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

"My friend and I used CBR yesterday to ride through Vail Pass Recreation Area, what an awesome experience! These guys set us up with amazing sleds and a map of the best area to ride through in the entire state. We rode about 30 miles and parked our machines and took pictures of this virgin backcountry. I cannot say enough great things about CBR, the staff and owner, or the area they are located near! Use this company and you cannot be disappointed! The skis were top of the line, like new Polaris and were incredible! Thank you Colorado Backcountry Rentals!"

Mark M.

"The guys came in and opened up for our afternoon ride. Even though it's in between seasons, the service is top notch. After looking at the choices for atv rental in the area, decided to drive the hour+ from Frisco which was scenic in itself. The views from the trail go from awesome to incredible. Looking forward to our return visit."

TdStearns

It was our first time to rent ATV's. So glad we found CBR. We met Mike and Chuck, the owners of CBR, and you could tell they wanted us to have a great time. They were very thorough in going over the operation and safety of the equipment. They took the time to show us the map and explain the trails. Red Cliff is a beautiful little mountain town and the perfect spot to ATV. We will definitely be going back.

Kirk W.

"Vail pass was amazing! Thank you for the awesome adventure!"

Lynn B.