Support Rampart Range
The RRMMC is an all-volunteer, nonprofit corporation founded in 1972 to work with the Forest Service to promote and preserve the riding opportunities in the Rampart Range. It’s a big job and we need all the support we can get.
If you are at all concerned about your access to and use of public lands in general and the Rampart Range area in particular, you need to make your concerns heard. Take part in the preservation of the area for OHV use. There are many ways that individuals, groups, and businesses can contribute to our mission.
Please help support future projects and maintenance. Your donation dollars help us to provide important services for dirtbike and ATV use.
Donations can be given with credit cards and PayPal here on our website, or with a check mailed to RRMMC P.O. Box 3511, Englewood, CO 80155.
In 1979, in an attempt to provide a stable source of funding for the activities of the RRMMC, the group began hosting a non-competitive poker run on the trails of Rampart for dirt bike riders. This tradition continues today with the annual Spring and Fall Poker Runs, usually held in mid-June and mid to late-September.
Since 1997, the RRMMC has been hosting the annual Awesome Autumn Dual Sport Ride. Two days and over 200 miles of great dual sport riding on the scenic trails, forest roads, 4wd routes and mountain highways to view the awesome autumn colors of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The Awesome Autumn Dual Sport Ride is held each year in September. View the gallery to see pictures from past events.
Volunteer assistance is needed for Trail Maintenance work on the motorized (OHV) trails in the Rampart Range Motorized Recreation area of the Pike National Forest. Much of the trail maintenance is handled by volunteers on the ground at our work parties. It’s your chance to get in and do your part to give back to an area we all can enjoy. The work takes place in the morning, then the afternoon is free to ride or just take a nap. Local businesses sponsor the work parties and feed us all lunch. There is some work involved, but they can also be a lot of fun!
The current activities and concerns of the RRMMC are much the same as they were in the 1970s, but the job is much larger now. The number of people using the area and the variety of activities that they enjoy is much greater than they were 30, or even 15 years ago. Our scope has had to expand to preserve riding opportunities for all of us.
We love to have new members join in our mission. There is always something to do and the more people we have, the easier it is for us to accomplish our goals. The committee meets on the 4th Thursday of every month, except November and December. See the event calendar for locations and dates. There is no cost to join the RRMMC, and there are no dues to pay. All we ask for is your time. Once you attend three meetings, you become eligible to be voted in as a member.
Buy a Map
Many local dealerships and businesses carry trail maps for the Rampart Range Motorized Recreation Area, which includes the most updated trails, details about each trail, and is overlaid on a topographic map of the forest. Maps can also be purchased online and through the Avenza app. More information can be found on the trail information page. Proceeds from these map sales benefit the RRMMC and the work we do at Rampart.
Be a Good Steward
Represent your dirt rider community and be an ambassador of our sport. There is a lot of public mis-perception about what we do and who we are as trail riders, and violations of the law and trail etiquette only increases the likelihood of losing our riding areas. Individual behavior reflects on our community as a whole. Being a good steward of the land and educating ourselves and others helps prevent the closure our trails. Here are few basic tips for being a good representative:
Pack it Out – Pack out your trash. Your mother doesn’t live here and nobody wants to clean up your mess.
Stay the Trail – Ride only on routes designated for motorized use. Ride over obstacles. Going around widens the trail, causes erosion, and negatively impacts the environment. If an obstacle is too difficult, it’s time to turn around. For more information, visit Stay the Trail.
Width – Know the width of your vehicle and the trail’s designation. Stay on trails designated for your width and don’t go around the pinch gates.
When to Yield – The trails at Rampart Range are multi-use trails. Generally, slower riders yield to faster riders, and downhill traffic yields to uphill traffic. Motorized vehicles always yield to all non-motorized vehicles. Bicyclists yield to hikers, and everyone yields to horses, livestock, and wildlife. If you encounter an equestrian rider, pull over and shut your engine off. Horses spook easily and the safety of everyone nearby may depend on following these guidelines.
Traffic – The trails at Rampart Range have 2-way traffic, and folks like to ride at different speeds. When meeting oncoming traffic: slow down, move over within the trail, and signal with your left hand to indicate the number of riders behind you. A closed fist means that you are the last vehicle in your group. When meeting traffic traveling the same direction: slower riders move over within the trail, and faster riders pass on the left while communicating the number of riders behind them. All riders should be considerate and patient when encountering traffic.
Help Others – Riders and non-motorized users alike can get in over their head sometimes. When folks are broken down, injured, lost, or dehydrated, lend a hand.
Showing Off – Be courteous! Conflicts only add to the problem of keeping this riding area open. Louder doesn’t mean faster, taking blind corners too fast endangers yourself and others, and roosting slower riders and non-motorized users makes us all look bad. But go ahead and roost your buddy for making fun of you that time you dropped the bike. Don’t ride around the campgrounds or parking areas. We have nearly 200 miles of trails: don’t jeopardize this by undue riding in these areas.
Ride Legit – You must have a current Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) registration to ride the trails, and a current license plate to ride on Rampart Range Road. All vehicles must have a US Forest Service approved Spark Arrestor. Protective gear is strongly recommended, especially a helmet.
Something else you can do that will help all riding areas in Colorado is to JOIN COHVCO! The Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition is the best way to send the message that you want to keep areas like Rampart and the dozens of other legal riding areas in Colorado open. They’re out there every day keeping an eye on things for us, but they need our support. Yearly membership dues help with the funding, but more important, the more members they have, the more political clout we have when it comes time to influence land managers and law makers. It really is the best and easiest thing you can do to preserve our sport, and the annual membership fee is probably a lot less than it costs you to drive to your favorite riding area just one time. Isn’t that worth it?