Top OHV Trails on the Western Slope | RMHP Blog

Top OHV Trails on the Western Slope | RMHP Blog

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Top OHV Trails on the Western Slope

Explore Western Colorado’s Remote Wilderness on 4 Wheels

 

We talk about human-powered activities like hiking and biking a lot, but fueling up your Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) is yet another fun outdoor activity to enjoy in Western Colorado. It’s a great way to get into more remote areas, and there’s an entire lifetime’s worth of trails to explore.

 

If you’re new to OHV and ATV trails, this quick guide will point you in the right direction. Once you’re out on the trails don’t forget to pay attention to all of the smaller trails that tend to radiate from these paths, either. You may end up returning to these areas frequently while still experiencing something new every time.

 

18 Road Trails, North Fruita Desert

Fruita is well-known for its excellent mountain biking terrain, but there are also worthwhile OHV trails in the area. Just be sure to pay attention to the signage, and only ride on roads designated for vehicle use.

 

Billings Canyon Jeep Trail, Grand Junction

This gem is close to Grand Junction, and built via a partnership with the Grand Mesa Jeep Club and the Bureau of Land Management specifically for “extreme 4x4 use.”

 

Additional recreation opportunities are also plentiful in the Bangs Canyon area, including rock climbing and hiking.

 

Wagon Wheel Trail System, Meeker

It doesn’t get much better than this system of trails in Rio Blanco County. According to the Wagon Wheel Trails website, these trails “provide increased recreational opportunities through unique, satisfying, and sustainable OHV experiences in Rio Blanco County and Northwest Colorado.”

 

The trail system is far from finished, but currently contains approximately 250 miles of roads and trails. There’s a little something for everyone, with route difficulties ranging from beginner to expert.

 

OHV Trails in Ouray

There’s no way to choose one top OHV trail in Ouray, because five local trails have earned the ‘Badge of Honor’ status from Jeep. These four are particularly fun on an OHV:

  • The Alpine Loop. 75 miles of dirt roads run through the San Juans, following a historic route used by Native Americans. There’s gorgeous alpine scenery, remnants of historic mining towns, and more.
  • Imogene Pass. This difficult route is steep and full of loose rocks, making it a fun, technical adventure (the views are also breathtaking, as you might expect).
  • Engineer Pass. A classic for a reason, this is another difficult and technical off-road trail in the Ouray area.
  • Black Bear Pass. This rugged alpine trail is for experienced drivers only. The road is narrow, a partner vehicle is recommended, and adrenaline rushes are all but guaranteed.

 

Preparing for your OHV adventure

Before trailering an OHV to the nearest trailhead, always review maps of the area and make a game plan. OHV trails are an ever-changing adventure, so even if you’ve ridden one of these trails before, remember that conditions are rarely uniform from one trip to the next.

 

In fact, that’s one of the best things about getting off the beaten path in the mountains — it’s always a new adventure.

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