ATV Trails Guide Colorado Central Mountains  by Charles A. Wells

ATV Trails Guide Colorado: Central Mountains Guide Book

by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)
ATV Trails Guide Colorado Central Mountains  by Charles A. Wells
Precise directions, custom maps and stunning color photos guide you to and through the best ATV trails in central Colorado. Most routes are day trips from Denver and other front-range cities. Thrilling rides for all skill levels. Learn where to unload and the best places to camp. Stay on course with handy GPS waypoints. Trails are great for dirt bikes and dual sport bikes, as well.

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Trails from the "ATV Trails Guide Colorado: Central Mountains" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 31.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 31.

Very scenic route to high mountain lake. Significant remains at Conqueror Mine. Fun route with stream crossings and several old cabins. “Empire Hilton” is functioning cabin with wood-burning stove, beds, blankets, furniture, clothing, food, cooking utensils and interesting pictures on the wall. Please sign guest book inside cabin. The small town of Empire has a gas station, post office, local eating spots and a few interesting stores.
Empire, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 16.8
A wide variety of twisting roads perfect for ATVs. Most routes are between 9,000 and 11,000 feet; however, a few places, like Resolution Mountain, approach 12,000 ft. Distant views of Mt. Holy Cross and great seasonal wildflowers. A popular hiking and horseback riding area. Please stop and shut off your engine around horses. The combined distance of the two adjoining loops is 42 miles. Take your time and enjoy a full day of riding. Take a second day and ride in reverse direction for a completely different experience. Climb steeply through dense forest to Resolution Mountain, then descend back down to multiple crossings of Wearyman Creek. Climb steep, rocky Lime Creek Road and return via easy but beautiful Shrine Pass Road. Finish with final climb up Wearyman Creek to Ptarmigan Pass and return via easy Resolution Road. Other nearby route: Red & White Mountain, Trail #17, is located north of I-70 at Vail.
Leadville, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 42
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Variety of terrain is fun for moderately skilled riders. See scattered ruins of 1869 gold rush town of Caribou.* Popular weekend camping destination close to Boulder. Environmentally sensitive area due to heavy use. Minimum $1,000 fine for riding off existing marked routes. Report violators. Pack out your trash. Douse camp fires.
Nederland, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 18
Trails meander along a high ridge east of Buena Vista with stunning views of the Collegiate Peaks in distance. Because of sandy soil, the trails are always changing due to erosion and repacking. This results in twisting and undulating terrain that is fun to ride and usually not difficult. It is absolutely critical that you stay on existing trails. The basic route described here is about 27 miles and takes 2 to 3 hours. Allow a full day to cover the entire north side. The trail heads east then circles around large loop to return via same route. This allows an opportunity to try side trails in either direction. Riders of different abilities can split up, then rejoin.
Johnson Village, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 27
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Great riding because key trails are for ATVs only, not Jeeps (a few single-track routes, too). Narrow, twisting trails with banked curves are fun to ride. Minimal whoops. Challenging, but not overly difficult. Great views from high points along route. Two great ATV loops connected by twisting and undulating forest roads. After riding two loops, continue on easy road to beautiful state park along the Arkansas River. On way back, take steep, rocky side trip up 9,700-ft. Bald Mountain.
Johnson Village, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 33.7
The trails described here are only a sample of the many trails available. Skilled riders will find many challenges if they explore the entire trail system. Although trailheads are well-marked, it is still easy to get confused as you get deeper into the forest. Don’t ride alone. Beginners should stay on main roads at first. Challenges begin immediately as you wind tightly through the trees above Stillwater Pass Road. The next leg starts easy, but can be difficult during long rainy periods. A steep descent down Trail Creek Loop leads to relatively easy Beaver Line Loop Trail. Return along a narrow twisting trail with many bridges before one final narrow climb back to Stillwater Pass Road. No vehicles wider than 48.
Grand Lake, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 18.8
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Convenient day trip from front range. Good weekend adventure when combined with Trail #7. Higher points along route have views of front range. Popular mountain bike route. Be courteous.
Lyons, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 10.2
