Guides join Enduro Ranch because they genuinely enjoy sharing their passion for amazing experiences with riders of all levels. It’s not about accolades, impressing you with their speed or scaring your boots off with terrain that’s well beyond your comfort zone. This is about your ride, not theirs. We’re here for the first timer and the extremely advanced. Every ride is tailored so that you get the most of what you want out of the journey.

Our idea of “leading the way” includes giving you room to go as fast and hard as you want, as well as letting you acclimate and take in eye-opening scenery while bringing up the rear. It also means going through the permitting process for US Forest Service and BLM lands, as well as doing our part to stay on the trail and leave places better than we found them. 

Any time you’re ready to push out of your comfort zone, Enduro Ranch guides will be right there, coaching you, encouraging you and cheering you on. And, don’t let the soft talk fool you, if you want to rally the gnar, Enduro Ranch Guides will happily guarantee that you’ll end your journey spent.

Come, discover new places, with us as your guide.

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Brett Johnson

Founder

Growing up in the foothills of C. Springs, Founder, Brett Johnson, has been fortunate enough to be on the leading edge of extreme sports prior to the coining of the term “singletrack” or “extreme”. Beginning in bmx and motocross racing, Brett transitioned his love for air, flow and impalement into a career in snowboarding as a professional rider, product designer and animator. Those highlights include building the 1st permanent US snowboard park at Breck, appearing in multiple films and OG print mags, the making of iconic Crusty Demos of Dirt films and awards from HBO and The US Comedy Arts for the his GI Joe Vs Ski Fun Ken Doll short film.

After a 15 year hiatus from moto and Colorado, Brett returned home ready to ride. But even with digital maps and miles of nearby trails, exactly what and how to ride for enduro was an intimidating and elusive. Thus, in 2016 the concept for Enduro Ranch was born. With the help of friends, like-minded instructors and guides, and riders interested in Riding More Places Better, the company has grown year after year to legally provide guiding and instruction throughout Colorado.

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Ian Leeming

Guide | Instructor

Ian started riding because he loved being outdoors, seeing new places, and developing friendships. Off road riding teaches skills that translate to many aspects of life; independence, awareness, preparedness and enjoying everything vast and minute about nature. Ian’s a firm believer that sharing a day on the trail with someone creates lasting memories. He has deep knowledge and passion for Western Slope of Colorado and Eastern Utah trail systems and an exceptional sense for matching a rider’s ability with suitable terrain. “Everyone has their own style and pace of what they enjoy in life”, an approach that elevates the overall quality of the riding experience. First timer to Expert, he’ll confidently create a tour that you’ll enjoy and likely want to replicate again and again!
 
Ian competes in the 45A class for the RMEC series, and carried the #1 plate in the Sr. ADV class of the RMTA (Rocky Mountain Trials Association) in 2019.
 
Ian’s the Head Honcho of our Western Slope base near Peach Valley OHV and is available for single-day, multiple-day off-road tours and enduro or trials instruction. Don’t have a trials bike? No problem. Let’s talk!

Kevin Busch

Guide | Instructor

In all fairness we can’t list Kevin as a guide or instructor without mentioning Michele, they really come as a duo. Though extensive, their list of accolades doesn’t do them justice. They’re just amazing people full of greatness. 

Kevin is a veteran trials rider and baja racer. They’ll be racing the NORRA Mexican 1000 again this year at the end of May and Kevin will be pursuing another Expert overall #1 plate in the RMTA. Think about it, a guy who rides an XR650 with his girl across the sandy rollers of Baja at speed AND competes on an ultra-light braap bike in trials.

Probably has a few tips, if you ask. 

Evan Manniko

Instructor

At 16, Evan had already ridden for 13 years and took home the #1 Jr. Trials plate in Colorado. Nobody can say he cheated by having a dad who’s won multiple NATC Expert Trials championships and professional podium seasons, but, it may have helped a bit. We can all stand to learn how to ride better from this young chap. And, likely more of value, is learning from Evan’s thoughtful, concise and warm teaching style. Chill and observant in his coaching style Evan’s approachable and insightful. Kids and adults continually let us know how much the appreciated their experience learning from Evan.

 

From a technique standpoint Evan’s consistency is striking. You’ll be stunned when he goes into Demo Mode. Evan won’t just get it right to set an example, he’ll do it exactly the same . . . every time. It’s a true showing of his expertise in the discipline. We’re always pushing to spend more time on and enduro bike but he somehow manages to come out and keep the pace on a Factory Sherco trials bike. 

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Andrew Lee

Guide | Instructor

From Technical enduro, MX tracks, & wide open deserts, to mellow sightseeing missions, Andrew’s turned countless people on to the joys of riding dirtbikes. As a former Director of Kids Programming for Lake County, Andy understands, first hand, the balance and nuances of working with youth and parents to provide first-rate amazing experiences.

His riding and mechanical fluency help keep riders of any level geared up and dialed in for their ride. And, as a 22 year Leadville resident, Andy’s intimate knowledge of Colorado’s trail systems gives riders the opportunity cruise miles of Colorado’s diverse terrain or tackle the high country’s gnarliest trails.

Keith Woodard - Coach and Guide for Enduro Ranch

Keith Woodard

Guide | Instructor

Born and raised by a dirtbiking family in Michigan, Keith started riding single track at age 5. Keith’s a former V.P. of the Capital Chapter and a lifer of the C.C.C. (Cycle Conservation Club) of MI and has spent many years marking and maintaining the trail systems. Keith consistently raced hare scrambles and enduro’s and organized and put on trail tour events. In addition to being highlighted on the cover of MI’s Trail Rider Magazine hammering amazing single track and was featured in several articles.

Keith excels in coaching beginner riders and has a  laid back and calm approach that our clients really enjoy. He’s dedicated to not only the growth of riders, but the sport and its supporting organizations.

John Donakowski

Guide

Born and raised in the Sierra Nevadas of Nor Cal, John Donakowski was next door neighbors with 60,000 acres of Stanislaus National Forest. Circa age 9 he rallied his first ride, a Honda CT70. Soon he’d requisition his old man’s 250 Elsinore.

John loves everything riding; pre testing, prep, route planning and getting all the gear together, as well as ride pre-stoke and on through post ride memorable stories. John’s an experienced large group honcho, organizing and corralling rides in places like Northern California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, and Colorado mountains. 

Favorite trail: White Rim Trail Moab
Favorite riders: Johnny Cambell, Ricky Johnson, Graham Jarvis, Travis Pastrana
Favorite quote: “Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing” Hunter S Thompson

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