Rainbow Trail For ATV Riding

The 35th most popular all terrain vehicle trail in Colorado.

  Salida, Colorado, US


  March 25, 2018

Southeast of Salida, a southern section of the 180 mile Rainbow Trail is open to ATV riding. This 42 mile section is between Big Cottonwood (west of Hillside) near Lake Creek Campground in the north and heading down to Music Pass (off CR 119) in the south.

To reach the Lake Creek Campground from Westclife head north on SR69 for 11 miles to CR198. Head west on CR198 for 3 miles west to the campground. Campground has 11 campsites and is accessible by small RVs. It would still be possible to access the trail from the Alvarado Campground - it is in the northern part of the trail.

Note: The Alvarado Campground, known as one of the best on the trail, is currently closed for construction, but should re-open in May 2007. This campground will have 3 large horse sites, reservations are required. To reach the Alvarado Campsite, travel 3 miles south on State Hwy 69 from Westcliffe. Turn west onto County Rd. 140 and travel 7 miles to the campground.

If youre in the area, make sure to eat at the Alpine Lodge – its a great meal.

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, Rainbow Trail is the 35th most popular ATV riding trail of all 89 ATV trails in Colorado. Several of the better atv trails are nearby Rainbow Trail including Fourmile, Texas Creek OHV Area, St Elmo / Tincup / Pitkin Loop and Otto Mears Toll Road.

Local Contacts:  San Isabel National Forest (719) 269-8500; Salida Visitors (719) 539-2068; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; All Season Adventures ATV Tours (719) 530-0651.

Best Season:  Jul. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Thomas House B&B, Salida; Pinon & Sage B&B (719) 539-3227; Woodland Motel (800) 488-0456

Luxury Loding:  River Run Inn (800) 385-6925

Breakfast Restaurant:  First Street Cafe; Thunderdrum Coffee; Cornucopia

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

GPS:  38.2634, -105.6677

Date Published:  1/5/2016

Date Updated:  3/25/2018

ID:  19367

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