Best Off-Highway Drives in Colorado

This list represents the most popular off-highway drives in Colorado. Use this list to plan your next Colorado off-highway drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Mount Baldy

    5 Reviews

    Colorado Springs, CO

    Short, convenient drive to high point above Colorado Springs. An exhilarating backcountry experience with great views of the front range. Unlicensed vehicles are permitted on F.S. 379 but not ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2 hours or more
    •  12.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Short, convenient drive to high point above Colorado Springs. An exhilarating backcountry experience with great views of ...

  • #2 Pole Hill

    6 Reviews

    Estes Park, CO

    This small 4-wheel-drive area is one of the best-kept secrets in northern Colorado. Connected loops offer a variety of terrain that is fun to drive. Great camp spots with incredible views of ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  1-2 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    This small 4-wheel-drive area is one of the best-kept secrets in northern Colorado. Connected loops offer a variety of terrain ...

  • #3 Mount Herman and Rampart Range Road

    4 Reviews

    Monument, CO

    The trail starts in Garden of the Gods Park and climbs to Rampart Reservoir where you find great hiking, mountain biking, camping, boating, and fishing. Views are breathtaking at every turn. ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  3 to 5 hours
    •  36 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail starts in Garden of the Gods Park and climbs to Rampart Reservoir where you find great hiking, mountain biking, ...

  • #4 Mosquito Pass

    4 Reviews

    Leadville, CO

    This is the highest pass road in Colorado open to travel. Views from the 13,185 foot summit are impressive on a clear day. Legal side roads can be difficult, especially Birdseye Gulch, which ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  13.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This is the highest pass road in Colorado open to travel. Views from the 13,185 foot summit are impressive on a clear day. ...

  • #5 Oh-My-God Road

    2 Reviews

    Idaho Springs, CO

    Route passes through historic mining country and ghost town of Russel Gulch on way to popular gambling towns. Route described here, going up, shortcuts the paved portion of Virginia Canyon Road ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  1 hour
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    Route passes through historic mining country and ghost town of Russel Gulch on way to popular gambling towns. Route described ...

  • #6 Apex Road

    3 Reviews

    Central City, CO

    A scenic drive from Central City to historic Apex and beyond. A few people still live in Apex, so it is not considered a ghost town. There are interesting cemeteries just outside Central City. ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  1-2 hours
    •  11.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A scenic drive from Central City to historic Apex and beyond. A few people still live in Apex, so it is not considered a ...

  • #7 Rollins Pass East

    3 Reviews

    Rollinsville, CO

    Rollins Pass Road, also known as the Moffat Road, follows the course of an historically significant railroad route. It is one of the most popular backroads in Colorado despite the fact that the ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  3-4 hours
    •  40 miles
    •  Guide

    Rollins Pass Road, also known as the Moffat Road, follows the course of an historically significant railroad route. It is ...

  • #8 Plane Crash, Ironclads

    3 Reviews

    Lyons, CO

    See wreckage from a 1965 military plane crash. (More details in “Historical Highlights” next page.) Hardcore challenges, views and great camp spots on Ironclads route. ATVs allowed on all marked ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  5-6 hours
    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    See wreckage from a 1965 military plane crash. (More details in “Historical Highlights” next page.) Hardcore challenges, ...

  • #9 Jones Pass

    2 Reviews

    Empire, CO

    A relatively good road surface given the high altitude at pass. Stunning 360° views from top. Not heavily traveled despite its easy access from Denver. ATVs are allowed on main road but not on ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2-3 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    A relatively good road surface given the high altitude at pass. Stunning 360° views from top. Not heavily traveled despite ...

  • #10 Middle St. Vrain, Coney Flats Road

    4 Reviews

    Lyons, CO

    Convenient out-and-back route is challenging but not overwhelming. Two forest service campgrounds and dispersed camping along trail. Short hike to Timberline Waterfalls along Middle St. Vrain ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  \4-5 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Convenient out-and-back route is challenging but not overwhelming. Two forest service campgrounds and dispersed camping along ...

