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.
Overall, Gunsight Pass Road is the 16th most popular ATV riding trail of all 90 ATV trails in Colorado.