Near Leadville, the Birdseye Gulch Road is a 17 mile loop. This 17 mile loop is usually ridden by mountain bikers, but horseback riders, hikers, ATV riders and motorcyclists may want to try this route. Begin in Leadville at East 7th and Harrison. Follow East 7th Street past the Matchless Mine where it will turn to dirt. Stay on the main road staying left at the two forks and continue up towards Mosquito Pass. At the saddle before the high switchbacks begin you will take a left and travel north down Buckeye Gulch. You will follow this "road" through a major bog and past the railroad tracks to Colorado Hwy. 91. At this point, take a left and travel along the highway back to Leadville. You may want to try this route from Highway 91 and ending in town.
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 limited to designated roads that are signed as open or marked on the forest recreation map. To be safe (and legal), contact the Forest Service HQ to obtain a map at (719) 553-1400.
Overall, Birdseye Gulch Road is the 30th most popular ATV riding trail of all 90 ATV trails in Colorado.