Breckenridge For ATV Riding
The MOST popular all terrain vehicle trail in Colorado.
Saturday 30 July 2016 03:39 GMT
East of Breckenridge in the White River National Forest, there is excellent ATV riding along the Continental Divide above Breckenridge. There are several dirt roads along the forks of the Swan River leading up towards the Continental Divide. The most popular routes are up the North Fork Road (CR354/FS221) and the Middle Fork Road (FS6).
To reach the Breckenridge Continental Divide ATV riding trailhead from US70, use the Dillion/Frisco exit (SR9). Head south on SR9 for 6.3 miles. Turn left heading east on paved Tiger Road (becomes dirt) for 5.4 miles. Just before the small bridge over the North Fork Of The Swan River, turn left onto unsigned dirt road, CR354 (aka FS221). The trailhead parking is about 0.5 miles up the road on the right. There are no trailhead facilities or signs, and only primative camping.
Starting from the trailhead at 10,000 feet, there are several nice rides up each of the forks of the Swan River.
Option 1 is to continue heading up FS221 for 4 miles climbing 2,000 feet through lodgepole pine forest.
Option 2 is to continue south on Tiger Road to Middle Fork Road (FS 6). This is a 9 mile route to the summit of Wise Mountain (12,000 feet). The route passes Tony Mine and the old mining town of Swandyke. From the Wise Mountain summit, there is an alternate route down. It runs north via FS356 and connects up with the North Fork Road (CR354). It is not shown on the map.
Option 3 is continue even further south on Tiger Road to the dirt road up the South Fork heading to the east of Mt Guyot. This is commonly known as Georgia Pass Road, but may also be known as Parkville Road or CR355). The route goes 4.5 miles to Georgia Pass at 11,600 feet. It passes by the old Parkville mining camp. Beyond the pass, the route drops down a gravel road to Michigan Creek Campground.
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 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.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding on Forest Service roads is permitted only on designated routes. To obtain a map with the latest designated roads, make sure to call the Forest Service HQ at (970) 945-2521.
Overall, Breckenridge is the 1st most popular ATV riding trail of all 90 ATV trails in Colorado.