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Rainbow Falls

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Alt Names

Pike National Forest, Pikes Peak Ranger District, Long Hollow Trailhead, Moab Hill, Quartz Mountain, Missouri Gulch, Fern Creek, Illinois Gulch

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Pike National Forest offers about 20 miles of smooth and fast motorized trails. Most of the terrain is hardpacked but there are some challenging sections with rugged climbs.

Most of the trails can be explored in a 4x4 but there are a few wide enough for ATVs. One of the draws of the area is a popular rock crawling section known as Moab Hill. This trail system is very popular and weekends are usually busy.

Primitive camping is permitted throughout the forest but the closest developed campground is Painted Rocks (reservations are required and must be made at least four days in advance).

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Nearest CityWoodland Park, CO
AddressRainbow Falls Road, Sedalia, CO 80135
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Woodland Park, CO
1) Take SR-67 north about 10 miles
2) Turn right (east) on Rainbow Falls Park Road, continue .25 miles
3) Staging area is on the right.


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
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Approx Size5,000 acres (8 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeForest
Elevation7600 to 9000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
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


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)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYes
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.




First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (SW)Pikes Peak Regional Hospital (719) 687-9999
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (S)Diamond Shamrock Corner Store (719) 687-1491
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)Diamond Shamrock Corner Store (719) 687-1491
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (S)Painted Rocks Campground (877) 444-6777
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (S)Bristlecone Lodge (719) 687-9518
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (S)Bristlecone Lodge (719) 687-9518
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (S)Painted Rocks Campground (877) 444-6777
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (S)Diamond Shamrock Corner Store (719) 687-1491
Swimming Swim AreaWoodland Park, CO
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteTrout Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp20-30 Miles (SE)Rampart Reservoir Boat Ramp (719) 553-1400


Contact InfoPike National Forest - Pikes Peak Ranger District
601 South Weber Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 636-1602
Contact InfoColorado Parks And Wildlife - Registration Unit
13787 South Highway 85
Littleton, CO 80125
(303) 791-1920
CommentColorado OHV Registration Info


Rainbow Falls Trail Photo

Rainbow Falls Trail

Photo Submitted 5/14/2013 (Thanks! Great shot.)

Rainbow Falls Trail Photo

Rainbow Falls Trail

Photo Submitted 3/27/2018 (Thanks!)

Rainbow Falls Trail Photo

Rainbow Falls Trail

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Rainbow Falls Trail Photo

Rainbow Falls Trail

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Rainbow Falls Trail Photo

OHV at Rainbow Falls Trail

Photo Submitted 5/28/2013 (Thanks!)


Rainbow Falls Trail Photo

Rainbow Falls Trail

Photo Submitted 3/27/2018 (Thanks!)

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