Rampart Range Wildlands Project
The Rampart Range Wildlands Project aims to secure federal legislative protection designating the National Forest east of Rampart Range Road, south of Dakan Road, and north of Balanced Rock Road as a primitive non-motorized area. Examples of possible designation include, but are not limited to:
- · National Cooperative Management and Protection Area
- · National Conservation Area
- · National Outstanding Natural Area
- · National Recreation Area
- · National Special Management Area
- · National Wilderness Area
The Rampart Range Wildlands Project is an initiative of the Colorado Mountain Club's Denver and Pike's Peak chapters. We aim to work with a diversity of stakeholders in determining how best to protect this special area while also being conscious of others needs.
By securing an increased level of federal protection this special area will remain an island of quiet use recreation with opportunities to find solitude for generations to come. This unique mid-elevation mountain range (located just 40 miles south of Denver and 20 miles northwest of Colorado Springs) offers a rare opportunity to protect one of the last remaining remote places along the Front Range.
Agency designated Roadless Area’s can become administratively altered, amended, or waived at anytime. The proposed 2011 South Rampart Travel Management Plan included designation of motorized trails through a portion of the area we are working to protect. We know that this action would threaten the area’s water quality, wildlife habit, and opportunities for solitude and or human powered recreation.
Federal legislative protection would simplify management of the area, allowing Rampart Range Road to serve as a boundary between areas of motorized and non-motorized use. Additionally, a higher level of protection would put an end to user conflicts in the area as both motorized and non-motorized areas would become permanently protected by the federal government and much more difficult to alter.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Ice Cave Creek Trail Project - This year's work picks up where we left off last year, after building 0.4 miles of new trail along the Ice Cave Creek drainage about Palmer Lake. In 2014, we are realigning and repairing trail further up the canyon. This is a BIG project, so we need lots of volunteers and crew leaders. Please consider joining us for one or more of the following dates:
July 12th - Register
August 9th - Register
September 13th - Register
October 11th - Register
The Colorado Mountain
Club and its partners will be talking to local communities, user groups, and other stakeholders to
determine how best to protect the diversity of interests in this special area.
To learn more please contact the project's co-chairs Phil Kummer or Tom Mowle