Snow and frigid temperatures do not have to mean the end of fun in the mountains. Colorado boasts some of the best four wheeling trails that are open all year long.
Here are four trails that we can’t get enough of:
- Sevenmile Creek 4x4 Trail is located in the Poudre Canyon near Rustic. This 12-mile trail includes rocky sections and several stream crossings, which can be deep, but typically in the spring. This trail can provide moderate difficulty for some stock vehicles with low clearances.
- Spring Creek 4x4 Trail is located near Georgetown and will provide a challenge to most vehicles. There are multiple rocky sections that can become very challenging with the addition of snow or rain. The most challenging is the Rock Garden; with multiple routes it can be as difficult as you want it to be. Be sure to take in the amazing views of I-70 and the snow capped mountains along the way.
- North Sand Hills recreational area located near Walden, Colorado is like no other 4-wheeling experience in Colorado. With two large open areas of rolling sand and numerous other side trails to explore it allows everyone to create their own experience. Be aware that going down some of the steep hills will create extreme difficulty trying to climb back out.
- Chinaman Gulch is located on Hwy 285 about 2 -1/2 hours from Denver. This 7-mile trial can provide a challenge to most modified vehicles and experienced drivers due to the possibility of being hung up on the rocks. Although the trail has many obstacles with bypasses, there are a few such as The Chutes that only have one-way access through them. Be aware that some sections of the trail can be very tippy if wet, and to always plan your route.
As with any season and trail, it’s important to be prepared for all weather elements. Travel with others, pack plenty of warm blankets, water and food, and make sure you do not drive where you are unable to pull yourself out. Most importantly, have a blast!
Note: Always check with the U.S. Forest Service before heading out to verify the trail is open! Many close beginning December 1st. Visit the US Forest Site HERE. Always respect closed-gates and do not travel around them to access the trails.