North of Crested Butte in the Gunnison National Forest, Gunsight Pass Road is open to ATV riding. Gunsight Pass Road is an abandoned mine access road. This is a steep, rocky five mile climb up 3,000 feet to Gunsight Pass starting just south of Oh Be Joyful campground. Get ready for a lot of switchbacks -- they seem endless!
The trailhead is located on Slate River Road. There is a signed turnoff and plenty of parking. Note: youll need to ford the Slate River since the bridge is out -- so make sure to go after the snow has melted.
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.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding on Forest Service roads is only permitted if the road is unpaved and if it is not maintained by Gunnison County.