  • #11 Loch Lomond

    2 Reviews

    Idaho Springs, CO

    Short, beautiful drive to picturesque lake near timberline. Photogenic stream with seasonal wildflowers along upper portion of route. Hike short distance to waterfall at northwest corner of lake. ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  1 hour
    •  4.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Short, beautiful drive to picturesque lake near timberline. Photogenic stream with seasonal wildflowers along upper portion ...

  • #12 Dakan Road/ Long Hollow Road

    3 Reviews

    Sedalia, CO

    A unique east/west OHV route across Rampart Range that connects to many ATV and dirt bike trails in the Rampart Range Recreation Area. Camping, parking and fires in designated sites only. Day ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  3 to 4 hours for all options
    •  23.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A unique east/west OHV route across Rampart Range that connects to many ATV and dirt bike trails in the Rampart Range Recreation ...

  • #13 Kingston Peak

    2 Reviews

    Idaho Springs, CO

    Most of this route is above timberline with outstanding 360degree views much of the way. Several fourteeners can be seen from the top, including Longs Peak to the north and Mt. Evans to the south. ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2-3 hours
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Most of this route is above timberline with outstanding 360degree views much of the way. Several fourteeners can be seen ...

  • #14 Clear Lake

    1 Reviews

    Silverton, CO

    This route runs through a beautiful valley close to Silverton offers great hiking, biking and fishing. Large open campgrounds along South Mineral Creek suitable for motorhomes. Spectacular climb ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2 hours
    •  16.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This route runs through a beautiful valley close to Silverton offers great hiking, biking and fishing. Large open campgrounds ...

  • #15 Caribou 4WD Route

    3 Reviews

    Boulder, CO

    Fun route for stock vehicles with a variety of challenges. Trail sometimes doesn’t open until late June or early July depending upon winter snowpack. Route skirts eastern border of Indian Peaks ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Fun route for stock vehicles with a variety of challenges. Trail sometimes doesn’t open until late June or early July depending ...

  • #16 Pierson Park Road

    4 Reviews

    Estes Park, CO

    Lightly-used scenic backroad that runs parallel to Highway 7 from Estes Park to Meeker Park. ATVs allowed inside marked forest gates. Steep and rocky in places. Suitable for most 4WD, high-clearance ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2.5-3 hours
    •  12.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Lightly-used scenic backroad that runs parallel to Highway 7 from Estes Park to Meeker Park. ATVs allowed inside marked forest ...

  • #17 Eagle Rock

    2 Reviews

    Colorado Springs, CO

    Eagle Rock refers to the first half of the trail that climbs and merges with Mount Baldy at Deer Park. The route described here adds an exit route. This route passes through a remote area down ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  Half day for full loop
    •  6.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Eagle Rock refers to the first half of the trail that climbs and merges with Mount Baldy at Deer Park. The route described ...

  • #18 Balanced Rock Road

    3 Reviews

    Monument, CO

    A fun road that descends to a remote camp spot above Palmer Lake. Side road ends at wind-protected picnic spot at base of large rock outcrop. Views of front range from top of rock. Good ATV trail. ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2.5 to 3 hours for all options
    •  15.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A fun road that descends to a remote camp spot above Palmer Lake. Side road ends at wind-protected picnic spot at base of ...

  • #19 Devil's Punchbowl

    1 Reviews

    Marble, CO

    Every year, thousands of tourists drive their SUVs to the famous Crystal Mill and the historic town of Crystal. Only the most serious four-wheelers continue up through the Devil’s Punchbowl. ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2 hours or more
    •  10.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Every year, thousands of tourists drive their SUVs to the famous Crystal Mill and the historic town of Crystal. Only the ...

  • #20 Rollins Past West

    5 Reviews

    Winter Park, CO

    Scenic route follows an old railroad grade used prior to the existence of the Moffat Tunnel. You can reach the Needle’s Eye Tunnel and east side of the Twin Trestles by taking the more difficult ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  4-6 hours
    •  28 miles
    •  Guide

    Scenic route follows an old railroad grade used prior to the existence of the Moffat Tunnel. You can reach the Needle’s Eye ...