ATV Trails Near Vail

Vail Pass Winter Recreation AreaOverview

The White River National Forest and the Vail Pass Recreation Area includes trails for all levels of riders from novices to pros. Vail, Colorado is surrounded by National Forest land where off-road and ATV experiences are abundant. Some trails are more scenic than others, but each trail has plenty of scenic views as well as rugged terrain for those who desire more challenge in their ATV riding experience.

Trails range from the scenic mountain views of Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert, to the tight and twisting trails of the White River National Forest. The goal of Colorado Backcountry Rentals is to provide the finest recreational experience in Colorado, and our staff will provide you with a trail map and recommend trails based on your riding ability.

Exploring the backcountry around Vail, Colorado has been a summer pastime of outdoor enthusiasts for many years. ATV trails exist throughout the state and are particularly beautiful in the White River National Forest. Taking an ATV into the pine forests is a unique way to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Rockies.

Ptarmigan PassWhere to go ATV and Off-roading

Although motorized vehicles are prohibited in designated wilderness areas, there are plenty of areas to travel with off-road rentals, so you can immerse yourself in all the Rocky Mountains have to offer.

Ptarmigan Pass to McAllister Gulch Loop

This is an intermediate trail that starts out in a scenic canyon along Wearyman Creek, it starts to climb through dense forests with many switchbacks. The panoramic views are amazing. Stream crossings are numerous and sometimes up to 12 inches deep. Total length is 21.4 miles with minimal elevation gain. The best time to come is from mid-June to late September.

Red & White Mountain

Close to Vail, this is a great area to explore with an ATV rental! Equipped with many lakes and scenic vistas to enjoy, do yourself a favor and stop at the overlook of June Creek Canyon.

Vail ATV ToursOther

The White River National Forest has many other trails for off-road rentals. For instance, near Leadville you’ll discover the strenuous Wurts Ditch Road, 24 miles north of Leadville on Highway 24. Another road for exploring the backcountry is the McAllister Gulch and Hornsilver Mountain Road. This starts in Camp Hale off Highway 24 south of Vail.

There are innumerable trails around Vail and they seem to go in all directions so you should always keep track of where you are and ride with a partner to be safe.

What People Are Saying

"We had a great time renting snowmobiles at Colorado backcountry in Red Cliff. Family of four with two teenagers and it was the best time. The staff was friendly and showed us the area maps and routes. You can rent snowsuits and boots reasonably if you need them. You start on the trail immediately so there is no delay. Well worth the price for a half day. The ride was exciting and fun. The views of the mountains, trees, and snow was wonderful. I highly recommend this if you are near the I-70 resorts and are looking for a half day activity."

Chris982

"Beautiful drive out to the rental location, Schmitty was informative and hilarious, nice machines, so many different trails to explore and the most AMA=AZING views. From tree lined trails, running creeks, cliff views, open fields, winding trails and hills to climb. We had such a fun day!"

Anglea J.

"We rented some 2 passenger snowmobiles for a full day. Our 4 yr old and 10 yr old loved it as much as we did! Gorgeous views and a great time all around. Next time we will pack some lunch with and just eat out on the trail, as it's kind of a hassle to go back to town for lunch."

Tina B.

"We booked a snowmobile trip with CBR over spring break. Chuck was super nice to my wife and I. My 13 and 8 year old loved it. He even took time to help us with points of interest he would recommend on our way to Durango to see family. They provide the gear you need plus maps etc. Vail pass and shrine pass were absolutely beautiful. They are a great business and loved hearing his story. He took time to meet us at the end of our trip as we didn't see him on our way out. Highlight of our trip and will return for more fun. Bring a backpack with water and food!! We did but trying to help out those who may overlook it. Also may be common sense but follow their instruction on staying on trails and well ridden on meadows and pass areas, (there are plenty). We saw some folks stuck way off the trail. Snow is deep and inexperience will get the best of you. Thanks again Chuck and Mike."

Jane D.