Southwest of Salida and Poncha Springs, the Otto Mears Toll Road is a backbone ATV route that accesses many scenic destinations in the region.
To reach the trailhead from Poncha Springs at US50, head south on US285 for 5 miles to CR200 (Marshall Pass Road). Head southwest on CR200 for 2 miles to the well signed Shirley parking area.
From Shirley, try riding west up to Marshal Pass via Poncha Creek Road. Or, try riding southwest up Silver Creek (FS201) for 2.5 miles and then take the sharp left turn up the rugged Otto Mears Toll Road (FS869) heading south to the old Superior Mill site. Further south from Superior there are trails leading up Round Mountain or up Kerber Creek.
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, Otto Mears Toll Road is the 10th most popular ATV riding trail of all 90 ATV trails in Colorado.