The Ring the Peak Trail passes through many different jurisdictions, each with its own set of rules and regulations.  Trail users are responsible for knowing and following each area’s rules.

Many of the rules are common sense.

  • Don’t litter – pack out all trash where garbage cans are not available.
  • Don’t deface or damage facilities or resources.
  • Operate motor vehicles only along designated roadways and motorized trails.
    • Park vehicles in designated parking areas. In national forest, a vehicle can also park within one vehicle length of a road if the vehicle does not damage land or vegetation.
  • Stay on trail and don’t cut switchbacks.
  • The U.S. Forest Service usually allows foot traffic off trail, but off-trail use is not allowed in the Bear Creek watershed, and Forest Service also prohibits cutting switchbacks.
  • Dogs:
    • Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, and El Paso County all require dogs to be on-leash (outside of designated off-leash dog parks).
    • The U.S. Forest Service requires dogs to be on-leash in developed recreation areas and under control at all times.
  • Smoking:
    • Colorado Springs: no smoking in parks except in designated smoking areas.
  • Alcohol:
    • Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, and El Paso County all prohibit alcohol in parks.
  • Campfires:
    • Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, and El Paso County all prohibit open fires.
    • The U.S. Forest Service prohibits open fires in the Bear Creek and Cheyenne watersheds; be aware of and follow any current fire restrictions in other Forest Service areas.
  • Camping:
    • Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, and El Paso County all prohibit camping.
    • The U.S. Forest Service prohibits camping in the Bear Creek watershed; dispersed camping is allowed in other Forest Service areas except within 1/4 mile of the Crags Road (Forest Service road 383).
    • Also see Camping
  • Seasonal Closure:
    • North Slope Recreation Area is open May 1 through the 3rd Saturday in October; closed the rest of the year.
    • Access gates from Catamount Ranch open space in Teller county to North Slope Recreation Area are open May 1 to September 30.

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