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Avalanche Trailhead Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Avalanche Trailhead is located 6 miles west of Buena Vista on Cottonwood Pass. It provides access to Segment 13 of the Colorado Trail that leads from North Cottonwood Creek to Chalk Creek.
Battlement #2 Trail Rifle Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This section of Battlement would be a good day hike of approximately 3 miles from Beaver Creek to West Mamm.
Beaver Meadows/First Notch Area Unimproved Road Columbine Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
The Beaver Meadows area offers large parks for riding across open terrain without trails. The road is not marked with signs.
Big Buck Basin Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This area offers some excellent opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
Big Meadows Cross-Country Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Parking is available at the Big Meadows turnoff on U.S. Highway 160.
Big Meadows Reservoir Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
Rainbow trout, brook trout and some native cutthroat trout are in the reservoir. There is ample parking and turn around space and a paved boat ramp at the north end. Boating is suitable for rafts to small motor boats.
Bristol Head Peak Road 532 Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
From the head of Bristol Head Peak, a magnificent panoramic view of the entire region exists for miles in summer and winter.
Brush Creek Road #738 Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This road is a popular route for off-road vehicles, including mountain bikes, between Aspen and Crested Butte. The road is extremely technical when it nears Pearl Pass.
Buford-New Castle Road Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This route takes you from Buford, 22 miles east of Meeker on the White River, to New Castle, 44 miles south, on the Colorado River between Glenwood Springs and Rifle. The road is gravel.
Burro Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
This road provides ample camping or picnicking spots. The road is very rough and better suited for jeeps and other short wheel base vehicles.
Cement Creek Road #740 Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This road follows Cement Creek it's entire distance. It is a popular, but remote area for many types of summer and winter recreation opportunities.
Cottonwood Lake Campground Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The immediate area surrounding Cottonwood Lake Campground is wooded by small aspen trees. The site is located in the central Rocky Mountains.
Creede Poker Run Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The snowmobile trail follows roads, trails, and traverses cross country through both open and timbered areas.
Deadman Road Canyon Lakes Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail begins a few miles past Redfeather Lakes and continues to the Laramie River Road.
Denny Creek Trailhead Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Denny Creek Trailhead provides access to the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, as well as Hartenstein Lake Trail, Browns Pass Trail and Mt. Yale Trail.
Devil Slide Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Devil Slide Trail leads 6.4 miles south from trail 675 to trail 677. The trail is rated for intermediate to expert ability levels and sees moderate use.
Eagle/Thomasville Road Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This road is not a four wheel drive road, but is very dangerous and slippery when wet. Do not drive on it if rain is in the forecast or it has recently rained!
East Creek Trail Columbine Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
Brook trout can be caught in this lightly used, scenic drainage.
East Lime Creek General Forest Area Columbine Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular in this area and there are a number of well-marked trails for winter sports enthusiasts.
East Lime Creek Group Picnic Ground Columbine Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
East Lime Creek Picnic Ground is just south of Molas Pass adjacent to U.S. Highway 550. With two tables and toilets, the picnic ground is a convenient rest stop for travelers.
Express Creek Road to Taylor Pass Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a popular high-altitude jeep route beginning at Express Creek Road. Because of the altitude snow is often present well into mid-July.
Flat Rock Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Flat Rock Motorized Trail, # 674, leads 4.1 miles between Cabin Ridge Trail and Bar Trail. It is rated at an intermediate ability level and gets heavy use.
Four Mile Road Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This road passes through aspen and conifer groves and meadows. It is used mainly by campers, hunters, bikers and drivers who want to see some beautiful scenery.
Gramp's Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Gramp's Trail, #657, leads 2.7 miles southwest from Rampart Range Road to Trail 675. The trailhead for this intermediate connector lies 5.75 miles south of Highway 67 on Rampart Range Road.
