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North Divide Trail System

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Other Names

Pike National Forest, Pikes Peak Ranger District, 717 Trails, Phantom Creek, Rule Ridge, Lower Trout Creek, Spruce Gulch, West Creek, Signal Butte, Manchester Creek

Last Known StatusOpen

This popular off-road area offers hundreds of miles twisty and narrow ATV woods trails to wide and rugged 4x4 roads. Most of the trails form long loops that wind near old mines and cabins while providing spectacular mountain views.

This trail system has three designated staging areas - Phantom Creek and Rule Ridge have room for trailers and camping while Lower Trout Creek has just enough space for several compact trucks. Camping is permitted in the staging areas but there is no water so bring your own.

ATV, UTV rentals and guided tours can be found in nearby Divide and Woodland Park. This trail system is open year-round, but check with the Forest Service during the winter months for current conditions before heading out.

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Permit RequiredYesColorado OHV Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoColorado Non-Resident OHV permit required.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)(1998/older limit 99 dB, 1998/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on designated forest service roads
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areas(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on designated forest service roads
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size1,000 acres (2 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail100
Climate TypeForest
Elevation8000 to 10000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SE)Western Convenience Store (719) 687-7270
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SE)Western Convenience Store (719) 687-7270
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (W)Happy Meadows Campground (719) 836-2031
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (E)Bristlecone Lodge (719) 687-9518
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (E)Bristlecone Lodge (719) 687-9518
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (W)Happy Meadows Campground (719) 836-2031
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SE)Western Convenience Store (719) 687-7270




Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Nearest CityDivide, CO
AddressPhantom Creek Road, Divide, CO 80814
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Colorado Springs, CO
1) Take Hwy 24 North about 25 miles
2) Turn right (north) onto Manchester Creek Road, continue .5 miles
3) Turn left (north-west) onto Cedar Mountain Road, continue about 9 miles
4) Turn right (north) onto Phantom Creek Road, continue about .5 miles toward staging area.


Contact InfoPike National Forest - Pikes Peak Ranger District
601 South Weber
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 636-1602
Contact InfoColorado State Parks - Registration Unit
13787 South Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-1920
CommentColorado OHV Registration Info
Contact InfoGreat Outdoors Adventures
19251 E. US-24
Woodland Park, CO 80863
(719) 686-6816
CommentATV Rentals


North Divide Trail Photo

North Divide Trail System

Hackett Gulch is one of the difficult 4x4 routes in the North Divide Trail System.

North Divide Trail Photo

View of hard packed ATV trail winding through the woods.

This area is popular with ATVs due to the narrow and twisty trails.

North Divide Trail Photo

View of narrow ATV trail surrounded by mature pine trees.

Most of the trails are are limited to 50 inches wide.

North Divide Trail Photo

View of ATV trail taken from the trail.

Some sections have offcamber berms with light to moderate elevation changes, making it a fun ride.

North Divide Trail Photo

Scenic view of hard packed ATV trail with small hill.

Most of the ATV trails look like this - smooth and twisty.

North Divide Trail Photo

Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport UTV with front tow hitch parked on the trail between two large rocks.

Expect to encounter a few boulders hugging the trail.

North Divide Trail Photo

View of Forest Service brown carsonite trail marker.

This area is also called the "717 Trails" due to the Forest Service labeling system. The trails are also open year-round.

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