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Off-Road Trails: Colorado

Colorado is the land of epic views and incredible trails

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Most people know Colorado for the Rocky Mountains, but it’s not until you actually venture to the state that you see the true expansiveness of this mountain range. East of Denver, the Rocky Mountains plaster the horizon with an incredible, awe-inspiring view. It is without a doubt one of the best places in the United States for off-road lovers.

Colorado trails extend for miles and miles in the mountains and the state makes for a truly memorable off-road experience. We’ll see you on the trail!

Destination Yamaha

If you are looking for an off-road adventure in Colorado but you don’t feel like towing an ATV or UTV all the way there, Destination Yamaha has a pair of locations in the state where you can rent a machine.

These rental partners have everything you need for an amazing off-road experience aboard a Yamaha ATV or UTV on some of the best terrain in the state.

Pagosa Springs – Rocky Mountains Adventure
Lakewood – Extreme Rentals

Distance Hundreds of Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Silverton or Lake City, Colo.

Alpine Loop Trail System

Distance Hundreds of Miles

Skill Level All

Trailhead Silverton or Lake City, Colo.

One of the most scenic trails in the entire country has to the Alpine Loop Trail System. You may have seen the sights of Colorado before – massive tree lines, incredible mountain peaks, and logging roads that make for the perfect off-road trails. The Alpine Look seemingly has it all. Starting from the trailhead near Silverton, you can do on seemingly endless roads and trails. Careful, though, the roads get busy in the summertime. Accommodations can be found in Silverton (a main kickoff point for the trail), or in cities like Lake City. While there is no shortage of RV and hotel accommodations, be sure to book early in the year as the summer season (the only time to ride at this high elevation) books up fast. Keep in mind the high altitude is a strain on your body and machine here, but it offers some of the most scenic and awe-inspiring backcountry in the world! This is an experience you will want to share with family and friends.

ATV Trails Colorado

Size 10,000+ Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead Grand Junction, Colo.

Grand Valley OHV Area

Size 10,000+ Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead Grand Junction, Colo.

Located near the Grand Junction area, Grand Valley OHV has a wide variety of terrain that is suited to many different riding styles. In this area, there is primitive camping allowed for all of you who like to “rough it” for the night. It’s really not “roughing it” though, as this place offers so much fun. Nearby Grand Junction has all of the supplies you could need to help make this trip fun and memorable for the entire family.

Size 6,000 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailheads Southern - French Gulch; Northern - Tiger Road

Golden Horseshoe Trail System

Size 6,000 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailheads Southern - French Gulch; Northern - Tiger Road

6,000 acres of mountain trails characterize this trail system, which can accommodate all kinds of different rigs. Golden Horseshoe is characterized by phenomenal Rocky Mountain backdrops, and the trail system has two staging areas (North – Tiger Road, South – French Gulch). If you are looking to camp, primitive camping is available at both staging areas.

Size 300+ Acres

Skill Level Experienced

Trailhead Cowdrey, Colo.

North Sand Hills Special Management Recreational Area

Size 300+ Acres

Skill Level Experienced

Trailhead Cowdrey, Colo.

You’ve probably heard of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado, which is closed to motor vehicles. But did you know that there are sand dunes in Colorado open to off-road recreation? North Sand Hills is located in the northern part of the state and includes open riding for sand aficionados everywhere. The nearby town of Walden has supplies, but come prepared as this area is definitely off the beaten path. Plus, there are 13 individual campsites in a small campground, along with primitive campsites scattered.

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