use catholes to properly dispose of human and pet waste; bury waste in a cathole at least 6-8" deep and 200’ from any water source. Packing out human and pet waste using self-contained waste disposal systems is encouraged.
  • Campfires are allowed at overnight sites as long as fire restrictions aren’t in place. You may gather small amounts of down, dead wood for a campfire. Use existing fire rings; keep your campfire small and always make sure it is completely extinguished before leaving. No campfires outside of designated overnight sites.
  • BEARS and other wildlife When you go to the mountains and forest, you are in bear county. Do not leave ANY food, trash or other animal attractant unattended. Store all food and trash securely and pack out what you pack in. Failing to do so can result in a fine.
  • Be aware that where not otherwise restricted, camping or leaving camping equipment at any location more than 14 days within a continuous 30 day period, and/or occupying any campsite within three miles of any prior camping or equipment location for a combined total of more than 28 days within any continuous 60 day period, is prohibited. Also, leaving camping equipment unattended for more than 24 hours is not allowed.
  • Discharging a firearm is prohibited within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area; or across or on a National Forest System road or a body of water, or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge.

Day Hiking

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Horse Camping

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Horse Riding

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Viewing Scenery

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OHV Camping

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OHV Road Riding

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OHV Trail Riding

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Restrictions exist for motor vehicle use, including snowmobiles, ATVs, motorcycles, 4x4 vehicles, and other Off Highway Vehicle (OHV). Free Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available. These maps indicate which roads and trails are open and to what type of vehicle.

Interpretive Areas

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Scenic Driving

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Recreation areas with activity Snowmobiling:

Motorized oversnow travel is possible on the Rampart Range Road (NFSR 300) when sufficient snow cover exists.

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7,490' - 9,749'