Green Ridge Four-Wheel Drive Road Canyon Lakes Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail runs between the Laramie River Road at Chambers Lake to the Bald Mountain Jeep Trail. It is open to hikers, horsemen, four-wheel drives, ATVs and bicyclists.
Hackett Gulch Loop South Park Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Hackett Gulch area encompasses the beautiful canyon along the South Platte River. Fishing, camping and motorized recreation are popular pastimes along this stretch of the river.
Hagerman Pass Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Visitors traveling the entire Hagerman Pass Road from Turquoise Lake Road (Forest Road 105) to Fryingpan Lakes Road (State Highway 4) drive 22.5 miles.
Hagerman Pass Road Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Hagerman Pass area is a relaxing ride packed with tons of beautiful scenery. There are campgrounds at Turquoise lake and Ruedi Reservoir that provide convenient camping and fishing.
Halfmoon Road Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Halfmoon Road begins on Fish Hatchery Road (#300) and continue to the Champion Mine. The first 7 miles are accessible to 2 WD vehicles.
Homestake Road Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Homestake Road is an improved dirt road which runs up the scenic Homestake Creek Valley to Homestake Reservoir. It accesses numerous trails and three campgrounds.
Independence Pass Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This mountain-pass road is one of the best ways to see some amazing scenery out of your car window. It crosses the Continental Divide at Independence Pass (elevation 12,095 feet.)
Indian Point Grand Junction Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This is a moderate to more difficult trail but is excellent for day use or overnight trips. The Point offers scenery for many miles.
Kebler Pass Road Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This dirt road leads through the West Elk Mountains and connects Paonia to Crested Butte. It is maintained from Memorial Day through October.
Kobey Park Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Kobey Park is an old logging area with many spur roads winding through it. This is a fairly well maintained 4 WD road, used by mountain bikes, 4 WD's, dirt bikes, and snowmobiles in the winter.
Lake Irwin Cross-country Ski Trail Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The Lake Irwin Ski Route can be used as an addition to the Kebler Pass Route. If you plan to eat lunch at Irwin Lodge call in advance for accommodations.
Lime Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a short spur off the Shrine Pass Road. It can be accessed from either the Redcliff or the Vail Pass end of the Shrine Pass Road.
Lincoln Creek Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
There is access to many activities along the first six miles of the road. The section of road from Grizzly Reservoir to the ghost town of Ruby is much less traveled and suitable only for hiking, mountain biking and 4 WD.
Little Annie Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This road is fairly well maintained, but used heavily by 4 WD's, especially on weekends. This is a very scenic ride with great views of the Castle Creek Valley.
Long Hollow Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Long Hollow Trail, #649, leads 5.5 miles south from Noodle Trail, #677. The route has an intermediate rating and receives little use. It may be made into a loop ride in connection with Trout Creek Trail, #649.
Lost Canyon Road #743 Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Lost Canyon Road is a popular place for motorized vehicles and mountain bikes. It leads to and intersects with several other four-wheel drive roads northeast of Gunnison.
Maroon Creek Area Maroon Creek Area,
Aspen Ranger District
The Maroon Creek area is located southwest of Aspen. The scenic Maroon Bells are the focal point of this area but not the only attraction.
Maroon Creek Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Maroon Creek Road leads to Maroon Lake and the Maroon Bells, the most photographed mountains in the country. This route is good for taking an all day trip with a picnic stop.
Meadow Mountain/ Line Shack Trail Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail follows an old road from the Holy Cross Ranger District Office, up Meadow Mountain to a small cabin known as the Line Shack.
Meeker vicinity Snowmobiling Area Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Meeker area offers ample snowfall, miles of trails and thousands of acres of open parks for almost unlimited snowmobiling opportunities. Following includes a list of open areas.
Michigan Ditch Cross-country Ski Trail Canyon Lakes Ranger District,
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
This trail lies mainly on the Colorado State Forest. It leads from Cameron Pass, south to Michigan Lakes.
