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

"This was the most amazing experience and least expected. I have snowmobiled before but it is usually in a large field and a limited area or controlled by a guide. This was absolutely breathtaking...the trails were well marked and the surprise at the end was magical. Panoramic views, in the clouds, on top of the world AMAZING!! And they let you find it on your own. No guide, no tour...go at your own pace, explore the area at your leisure, very family friendly. I did not want it to end. Go for the entire day~ 3 hours goes by super fast."

Liz L.

"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.

"These guys are awesome! My boyfriend and I recently stayed in Red Cliff and rode snowmobiles with CBR. We were VERY impressed with their staff and their snowmobiles! Normally, check-in is in Minturn, CO, which is the next town over from Red Cliff. However, since we were staying in Red Cliff and would be there already, they were kind enough to let us fill out our paperwork upon our arrival to the snowmobile area in Red Cliff, saving us a trip to Minturn! We decided to ride a full day so after we went over the safety info, the guys took us aside and went over the map with us and gave us helpful tips on which routes to take so that we could come back for lunch and get as many sights in as possible! I was very thankful. The trails followed the map very well so we were able to navigate throughout the day with relative ease. The views are breathtaking! I cannot say enough positive things about our experience. It was perfect from start to finish!"

carrielynn2016

"This was my first time on a snowmobile, the owners were very friendly and knowledgeable! They walked me through how the sleds work, and gave us great directions on where the scenic spots were. The area where the trails are is beautiful, with lots of great views! The sleds were brand new and ran great! Best day of my 'ski' trip! I'll def be back!"

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