4 Wheeling in Central Colorado
Home to over 1000 miles of scenic backroads.

Four-wheeling in Central Colorado is about high mountain passes, historic mining sites, scenic backcountry lakes, and fantastic vistas. No mud bogs or slow going rock crawling in this region of pine and aspen forests, 14,000-foot mountains, alpine meadows, and crystal-clear streams. To visit Colorado for "wheeling" is to experience world class trail riding. Many of the trails will cover quite some mileage before hitting a difficult obstacle, and when the climb takes you above the tree line the views are absolutely fabulous.

One of the key elements in the Rockies is the altitudes, and the climbs to get there. 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 lion and black bear are spotted in the backcountry. The mountain wilderness also includes many abandoned mountain homesteads and historic ghost towns, remnants of the original Colorado settlers, who came to the region to mine gold and silver. Some of the routes where first used by miners to reach their mining camps. Others follow the routes of old narrow gauge railroad right-of-ways. For those that don't have a four-wheel rig, local vendors offer jeep tours into some of the more popular areas. Or you can rent a jeep or other four-wheel drive vehicle. 


4-wheeling in Central Colorado

Featured Jeep Tours and Rentals in Central Colorado

Anderson Motors in Salida

Anderson Motors - Rocky Mountain Jeep Rentals

Have you ever wanted to...

  • Travel to the high mountain lakes or traverse passes high above timberline.
  • Step back in history to the remote mining camps of the 1800's.
  • Travel over narrow gauge railroad beds converted to 4x4 roads.
  • Visit the first narrow gauge railroad tunnel through the continental divide.
  • Visit ghost towns straight out of the Wild West.

Call today 719-539-3088 to reserve your Jeep!


Jeep Tours & Rentals in Central Colorado

Anderson Motors - Rocky Mountain Jeep Rentals, 345 West US Highway 50, Salida, CO 81201. 719-539-3088
Buena Vista Jeep Rentals, 212 US Highway 24 South, Buena Vista, CO 81211. 719-395-4418
High Country Jeep Tours, 410 US Highway 24 South, Buena Vista, CO 81211. 866-458-6877
St. Elmo Store, 25865 County Road 162, Nathrop, CO 81236. 719-395-2117
The Adventure Company, 12847 US Highways 285/24, Buena Vista, CO 81211. 800-497-7838


Find Central Colorado 4 Wheeling Trails.

4 Wheeling Trails in the Pike and San Isabel National Forests. This includes the Buena Vista, Fairplay, Leadville, and Salida areas.

4 Wheeling Trails in the Rio Grande National Forest. This includes the Creede and South Fork areas.

4 Wheeling Trails in Colorado Wilderness Areas

Colorado Trail Guide to Off-Highway Vehicles

Central Colorado 4 -Wheeling Book

Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-wheel drive trails

The 100 trails in this book may be the best batch ever put together in one place. Whether you are a newcomer to 4-wheeling or an experienced veteran, we guarantee you ll have fun. The trails are grouped into seven key areas in the heart of Colorado s most beautiful high country. 

A full-color format makes planning your next adventure simpler than ever. Easy, moderate and difficult routes are color coded, while symbols quickly show kinds of vehicles allowed on each trail. This includes unlicensed UTVs, ATVs and dirt bikes.

A separate mileage log ties numbered locations along the route to a custom map and Aerial Terrain view. GPS coordinates are provided for each numbered location and may also be downloaded free from the FunTreks Web site. Included are reverse mileages for all trails and historical highlights.

Every book includes concealed spiral binding that lays flat for easy use. Heavy-duty plastic laminate cover withstands rough use. (Not available in square back format.)

General Backcountry Safety
This training program was prepared by Charley Shimanski of the Mountain Rescue Association Education Committee. It is an introductory course in backcountry safety for those with little or no experience in mountainous and backcountry terrain. This file is in Adobe Acrobat (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file. (All backcountry recreationalists should read this. It could save your life in an emergency.)

Quick Tips for Responsible Four Wheeling
A reader of, (Jay O'Brien), sent me this link on Responsible 4-Wheeling. Even thought the information is geared towards their clients in New Hampshire, I thought it was a great resource for all of us who respect the outdoors to use.