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 first unguided ATV experience and it was a fantastic one. Mike and Chuck were thorough with our orientation and were adamant about us having a great time. Brand new 2014 Polaris ATVs were awesome. Trail maps were helpful and accurate. I look forward to the next opportunity to visit and I highly recommend to others."

1JRod

"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

"Wow, I had a great time today out with my friends thanks to the help of Colorado Backcountry Rentals. Kevin and Schmitty both helped to teach us how to use the machines, inspect the machines, and provided us with information on the trails. Had a great time and when I return to Colorado I will make sure to have both Kevin and Schmitty help to get us out on the trails! thanks again."

Dpettet

"Back in Colorado for Christmas and had another great experience with CBR. We would like to express our gratitude to their employee "Schmitty" for making this trip so memorable. He made us feel very welcome and went above and beyond to make our snowmobile adventure the best yet. Highly recommend this company for anyone looking to experience the beauty of Colorado on a snowmobile. Big thanks to Mike, Chuck and Ron."

Hoeggy