Steamboat Springs offers multiple ATV/off roading options for adventurous travelers amongst the beautiful backdrop of numerous mountain ranges.
- Many areas are closed to all motor vehicles (except snowmobiles) between Dec. 1st and June 30th.
- Many trails are suitable (when dry) for sturdy passenger vehicles.
Within the town of Steamboat Springs, there are options to rent both single and multi passenger ATV/off roading vehicles. By taking advantage of these options, visitors can explore the beautiful backcountry that may have otherwise been left unexplored.
Where To Go
There are many different options available for travelers looking to take advantage of the many off roading options the area has to offer.
For example, Buffalo Pass is a popular option for travelers looking to gain access to numerous backcountry Forest Service campgrounds and fishing lakes. ATV’s are allowed east of the starting point on Forest Service Road 60 and all other marked forest roads. Many colorful seasonal wildflowers are also viewable throughout much of the route. Buffalo Pass is 15.4 total miles and is approximately an hour drive.
Another popular route is the Elkhorn Mountain trail. This trail follows a portion of an old cattle trail named the Stock Driveway. It offers views of historic mining equipment and cabin ruins near Elkhorn Mine while climbing in elevation towards the peak of Elkhorn Mountain. This trail, at 10.4 total miles, is best suited for aggressive, high clearance 4WD SUVs and ATV’s.
Rentals & Fees
Fees are charged at self-service stations at many trails for camping and day use of the areas.
Rental rates vary by location.
Hire a Guide
Several companies offer guided tours of trails throughout the area surrounding Steamboat Springs. Guided tours serve as a great alternative for travelers who are looking to experience the vast beauty of the area by way of an experienced professional. This option is also convenient as visitors can simply enjoy the experience while having their course mapped out for them while keeping safety a priority.