ATVing in Central Colorado
Home to over 1000 miles of scenic backroads.

ATVing in Central Colorado is about high mountain passes, historic mining sites, scenic backcountry lakes, and fantastic vistas. No mud bogs or slow going rock crawling in this region of pine and aspen forests, 14,000-foot mountains, alpine meadows, and crystal-clear streams. To visit Colorado for ATVing is to experience world class trail riding. Many of the trails will cover quite some mileage before hitting a difficult obstacle, and when the climb takes you above the tree line the views are absolutely fabulous.

One of the key elements in the Rockies is the altitudes, and the climbs to get there. Horsepower, low gearing, and a 'good working order' on your trail rig will go a long way. Many of the best riding areas are the summer range for deer, elk, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. Occasionally mountain lion and black bear are spotted in the backcountry. The mountain wilderness also includes many abandoned mountain homesteads and historic ghost towns, remnants of the original Colorado settlers, who came to the region to mine gold and silver. Some of the routes where first used by miners to reach their mining camps. Others follow the routes of old narrow gauge railroad right-of-ways. For those that don't have an ATV, local vendors offer ATV tours into some of the more popular areas. Or you can rent an ATV. 


Featured ATV Tours, Guides, and Rentals in Central Colorado

All Season Adventures

All Season Adventures

Our  snowmobile rentals, guided snowmobile tours, ATV rentals and guided ATV tours will take you into the back country of Colorado where you will experience breathtaking views, historic ghost towns, and an overall unforgettable trip that you will never forget!!!

7345 US Highway 50, Salida, CO 81201. 888-530-0651

Other ATV Tours, Guides, and Rentals in Central Colorado

Colorado Adventure Rentals, Almont, CO 81210. 877-641-3525
Continental Divide ATV Tours, 4037 Highway 91 North, Leadville, CO 80461. 800-247-7238
Creede ATV, 980 LaGarita Avenue, Creede, CO 81130. 866-982-7333
Play Dirty ATV Tours, 27077 US Highway 50, Texas Creek, CO 81333. 877-288-2656
St. Elmo Store, 25865 County Road 162, Nathrop, CO 81236. 719-395-2117
The Adventure Company, 12847 US Highways 285/24, Buena Vista, CO 81211. 800-497-7838


Find Central Colorado ATV Trails.

ATV Trails in the Pike and San Isabel National Forests. This includes the Buena Vista, Fairplay, Leadville, and Salida areas.

Buena Vista, Colorado ATV Historical Color Tour. Annual fall foilage tour held in September.

ATV Trails Guide

ATV Trails Guide Colorado - Central Mountains Region

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. Book promotes low impact riding and environmental responsibility.


General Backcountry Safety
This training program was prepared by Charley Shimanski of the Mountain Rescue Association Education Committee. It is an introductory course in backcountry safety for those with little or no experience in mountainous and backcountry terrain. This file is in Adobe Acrobat (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file. (All backcountry recreationalists should read this. It could save your life in an emergency.)

Quick Tips for Responsible Four Wheeling
A reader of, (Jay O'Brien), sent me this link on Responsible 4-Wheeling. Even thought the information is geared towards their clients in New Hampshire, I thought it was a great resource for all of us who respect the outdoors to use.