Webster Pass For ATV Riding

The 71st most popular all terrain vehicle trail in Colorado.

  Pike National Forest, Colorado, US


  March 26, 2018

Near Grant in the Pike National Forest, the Webster Pass is a 5 mile route. This is a very narrow shelf road with limited opportunities for passing. Vehicles have rolled off while attempting to pass, so be aware of oncoming traffic and possible passing locations.

This road often does not open until late July or early August because of the large snowbank just below the top of the pass on the Handcart Gulch side, which does not melt off on until then.

The road ascends Handcart Gulch to timberline, where it begins climbing the narrow shelf road section to the Continental Divide (see the cautionary note above). From the summit, one can either descend to the north toward Montezuma into the Dillon Ranger District of the White River National Forest, or return back down Handcart Gulch. The Redcone road is a one-way road (south to north) and cannot be driven from the top of Webster Pass.

Webster Pass crosses the Continental Divide between Handcart Gulch and the upper reaches of the Snake River above the town of Montezuma. The Red Cone road descends the ridgeline from the east to the top of the Pass. Vegetation includes spruce, lodgepole pine and aspen at lower elevations with tundra and boulder fields at higher elevations. Do not drive off the road, particularly not on delicate alpine tundra.

To reach the trailhead from Denver, travel southwest on US 285, through Bailey and Grant, to Hall Valley (CR 60). Turn northwest on CR 60 (FDR 120) and travel .25 miles past Handcart Gulch Campground to the Webster Pass and Red Cone sign at the junction of FDR 120 and 121.

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, Webster Pass is the 71st most popular ATV riding trail of all 89 ATV trails in Colorado. Several of the better atv trails are nearby Webster Pass including Slaughterhouse Gulch Trail, Kenosha Pass - Twin Cone Road, Red Cone Road, Hall Valley Road and Radical Hills / Swan River.

Local Contacts:  SINF (303) 275-5610; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc

GPS:  39.4843, -105.8031

Date Published:  12/24/2015

Date Updated:  3/26/2018

ID:  19202

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