Midnight Mine Four-Wheel Drive Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This is a fairly well maintained dirt road with several steep sections. It is not used by four-wheel drives as much as Little Annie or Summer Roads.
Mirror Lake Road # 267 Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
The first four miles of this road from Tincup to Mirror Lake are usually passable by two-wheel drive vehicles.
Montezuma Basin Four-Wheel Drive Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
There is often snow on the road well into July. This road is very rugged, and in some sections is located in a stream.
No Name/Wurtz Ditch Four-Wheel Drive Road Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The No Name Jeep Road is located south of Minturn. The road can link to Wurtz Ditch creating a loop back along Hwy. 24, however, snow fields remain late into the summer and the link is often not possible.
Noodle Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Noodle Trail, #677, is the longest trail in the Rampart Range Motorized Trail System. Consequently, it also has the most varied terrain. The trail leads 12.3 miles from Highway 67 southwest to Rampart Range Road.
North Clear Creek Road 510/Santa Maria-Seepage Road 509 Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The route crosses open parks and rolling aspen-covered hills. Beautiful views of Bristol Head Peak and the surrounding mountains of the Continental Divide, as well as North Clear Creek waterfall are available.
Ohio Creek Road Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Ohio Creek Road leads 23.5 miles north from Gunnison to Kebler Pass. Its a great place to see the Colorado wildflowers in bloom during the summer and the golden hue of aspen trees in autumn.
Overlook Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Overlook Trail, #682, leads 2.8 miles southeast from Flat Rocks Campground to Rim Road. The terrain is rated intermediate and it connects with Trails 681, 683 and 685.
Pearl Pass Four-Wheel Drive Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Despite the likelihood of snow on the road well into July, the Pearl Pass Road is heavily used especially on weekends. The road is very rocky and steep in sections and often impassable in a vehicle.
Pieplant Creek Road # 742.8F Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This road provides access to Pieplant Creek, Timberline Trail and the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.
Power Line Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Power Line Trail, #690, follows power lines that run parallel to Rampart Range Road. The trail leads north-south for 7.7 miles from Highway 67 to Cabin Ridge Picnic Ground.
Rainbow Lake Winter Recreation Site Dillon Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Rainbow Lake area is located just south of Frisco. It provides winter opportunities for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Ranch Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This jeep road south of Minturn, climbs four miles from Camp Hale, to scenic meadows with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
Red Mountain Creek Road # 742.8H Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This road accesses Timberline Trail (no 4 WD vehicles allowed) and Red Mountain Creek. The first mile of the road is usually passable by two-wheel drive vehicles.
Red Sandstone/ Lost Lake Road Cross-country Ski Trail Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This trail follows Red Sandstone Road north of Vail to Lost Lake Road and eventually to Lost Lake. There are a number of other forks off of Red Sandstone Road.
Red Sandstone/Piney River Ranch Road Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Red Sandstone Road provides the main access to a large area north of Vail. The road begins in the town of Vail and is passable in two-wheel drive vehicles.
Richmond Hill Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Richmond Hill extends from the top of Aspen Mountain to the south, forming the eastern ridge of the Castle Creek Valley. From this vantage point users have a great view of many of the surrounding mountains in the Aspen area.
Rocky Brook Road Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Rocky Brook Road, Forest Road 748, leads from Spring Creek Road to Taylor River Road. The Star Trailhead lies on Rocky Brook Road.
Russell Gulch Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Russell Gulch Trail, #693, leads north 6.5 miles from Sprucewood. It passes over Bear Mountain and through Russell Gulch to County Road 97 and the Platte River.
Scotty's Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Scotty's Trail, #681, leads 6.8 miles south from Forest Road 507 to Devils Head Road. This trail serves as a connecting route from northern trails in the system to southern trails in the system.
Shrine Pass Road Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Shrine Pass Road is an improved gravel road which runs from Redcliff, over Shrine Pass, to the top of Vail Pass.
