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North Divide Trail System

Monday, July 24, 2017

Alt 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 offroad area offers hundreds of miles of woods trails that range from twisty and narrow singletrack to wide and rugged 4x4 roads. Most of the trails form long loops that wind nearby old mines and cabins while providing spectacular mountain views.

The trail system has two three designated staging areas - the north-western staging and middle staging areas (Phantom Creek and Rule Ridge) has room for trailers while the eastern staging areas (Lower Trout Creek) has enough space for several compact trucks. Primitive camping is permitted but there is no water so bring your own.

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Nearest CityDivide, CO
AddressPhantom Creek Road, Divide, CO 80814
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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.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Permit RequiredYesColorado OHV Sticker
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting 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 WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4s / Jeeps (registered)Some Areas
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some Areas
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.




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


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North Divide Trail System

Photo Submitted 7/15/2017 (Thanks!)

North Divide Trail Photo

North Divide Trail System

Photo Submitted 7/15/2017 (Thanks!)

North Divide Trail Photo

North Divide Trail System

Photo Submitted 7/15/2017 (Thanks!)


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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


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SE)Pikes Peak Regional Hospital (719) 687-9999
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
Swimming Swim AreaDivide, CO
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (E)Rampart Reservoir Boat Ramp (719) 553-1400
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