West of Fairplay in the Pike National Forest, there are several miles of trails open to ATV riding. The following trails are open: TR689 (2 mi), TR740 (1.5 mi), TR691 (5 mi), and TR739 (1 mi). Loops can be formed by connecting these routes. Note: unlicensed vehicles are prohibited on roads, including CR18, CR18.2B and CR18.2C.
To reach the trailhead from Fairplay, head south on US285 for 1 mile to CR18. Follow CR18 for 7 miles to the trailhead at NFS Horseshoe Campground.
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 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, Horseshoe Trail System is the 40th most popular ATV riding trail of all 90 ATV trails in Colorado.