Beginner Offroad Trails Near Fort Collins

Old Flowers Road

This is a quick and easy route that passes through some private land on the first section. Stay on the road all the way to the forest boundary. There are some great camping spots along…
Total Miles
11.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Bright Trail

Bring your family to this fun area with access to Bright and Taylor hiking trails. Plenty of camping for large or small groups. There's even a confined area for kids to ride ATVs and dirt…
Total Miles
2.6
Tech Rating
3 Moderate
Best Time
Su

Rifle Road

The route begins in the middle of Cave Creek and is both USFS 217C and 217D. If you head up the left side of the trail there is a nice hill that offers some good…
Total Miles
0.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Crow Valley Loop

Pawnee National Grasslands offers a distinct landscape of wide-open views and rolling hills with ample opportunities for recreation. This area is a checkerboard of National Grasslands, State of Colorado, Central Plains Experimental Range, and private…
Total Miles
11.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Deadman Lookout

Take the family on this fun drive to a really cool fire lookout tower. You can visit it on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Ten people can climb the tower at a time.…
Total Miles
13.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Deadman Road

This major county road grants access to numerous OHV trails in the Red Feather Lakes area. Camp and take some time to explore all of the activities available. There are designated portions for unlicensed vehicles.…
Total Miles
29.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Old Fall River Road

Bring your camera and visit Chasm Falls. Drive above the timberline on winding switchbacks, then visit Estes Park where you can get up close to elk (not too close), shop and have a great meal.…
Total Miles
8.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Gold Lake Trail

Calm out and back trail ending at a hut on private land. Be sure to not trespass on the private land. Some small ruts and rocks, along with some off-camber berms. A technical rock patch…
Total Miles
3.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Chipmunk Gulch

Starting on Country Road 100, you'll head East onto the dirt path. You will then turn onto USFS Road 376. Once you are on the trail, it is pretty calm but you are still going…
Total Miles
0.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Amethyst

This is a short, relatively easy out and back trail located near Red Feathers Lakes. The trail has a gradual climb over some loose dirt and baby heads. The trail is one way, but has…
Total Miles
1.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

Pratt Creek

Pratt Creek is a scenic trail in the heart of Roosevelt National Forest just outside Livermore, CO. You'll traverse deep through a ponderosa pine forest on windy dirt and gravel roads with awe-inspiring sights and…
Total Miles
10.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

Switzerland Trail

It is amazing to consider what it must have been like to be on a train winding down the steep terrain on this trail. The scenery is fantastic, especially in the fall. If you want…
Total Miles
5.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Pine Wedge

This is a short, out and back trail that starts off as a well-groomed forest service road suitable for a 2WD sedan. The trail quickly becomes much narrower the further down the path you get.…
Total Miles
4.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Magnolia Road East

This is a smooth, dirt road any vehicle can access. The road accesses the Aspen Meadows residential area, but will allow you to avoid the heavy traffic of Boulder Canyon and has beautiful scenery. This…
Total Miles
6.7
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Killpecker Road

Killpecker Road is a well-maintained, wide, gravel road which is suitable for sedans and travel trailers or RVs. There are many dispersed camping areas along this road and it would make an excellent camp for…
Total Miles
6.9
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Peewink

Enjoy this simple trail that leads to some pretty camp spots. If you're lucky, you might even be able to see a moose! Most vehicles can do this road, although it does have some spots…
Total Miles
1.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Left Hand Reservoir

The trail to Left Hand Reservoir is a nice out and back trail that leads to a good reservoir for fishing. A great trail to be surrounded by trees, mountains, and some good friends. It…
Total Miles
1.7
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Vedauwoo

This easy-to-drive backroad cuts through the unique Vedauwoo area of the Medicine Bow National Forest where you'll discover huge piles of ancient Sherman granite. This route offers a tour of these intriguing rock structures while…
Total Miles
7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Gordon Gulch

You're likely to see hikers on this trail, and it is a popular camping destination on the weekends. Check for postings on what camping is dispersed and what is designated. Be bear aware and plan…
Total Miles
2.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Gross Reservoir

This is a super fun, single lane road to amazing camping. You'll camp above the reservoir and fish, canoe, kayak and relax. No swimming. Open to licensed and unlicensed vehicles. Trail is open from May…
Total Miles
2.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Long Draw Reservoir Road

Beautiful landscapes, camping, fishing, wildlife and off road fun. What more could you ask for? Choose from designated trailside camp spots or campgrounds that will charge a small fee. This beautiful area is flanked by…
Total Miles
12.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Caretakers

This graded and well-maintained backroad cuts through the Medicine Bow National Forest, just north of HWY 210 and the unique Vedauwoo area. This route offers undulating country roads and provides access to lots of dispersed…
Total Miles
6.2
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Crow Spring Road

The beginning of this route on the North Branch Crow Creek Road is fairly easy, with only a few tight turns and requiring only enough clearance to negotiate the standard forest service earthen water diversion…
Total Miles
7.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Tame Cat

This is an out-and-back trail off Blair Wallis Road in Medicine Bow National Forest between Laramie and Cheyenne. After the creek crossing at the trailhead, it climbs through the pines and becomes a narrow two-track…
Total Miles
1.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

West Magnolia

Kids will love this small area with intersecting forest roads and camping. To camp, enter at the north end. No dirt bikes allowed on this trail. Open May 15 to November 30.
Total Miles
4.2
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

Eagle Rock

This Forest Service backroad cuts through the Medicine Bow National Forest, just north of HWY 210 and the unique Pole Mountain and Vedauwoo areas. This route offers single-lane country roads and provides access to lots…
Total Miles
6.1
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Buckeye Mountain Road 512.1

A fun, out and back trail with a great campsite a few hundred feet up the trail, and an abandoned mining site just past that. The trail is fairly narrow. 4WD wasn't required, but definitely…
Total Miles
1.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su

North Ridge Road

This route takes you through the northern area of the Pole Mountain unit of Medicine Bow National Forest between Laramie and Cheyenne and provides access to numerous dispersed campsites. It is a well-graded road consisting…
Total Miles
8.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Telephone Extension

This fun shortcut between Happy Jack Road and Eagle Rock Road in the Pole Mountain area of Medicine Bow National Forest between Laramie and Cheyenne includes a few short steep ups and downs. This route…
Total Miles
2.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Rollins Pass East

You'll find two lakes, breathtaking views and a fun hike on this old railroad route. Needle's Eye Tunnel is just a short hike from the trail. Park and camp south of the trailhead. There are…
Total Miles
12.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su