Sig Creek Campground Columbine Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
Sig Creek Campground is six miles west of the Purgatory resort, on the Hermosa Park Road (Forest Road 578). Nine sites on four acres sit on a south-facing hillside about 0.25 mile from the East Fork of Hermosa Creek.
Sleepy Cat General Forest Area Blanco Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Sleepy Cat area offers access to a number of four-wheel drive roads, trails, and hunting. It is located in the northwest portion of the Blanco Ranger District, northeast of Meeker.
Smuggler Mountain Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Smuggler Road is used heavily by mountain bikes, runners, hikers and their dogs. Smuggler Road provides a short (1-1/2 mile) work out with great views of Aspen, which makes it very popular.
Spring Creek Pass (FR 513) Divide Ranger District,
Rio Grande National Forest
The trail is marked with orange diamonds. Snowmobilers help pack the trail on a regular basis.
Spring Creek Snowmobile Area Dillon Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Spring Creek area is located between Silverthorne and Kremmling. It provides a some of the best snowmobiling terrain on the Dillon District.
St. Kevin Road Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
St. Kevin Road can be used for many recreation opportunities. Four-wheel drivers, motorcyclists, mountain bikers and ATV riders can enjoy it during the summer months. Snowmobilers enjoy it during the winter.
Taylor Pass Road Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Taylor Pass Road climbs from Taylor Park to Taylor Pass (11,928 feet). Access to the pass may be obtained from Ashcroft or Taylor Park.
Taylor Pass Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
This road climbs from the Taylor River Valley, over Taylor Pass, to the Castle Creek Valley, near Ashcroft. This road can be very rough at times, check at District Office before using.
Texas Creek Road #755 Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Texas Creek Road provides access to the western boundary of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area. This part of the wilderness is not heavily used and a good place to seek solitude.
Thompson Creek Road Sopris Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Thompson Creek Road provides access for many hiking and biking trails including the following: South Thompson, Lake Ridge Lakes, Mid Thompson, South Branch of Mid Thompson and Dexter Park. It passes through aspen groves and crosses many small streams.
Tigiwon Road Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
Tigiwon Road climbs from just south of Minturn, up to Tigiwon Lodge, Tigiwon Campground, and several trailheads.
Tomahawk Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Tomahawk Trail is located on the northern end of the Rampart Range Motorized Trail System. It leads 3.2 miles north from Forest Road 507 to Trail #686.
Trout Creek Motorized Trail South Platte Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Trout Creek Trail, #649, leads in a 6.2 mile westward loop from Rampart Range Road. The trail passes through Trout Creek, which provides excellent fishing opportunities, but may be impassable in spring.
Turquoise Lake Dam Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The trail runs from the Sugar Loaf Dam to May Queen campground, paralleling the shoreline of Turquoise Lake.
Union Park Road Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
This road accesses Lottis Creek and Gold Creek Trail in the Fossil Ridge Wilderness.
Vallecito Area (Middle Mountain) Snowmobiling Area Columbine Ranger District,
San Juan National Forest
This trail follows Forest Road 724 to the top of Middle Mountain, about 11 miles, climbing 10,800 feet. Near the top of Middle Mountain there are numerous points to stop and view surrounding high mountain peaks.
Warren Lakes Road Aspen Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The portion of the road to Warren Lakes is very steep and not used as heavily. From Smuggler Road you can also access Hunter Creek, Van Horn Park, and Lenado.
Washington Gulch Road Taylor River Ranger District,
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
Washington Gulch Road follows Washington Gulch to the abandoned town site of Elkton. It may be combined with Slate River Road to make a loop back to Highway 135.
Wearyman/Resolution Four-Wheel Drive Road Holy Cross Ranger District,
White River National Forest
The Wearyman Jeep Road begins east of Redcliff and eventually links to the Resolution Road, which leads to Hwy. 24 at Camp Hale. In winter, the roads are most frequently used by snowmobilers.
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