West of Buena Vista, the St Elmo / Tincup / Pitkin Loop is a full-day loop ATV ride through amazingly scenic country on forest roads. The St Elmo ATV riding route crosses the Continental Divide twice offering amazing vistas. The loop is roughly 50 miles and combines dirt roads with doubletrack.
To reach ATV riding trailhead at St Elmo from Buena Vista, head south on US285 to CR162. Turn west on CR162 and follow to St Elmo.
Start riding west on CR267 to Tincup over the Continental Divide. In Tincup, head south on CR765 toward Pitkin. Turn east on CR839 over Hancock Pass back towards St Elmo.
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, St Elmo / Tincup / Pitkin Loop is the 4th most popular ATV riding trail of all 90 ATV trails in Colorado.