Pony Express 2022 Sun, Sep 18

Beautiful trail run around Rampart Reservoir at about 9,000 feet

Rampart Range Road, Woodland Park

Race Director

Patricia Lockhart

Race Date

  • 14+ M, Sun, Sep 18

General Information

The entry limit for 2021 is 100.

7:00am - Race day registration begins

8:00am - The event will start

This is a 14+ mile trail run around Rampart Reservoir with the trees starting to show their fall colors. The scenery alone on this race will blow you away. By design, this race is small and is a best-kept secret. There are 3 parking areas (see below for more information) that will be shared by everyone who enters the reservoir from this location. And, USFS limits the number of participants we can have – just so the trails are not over used. This trail run will never be a large race.

There are 3 water stops on the trail. You are requested to you bring your own fluids. If you get lost easily, then this is not the course for you, as there are places where you can make wrong turns. The rule of thumb is to keep the reservoir on your right shoulder. If you are straying far away from the reservoir, then you've made a wrong turn.

The course will be on the perimeter trail of Rampart Reservoir. No walkers allowed. If you walk you won't be able to meet the cutoff times.

Cutoff times:

  • Water Station 2: 2 hours
  • Water Station 3: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Out of respect to our volunteers, should a participant not meet these cutoff times, they will be pulled by the course marshals and driven back to the start/finish.

At the request of the Forest Service, please use USFS Roads 950 and 951 for parking. (1/4 M walk to the start). There will be minimal parking on the west side of Rampart Range Road. Parking guides will be on-site to direct you to those areas. NO parking will be allowed on the east side of the road. Please share the Rainbow Gulch's parking lot with all trail users.

Thank you.

Course Information

Course Map

The course is on a single-track dirt trail that runs around the perimeter of Rampart Reservoir. In some places, the trail is rocky with exposed tree roots. The elevation is around 9,000 feet, with some rolling ups and downs. Runners proceed clockwise around the reservoir, and will also run across the dam on the east end of the reservoir.


From I-25, take the Cimarron/Hwy 24 Exit (Exit 141)

  • At end of exit ramp, turn left and head west on Hwy 24
  • Proceed to Woodland Park
  • Take Baldwin Street (the road behind McDonald's in Woodland Park) and head north.
  • Proceed until there is a fork in the road
  • Take the right-hand fork onto Loy Creek Road
  • At the next intersection turn right onto Rampart Road
  • Drive to Rainbow Gulch (left side of road)
  • The parking area will be our staging area

Event History

The Pony Express Trail Run originated quite a few years ago, as far back as 1977. The initial PPRR newsletter of April of 1977 shows the Pony Express scheduled for October 15th. At that time, the race was run from Woodland Park to Monument. At one time, it was run on the Section 16 trails in SW Colorado Springs. It has been at the Rampart Reservoir location for at least 10 years, if not more.

The event has always made an effort to celebrate all of the runners. Thus overall and age-group awards are not given. Instead, every finisher is given a unique award each year.


Rampart Reservoir with Pikes Peak in the background.
Photo courtesy Jim Kelleher.



more information from RRCA on the policy Following guidelines from the Road Runners of Clubs of America (RRCA), Pikes Peak Road Runners discourages and in most cases, does not allow use of headphones in its races. The rationale for this is simple: the majority of our races are held on trails, which are crowded with many other runners (and sometimes other trail users). Maintaining one’s sensory capacity during such situations is paramount for the safety of all participants.