Pearl Pass Road For ATV Riding

The 5th most popular all terrain vehicle trail in Colorado.

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Linking Crested Butte and Aspen, the road over Pearl Pass is a challenging 40 mile ATV ride. This remote, rugged route combines paved roads, dirt roads and rocky tracks as it winds through meadows, aspens forest and alpine passes. Do not underestimate the difficulty of this route. Many people have succomb to technical difficulities, weather, exhaustion, or all three while attempting this route.

Starting from Crested Butte (8,970), head south on SR135 (paved) to Brush Creek Road (paved then dirt). Head east on Brush Creek Road to West Brush Creek Road (rutted dirt then rocky). Follow West Brush Creek Road east as it climbs up very rocky road (if you can call it that) to Pearl Pass (12,700 ). Across Pearl Pass, descend northeast on Montezuma Road (rocky then rutted dirt) towards Ashcroft. Continue north on Castle Creek Road (paved) to Aspen.

Keep in mind that unlicensed ATVs are not allowed on paved roads.

Note: While this road can sometimes be passable from mid-July to mid-September, it is best in August in order to avoid snowfields.

Overall, Pearl Pass Road is the 5th most popular ATV riding trail of all 89 ATV trails in Colorado. Several of the better atv trails are nearby Pearl Pass Road including Texas Lakes Trail, Gunsight Pass Road, Tincup, Taylor Pass Divide Road and Devils Punchbowl.


Local Contact(s):  Gunnison National Forest (970) 641-0471; Crested Butte Visitors (800) 545-4505; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Timber Sleds ATV Rental (970) 209-6720.

Recommended Book:  "Guide To Taylor Park/Crested Butte ATV Trails" from Charles Welss

Best Season:  Aug. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Pioneer Cabins (970) 349-5517; Inn at Crested Butte (800) 949-4828

Breakfast Restaurant:  Paradise Cafe, Crested Butte

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Article Source:   Best Pearl Pass Road ATV Trails Review

GPS:  38.97924, -106.823964

Date Published:  5/20/2016

Date Updated:  4/5/2018

ID:  12870

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