Impressive views from very high pass. A short, enjoyable trip even if you can’t get over pass. Seasonal wildflowers by stream on east side. Nothing significant to see at bottom of west side, but it is a fun ride. Great hiking at Butler Gulch and along the Continental Divide. Continental Divide hiking trail is also popular with mountain bikers who can ride north all the way to Winter Park.
Empire, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 13
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Challenging forest ride close to Loveland and Ft. Collins. Scenery is pleasant but not outstanding. Primitive camping along route but no developed campgrounds.
LaPorte, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 18
You’ll be telling your friends about this one—a true Colorado high. Go on a clear day to enjoy the fantastic views. Allow enough time for side trips to Mount White, Browns Lake and Boulder Mountain. Camp and fish at Browns Lake and along Baldwin Creek.
Buena Vista, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 23.2
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The map shown here covers the southern half of the OHV area, most of which was not affected by the Hayman Fire. The trails are fun and the scenery is great. It would take several days of hard riding to cover all the trails in the area. Entering the area via 717A is the closest starting point to Woodland Park, but it is also the most difficult entry route. If you’re up to the challenge, however, you’ll find the ride extremely enjoyable. A variety of surprises continue along the route. As described here, the trail measures 43.4 miles and takes 4 to 6 hours depending on riding skills.
Woodland Park, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 43.4
This is a unique opportunity to ride on sand dunes in Colorado. The area is small but a great deal of fun. Explore a network of dirt roads north of the dunes and stay on existing roads at all times. Whip flags and helmets are recommended. Bring your own firewood and pack out trash. The introductory loop described here is easy, about 7.2 miles, and takes about an hour. Allow a day to explore the entire area. There is plenty of dispersed camping within walking distance of toilets. The road is sandy and soft in places. Inspect firmness of area when selecting a camp spot.
Walden, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 7.2
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Dense mining area with many standing structures of historical significance. To learn more, read information boards at Shirley Townsite and Bonanza. Route follows 1890s toll road built by Otto Mears. Road climbs over scenic ridge above 11,000 feet.
Salida, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 32
Main road is short but leads to interesting and photogenic structures at the Pennsylvania Mine. Moderately skilled riders should have no problem with optional Chihuahua and Warden Gulches. To extend your day in this beautiful area, add a picnic or hike.
Keystone, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 8.8
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Out-and-back route offers moderate challenges as it winds through Roosevelt National Forest south of Estes Park. The area, adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park, is scenic but views are limited to a few high points along the route. Pierson Park Road can also be accessed from the north end, but your transport vehicle must climb a steep rocky road to small parking area beyond a residential development.
Lyons, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 16.5
Fun area for all skill levels. Additional marked side roads to explore. See historic Bunce School and wreckage of 1965 plane crash.* Please treat site with respect; two young Air Force officers died here. LEAVE WRECKAGE AS YOU FIND IT. Ironclads route is for advanced riders only. Hike to top of Ironclads for great views.
Lyons, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 26
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A small area but the riding is fun. Great place to camp with family over a weekend but you’ll have to carry camping gear on ATV. Confined area limits kids wandering off too far. Make sure everyone stays on marked trails at all times. Don’t trample vegetation around campsites. Don’t cut across meadows or shortcut between roads.
Estes Park, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 6
Photogenic mine buildings remain in relatively good condition. Short, but difficult climb to large lakes above timberline. Great views from Mary Murphy Mine near 12,000 ft. A short but fun ride.
Buena Vista, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 6.3
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This is a very popular OHV area with many miles of challenging and scenic trails. Only a portion are described here. Unfortunately, the area has been subject to a great deal of abuse. It is critical that you ride on marked trails at all times. Pack out your trash and pick up after others whenever possible. Report violators.
Woodland Park, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 18
The routes shown here are only a small sample of the many miles of trails in the area. Route-finding can be confusing. The best detailed map of the area is published by the Rampart Range Motorcycle Management Committee. (To obtain, see “Services” below.)
Sedalia, CO - Off-Highway Drives - Trail Length: 32.4
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