This is a view of the main road with Pikes Peak in the background. In nearly all places, it's at least 2 lanes wide. However, there are lots and lots of "blind curves" and I've gotten in the habit of just tapping my horn to alert oncoming cars of my approach.
This photo was
taken in early Spring 4 miles from the Garden Of The Gods
entrance to Rampart Range Road.
Photographer and friends taken just inside the Colorado Springs city limits by someone traveling the road. Just below where this picture was taken is Cedar Heights, an exclusive housing development.
Taken at the
first water tower about 6 miles up the road showing part of
Cedar Heights below Pikes Peak.
This is one of
the better and most traversable side roads with the
photographer's wife in the background. This picture was taken
in October, 1998 during the changing of the aspen leaves. For
even more images of this spectular event, click here.
Once off the main road, a myrid of paths are available to hike back into the forest. It is advisable, however, to mark your trail. Trust me, all the trees begin to look alike and it's easy to get lost. (Been there, done that...sigh.)
Hand made rail fences like this one dot Rampart Range Road. However, there are also some areas that are private property and marked with wire fences and no trespassing signs. There are acres and acres of public land to hike, please respect those signs.
The photographer relaxes at the "first summit" in this picture taken by his wife. The line on the mountainside in the right center is the Pikes Pikes Highway.
and a very special friend enjoy the view from the walled summit
overlook in this photo taken by her husband.
Another photo on the wall, this one of a beautiful lady.
Map of Rampart
Reservoir, well worth your time and the minimal expense.
This photo was
taken just before a July afternoon rainstorm at the Rampart
Reservoir in one of the picnic areas.
Rampart Reservoir, Pikes Peak snows shine between the pines in
the afternoon April sunshine.
This portion of
Rampart Range Road, the "meadow" as I call it, is just a few
miles from the Woodland Park exit and is very well maintained.
This photo of
the the road above was taken in early April and is very well
maintained. There are some residences and city maintained areas
accessed off this stretch and is often plowed during the winter
The view from
the "meadow" area. Notice the snowfence in the foreground.
This photo in
the same location as the image above, was taken in early April
following a major blizzard just a week before.
This is the view
of the mountain meadow facing opposite the photo above.
At this sign,
take a right turn on a nicely paved beautiful winding road.
This small barn
is nearly covered in April snow.
At the stop
sign, follow this sign to the right. (A turn left continues the
road to Devil's Head, Sadalia, and it's eventual end.)
This side road
leads to a most beautiful camping/picnic area with a perfect
view of Pikes Peak.
Even as late as
June, snow can be found in the shady areas. The photographer's
dog, Coolie, hits the powder!
Most back areas
have been visited before and often you will find extra gathered
firewood, a rock fire pit and even the perfect log for everyone
to sit on. This was the perfect picnic area!
photographer's daughter roasts a special hotdog over the perfect
fire and it becomes......
The best damn
The outhouse is
as big as all outdoors. Ladies room is first pinetree to the
right. Men to the left, please.