Off-Road Basics and Important Information
Before you head to an off-road trail or the Faricy Test Track, there are some important things you should know about off-roading. First and foremost, you must always be realistic about your skills as a driver. There is nothing wrong with recognizing that you are not ready for a difficult trail – everyone has to start somewhere, and easier trails will help you learn the skills and tricks needed to handle the more difficult stuff.
When you go to an off-road trail, do plenty of research and make sure you are well prepared for what it has to offer. Consider the weather and any difficulties you might encounter beyond what is to be expected from a trail. Have emergency supplies packed in your vehicle, including a first-aid kit, food, water, a change of warm clothes, and blankets just in case things go wrong. You should also make sure you always let someone know exactly where you are going and when you should be back so that if the unexpected happens, people will know where to find you.
Off-Road Trails: Rampart Range
There is no shortage of amazing off-road trails near the Colorado Springs area, including Rampart Range, which stretches across more than 60 miles of the gorgeous country. This path runs north and south with the main road called Rampart Range Road or Forest Service Road 300. There are numerous trails that run off this main road, so you have a lot of areas to choose from. The northern end of this Range is closed seasonally, so make sure you know where you can go before you head out.
Off-Road Trails: Old Stage Road/Gold Camp Road
In the southwestern portion of Colorado Springs, you will find Old Stage Road/Gold Camp Road. There are numerous trails related to and connected to this road, which runs more or less west and climbs the north side of Cheyenne Mountain. One element of this off-road trail worth noting is that a fair amount of winter snow accumulates in the area and can linger far into spring. The Forest Service does not typically close these trails, but they can become impassible due to weather and snow, so plan carefully.
Off-Road Trails: Mount Baldy
Just south of Colorado Springs, Mount Baldy offers incredible views of the area and some truly exquisite off-road trails. The climb up this area is relatively easy, but definitely requires 4WD and the excellent traction offered by a Jeep. There are numerous trails and interconnected roads near Mount Baldy, so you may be able to easily move from this area to another and make a loop to get back to town in a variety of different ways. Make sure you research whatever path you plan on taking, however, and always know where you are going and what you can handle.
Off-Road Trails: Wagon Wheel Trail System
The Wagon Wheel Trail System is a massive area covering more than 250 miles of terrain that is perfect for a Jeep and drivers of different skill levels. With so many off-road trails to choose from, however, make sure you research different paths and get a sense of what you can handle. This is an excellent choice if you are looking to do some camping and get away for a long weekend or even a full week, with plenty of hiking trails and scenic areas to enjoy while going off-road. It is a bit further from Colorado Springs than some other areas, but well worth the trip.
Off-Road Trails: Alpine Loop Scenic Byway
The word “scenic” is not in the name “Alpine Loop Scenic Byway” by accident – this is one of the most beautiful off-road trails in the country. Depending on exactly what path you want to take, this can be a simple trip for most drivers, or push you to the limit with challenging areas and narrow paths that only allow one vehicle to pass at a time. Your reward for choosing this off-road trail, however, is some of the most breathtaking views anywhere, and ghost towns that speak of the rich history of Colorado. The whole trail is a long one, but the trip is well worth it.
Off-Road Trails: Colorado State Forest State Park
This area is more than a few hours away from Colorado Springs, but if you have a few days to commit to it, then it is well worth it. The Colorado State Forest State Park is massive and offers everything you could hope for from nature here in Colorado. There are more than 50 miles of off-road trails to check out and enjoy, offering challenges to match just about any skill level. This is a particularly popular spot for new off-road drivers and people getting to know a new vehicle, with some fun challenges that do not push you to the brink like some trails can.
The Faricy Test Track
Before you go off to have an adventure on off-road trails, the Faricy Test Track is here to give you a taste of what any Jeep you are interested in can do. We built this test track years ago so that our customers could see the off-road capabilities of a 4WD Jeep in a controlled environment. There are five necessary components that go into a Trail-Rated Jeep, including maneuverability, articulation, traction, ground clearance, and water fording. Our test track is designed to highlight those qualities and put each Jeep to the test.
You can put a Jeep to test on our track from the water fording to roll bars that are designed to put your 4WD system to work, giving power to the appropriate wheels, so you gain traction and won't get stuck. As for articulation and maneuverability? Our track has different levels of terrain that will force the Jeep's suspension to adapt to and absorb height differences while you continue moving forward. If you are wondering about how our track shows off a Jeeps ground clearance, that is for you to see for yourself, but all Jeeps are designed to take on tough and rocky terrain. Covering more than an acre of our lot, the Faricy Test Track is the perfect place to experience how much fun going off-road in a Jeep can be.
The Faricy Test Track is designed to replicate all kinds of different off-road situations, from steep approach angles and inclines to standing water. If you think Jeep's stats about the fording abilities of their vehicles are all talk, then see it for yourself on our test track. You can even experience the power and reliability of Jeep's 4WD systems and discover why so many off-road drivers rely on Jeeps to get them home safely every time.
Take a look at the Faricy Test Track, and then come experience it yourself.