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

"Great time. Awesome trails. Will definitely be back. Schmitty was great!! Would recommend this place to anyone looking for awesome time."

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"The staff was very friendly and informative. They even picked us up from Keystone and dropped us off when we were done. The snowmobiles were nice and easy to use. The trails were easy to navigate and the terrain was amazing. We made it to the top of Machine Gun Ridge which had amazing views of surrounding mountains. I would recommend Colorado Backcountry Rentals to everyone. We all had a great time."

Joe W.

"My friends and I decided to take a day off from snowboarding and rent some sleds for the day. I read the reviews for CBR and decided to go with them. Wow, the reviews are spot on, the machines are really legit and the staff is amazing! Schmitty was so helpful, he covered everything. One of the guys in our group was a little nervous, but after Schmitty's instruction and advice, he had the time of his life. What an incredible experience! Going back again in a few weeks."

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"This company is simple and great. They give you a quick tutorial and then you're free to do whatever you like. If you have any problems they will come to you and fix it. Great rental company. I recommend renting the snowmobiles all day."

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