The most comprehensive trail guide, written by a local avid ATVer, Carl Bauer, can be purchased online from the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center: https://www.buenavistacolorado.org/product/atving-in-14er-country/
Make sure you are familiar with all rules, both state and county. You can download the county’s position on off-road vehicles on the link below:
Coloradans, as well as Chaffee County residents, have voiced their concerns with regard to off-road vehicles. They are also very vocal about using rentals as vacation homes. Both have become areas of concern for locals as well. Out of respect for the neighbors and the neighborhood, please DO NOT RIDE YOUR OHV OR ATV OFF OF THE PROPERTY!
POPULAR TRAILS IN CHAFFEE COUNTY
Mount Antero: Mount Antero is 14,269 feet high, with roads leading to within one-half mile of the peak. The road is narrow and extremely difficult, with a serious water crossing. Switchbacks are dangerous. Only experienced mountain drivers should attempt this trip.
Interpretive signs and informational brochures for this area have been provided by the U.S. Forest Service and High Rocky Riders OHV Club.
Fourmile Travel Management Area: Fourmile encompasses 100,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management public lands. Maps and trail signs indicate roads open to general driving, extreme
Hancock Pass: Hancock is south of the historic town of St. Elmo on Forest Road 295. It reaches 12,000 feet and is 9 miles long. The surface is poor and is recommended for experienced drivers only.
For a long scenic and historic loop, head over Hancock and then Tomichi Pass into Whitepine in Gunnison County. Take Old Monarch Pass to U.S. Hwy. 50 back into Salida. In July and August this route is extremely busy.
Grizzly Lake: With huge rocks, deep holes
Hayden Pass: This pass crosses the Sangre de Cristo Range southeast of Salida. The road starts east of Salida on U.S. Hwy. 50 at Coaldale. The first mile is rough, but views from the summit are outstanding. If traveling towards Villa Grove on the back side of the pass, the route can be very rough on motorcycles.
Tin Cup Pass: Take off from St. Elmo southwest of Buena Vista. A dozen miles across the Continental Divide takes you to the town of Tin Cup. This trip is of moderate difficulty.
Bassam Park and Aspen Ridge: These lie east of Buena Vista off U.S. Hwy. 24/285. Five miles after crossing the Arkansas River, look for the Bassam Park Road (Forest Road 307) turning to the right.
Further south is Marble Quarry Gulch and the ghost town of Turret. ATVs are not allowed on county roads in the town of Turret.
Green’s Creek: This route rises to intersect a section of the Continental Divide Trail and Colorado Trail known as the Monarch Crest. The trail from CR 221 up Green’s Creek offers excellent
Rainbow Trail: This single-track motorcycle trail starts west of Poncha Springs, just off CR 200, and travels east along the northern base of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range for approximately 100 miles. It has some technical sections and in places can be remote. Users are encouraged to ride the trail with a partner.