Northeast of Creede in the Rio Grande National Forest, the Wheeler Geologic Area has wind-worn spires at 11,500 ft, hovering above a dark forest. The Wheeler Geologic Road #600 is a popular 13.7 mile route open to ATV riding. It is rough and slow going on this old 4WD road.
To reach the Wheeler Geologic Area trailhead from Creede, head east on SR 149 for 7.3 miles to the signed turnoff for FS600 (aka Pooltable Road). Follow FS600 as it veers right and climbs up 2,300 feet over 8 miles. Park at the Hansons Mill trailhead. Note: September is a beautiful time to visit.
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 is only permitted on Forest Service roads that area marked as open to ATVs.