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ATV Trail Descriptions

All Wilderness Areas are CLOSED to motorized vehicles.

These are the primary ATV routes in the Lake City area. Check with the local Forest Service and BLM office at the Lake City Visitor's Center for other routes that may be open.

Alpine Loop

  • This 45-mile loop is part of the National Back Country Byway and State Scenic Byway system. The spectacular views attract thousands of visitors each year, so watch out for other vehicles.

Cottonwood Creek

  • A 4-mile side trip off the Lake Fork road that takes you through the old townsite of Sherman and up a spectacular canyon.

Carson Road/Wager Gulch

  • A 4-mile side trip south of the Lake Fork road that passes the well-preserved ghost town of Carson and continues over the Continental Divide to Pearl Lakes in the Rio Grande watershed.

Nellie Creek

  • A 4-mile side trip north of  Henson Creek that dead-ends at the boundary of the Uncompahgre Wilderness and accesses the trailhead to Uncompahgre Peak (14,309 ft.).

Sawmill Park

  • A 5-mile trail through dense forests and alpine tundra to the Continental Divide. You can continue over the Divide to Spring Creek Pass.

North Henson Creek

  • A 4-mile side trip that offers fishing, scenery, and access to the Uncompahgre Wilderness.

More links 

  • Tread Lightly! on your ATV
  • ATV Ethics
  • Lake City ATV Trail Map
  • Lake City ATV Information
  • Lake City ATV Brochure (requires Acrobat Reader)


Created by the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado
Point of Contact:
Arden Anderson
Last modified: December 30, 2004