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Recreation Activities

4x4 and Jeep Touring

Blue jeepThere are a variety of locations on Colorado's public lands where 4x4 and jeep touring are available. Visitors can enjoy exterme 4x4 trails, rock crawling and more. These activities are an energizing way to explore diverse landscapes throughout this spectacular state.

Visitors must abide by vehicle designations on BLM public lands.  Recreation areas may be classified as either open, limited or closed to 4x4 and jeep use.

  • Open - Off-road use is permitted, given that it does not result in disturbance, damage or destruction of the environment; wildlife; cultural, historical or paleontological resources; or government or private property.
  • Limited - Motorized vehicle use is restricted as defined in the associated land use plan. Limitations may include designations such as "limited to existing roads and trails," "limited to designated roads and trails," or seasonal limitations such as "no vehicle use during elk calving season."
  • Closed - All motorized vehicle use is prohibited.

Motorized use in most BLM areas is under a limited or designated travel management system. OHVs including 4X4s are limited to operating on roads and trails that are identified on travel maps and/or posted as a route that is available for motorized use. 

For additional information, contact the local BLM field office for the area you are planning to visit.

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Featured Recreation Areas


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Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway

Travelers along the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway can explore stunning alpine landscapes and historic mining country. With both four-wheel drive rentals and tours available, there are excellent options for taking this route. It should be noted that four-wheel drive is necessary to pass through certain areas.

Whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

One of the best ways to explore the beautiful scenery of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is by four-wheel drive. In particular, Chinaman Gulch Extreme 4x4 Course provides an exhilarating experience for advanced drivers.

Rocky overlook

Bangs Canyon Recreation Area

Four-wheel driving on the rugged terrain of Bangs Canyon Recreation Area is both challenging and exciting. Bangs Canyon Trailhead leads to a number of excellent trails, and Billings Canyon Jeep Trail is the place to be for extreme rock crawling.

Gold panning

Gold Belt Recreation Area

Visitors can travel throughout Gold Belt Recreation Area by following the Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway. Four-wheel drive is an ideal way to explore this route. In addition, Penrose Commons is home to the Independence Trail, an extreme 4x4 rock crawling trail.

Hiker on Old Spanish National Historic Trail

Old Spanish National Historic Trail

The Old Spanish National Historic Trail, formerly a 19th century Mexican trade route, extends from New Mexico to California. Travelers will see fascinating historical landmarks, beautiful landscapes, fossil viewing sites and more. Four-wheel drive is one of the best ways to travel this route.

Rugged cliff

Wolford Mountain Recreation Area

Visitors of Wolford Mountain Recreation Area can enjoy some challenging four-wheel driving on Sidewinder Extreme 4x4 Jeep Trail. This is a very difficult course that is meant for experienced drivers.