Colorado Creek ATV Trail

The 18th most popular all terrain vehicle trail in Alaska.

  Fairbanks, Alaska, US


  July 21, 2016

Northeast of Fairbanks in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Colorado Creek Trail is a 23 mile route that is open to ATV riding. The Colorado Creek Trail begins at the Tolovana River bridge at milepost 57 on the Elliott Highway. It follows the Duncan Creek drainage eastward approximately 13 trail miles to the boundary of the White Mountains National Recreation Area. This part of the trail goes through areas of open meadows, mixed with spruce and birch trees. From the trailhead (612 feet elevation), the trail climbs gently for about ten miles, increasing in steepness for the next three miles to a point where it breaks out on top of the ridgeline (1,625 feet). This is an old burn area that overlooks a large, open meadow with the Beaver Creek drainage and the White Mountains visible in the distance. About a half-mile past the ridgeline, the trail forks with the right trail (Big Bend Trail) leading 0.5 miles to the cabin and the left leading 9 miles to Beaver Creek.

This trail leaves the Colorado Creek Trailhead at mile 57 Elliott Highway and parallels the Tolovana River and Duncan Creek drainages before crossing the ridge and entering the White Mountains NRA.

In the winter there is usually enough snow to travel this trail from November through early April. Not recommended for summer use due to wet and boggy trail conditions. Note: Moderate to heavy use by snowmobiles with moderate dog sledding and skier use. This area is open to summer use of motorized vehicles weighing less than 1,500 lbs. G.V.W..

Overall, Colorado Creek ATV Trail is the 18th most popular ATV riding trail of all 27 ATV trails in Alaska. Several of the better atv trails are nearby Colorado Creek ATV Trail including Moose Creek Bluff ATV Trail, Quartz Creek Trail, Trail Creek Trail, Windy Creek Trail and Chena River State Recreation Area.

Local Contacts:  BLM (907) 474-2200; Alaska Tourism (907) 465-2010

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Ophir Creek Campground; NFS Cripple Creek Campground; NFS Mount Prindle Campground

Luxury Loding:  Chena Hot Springs Resort (907) 452-7867; Lodge At Black Rapids, Fairbanks

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  65.4712, -148.2623

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  7/21/2016

ID:  15454

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