Northeast of Montrose in the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area, the Flat Top Open Area has miles roads and trails over rolling adobe badlands open to ATV riding. This riding area can become very muddy during and following rain.
To reach Flat Tops OHV Area from Montrose off San Juan Ave., head north on 6530 Road for 2.4 miles. Turn right heading east on unsigned Flat Top Road for 0.7 miles into parking area.
Bypass/King Ditch/Dump Ridge Rail Loop (~7 miles) is a good beginner/intermediate trail that travels through a narrow ditch. King Ditch is a very popular route for motorcycles and mountain bikes because of the tight turns and blind corners.There are multiple trails that lead you to King Ditch which have some hills and small whoops.Access starts at the Flat Top Staging Area. King Ditch is the first ditch after you cross Backside Bridge.
Badlands/Monster Ditch Trail Loop (~5 miles) is a great ride for intermediate to advanced riders.This ditch has some very tight, narrow turns, as well as some deep canyon walls where you can make some high banking turns.There is a steep climb when you exit the ditch.Access starts off the Badlands Trail. Multiple trails lead you to Badlands Trail.You will encounter trails with moderate to big whoops and moderate to steep hills.
Dump Ridge/Skull & Crossbones/S. Elephant Ridge/Ponds Express Trails (~11 miles) make a good challenging loop for intermediate riders. Dump Ridge starts at Backside Bridge and has steep hills and large whoops. Skull & Crossbones is a technical single track with rocks. S. Elephant Ridge has steep hills and small whoops with scenic views of the Adobes. Ponds Express starts at Lower Ponds and returns you to Backside Bridge.
Note: Colorado residents must register their off-highway vehicle with the Colorado State Parks (303) 866-3437. Out-of-state residents who bring OHVs into Colorado must purchase a Colorado Non-Resident OHV permit which is valid from the date of purchase through the following March 31. These permits can be purchased anywhere you get your hunting/fishing licenses in Colorado. All off-highway vehicles must have an approved muffler and spark arrester. These requirements are subject to change so make sure to contact the Colorado State Parks prior to using your off-highway vehicle.
Overall, Flat Top Open Area is the 17th most popular ATV riding trail of all 90 ATV trails in Colorado.