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Recreation Activities

Off-Highway Vehicles

Off-highway vehiclesA wide array of settings are available for off-highway vehicle use on Colorado's public lands. Opportunities include steep mountain trails, open sand dunes and much more. This activity is a thrilling way to explore the diverse landscapes that exist 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 off-highway vehicles.

  • 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

Various locations along the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway provide opportunities for off-highway vehicle use. Atop towering mountains, including three fourteeners, visitors will enjoy an alpine landscape of snowfields and lakes.

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Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

A wide variety of recreational activities, including off-highway vehicle riding, are available within Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area. Big Bend OHV Park and the Texas Creek area are both outstanding locations for off-highway vehicle riding.

Bangs Canyon Recreation Area

Bangs Canyon Recreation Area

The high desert landscapes of Bangs Canyon Recreation Area offer a variety of exciting recreational opportunities. In particular, off-highway vehicle users will enjoy the trails extending from Bangs Canyon Trailhead.

Grand Valley Recreation Area

Grand Valley Area

Grand Valley OHV Open Area is a prime location for off-highway vehicle use. It covers a total of 17 square miles of sparsely vegetated terrain within the Grand Valley area, offering exciting challenges for riders of any skill level and for many types of vehicles.

Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area: Flat Top-Peach Valley

Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area:
Flat Top-Peach Valley

Flat Top-Peach Valley is a portion of Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area that is most popular for off-highway vehicle riding. Two vehicle play areas, an ATV and motorcycle training area, and a beginner riding area provide fantastic oppotunities for riders of various skill levels.

North Sand Hills Recreation Area

North Sand Hills Recreation Area

North Sand Hills Recreation Area is the only sand off-highway vehicle recreation area in the state of Colorado. Visitors will find that the trail system here is particularly exciting for ATVs and sandrails.

Wolford Mountain Recreation Area

Wolford Mountain Recreation Area

Off-highway vehicle enthusiasts will love the riding opportunities that await at Wolford Mountain Recreation Area. Various trails and a small off-highway vehicle open area provide riders with a variety of options.