Go Four-Wheeling Near Denver
Our off-highway trails will lead you through high mountain passes, past historic mining sites and scenic back-country lakes, crystal-clear streams, alpine meadows, and fantastic vistas. Complete with mountain wilderness, abandoned mountain homesteads, historic ghost towns, and remnants of Colorado settlers who came in search of gold and silver. We only ask that you Stay the Trail, keep your wheels where they belong, and be courteous to other trail users.
Top 4WD trails in Clear Creek County
The Rockies are all about climbing heights. Horsepower, low gearing, and a ‘good working order’ on your trail rig will go a long way. Many of the best riding areas are the Summer Range for deer, elk, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. Occasionally mountain lions and black bears are spotted in the back-country.
Some stand-out trails include:
- Devils Canyon (outside of Idaho Springs, off HWY 103)
- Saxon Mountain (Northeast of Georgetown, next to Saxon Mountain Rd.)
- Jones Pass (Northwest of Empire, off HWY 40)
Don’t Have an Off-Highway Vehicle?
For those without a four-wheel drive vehicle, our local ATV outfitters offer 4WD ATV tours. Enjoy off-roading with expert ATV guides who know the best ATV trails, routes, and times to go. Tours include:
- Safety lessons
- Riding lessons
- Off-road trail riding
- Friendly, knowledgeable guides
- Breathtaking scenery
3627 Alvarado Road
Dumont, CO 80436
1047 Miner Street
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
3440 Alvarado Road
Lawson, CO 80436
335 Park Avenue
Empire, CO 80438
ATV Help and Safety Tips
When it comes to off-roading, safety is very important. To avoid unnecessary risks and dangers, we ask that you “Stay the Trail” and DO NOT veer off designated paths.
Other tips include:
- Wear a helmet, padded clothing, and gloves
- Bring a tow rope and a small shovel
- Pack extra water and supplies
- Bring printed trail maps and/or download the Avenza map as wifi coverage tends to drop off
If you get stuck, remember the phrase “We Recover the Rockies.” Our friends at Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery, a 24-hour, nonprofit backcountry rescue and recovery team, can help you. Visit www.CO4X4RNR.org or text/call 720-722-1204.