Colorado 500 Dirt Biking

The annual Colorado 500 Invitational Charity Dirt Bike Ride is one of the most scenic, and exclusive, offroad motorcycle rides in the US. The ride starts in Basalt, and loops over the mountains through the towns of Snowmass, Crested Butte, Lake City and Ouray. The ride passes through incredibly spectacular Rocky Mountain terrain including Taylor Pass, Italian Mountain, Ohio Pass, Engineer Pass and California Pass.

The Colorado 500, which is only open to 300 riders each year, requires street legal offroad motorcycles and they must pass a strict technical inspection for noise and performance prior to the ride. Also, there is a $1,000 entry fee that covers food and lodging. In addition, there are suggested donations throughout the ride.

Note: Colorado residents must register their off-highway vehicle with the Colorado State Parks (303) 866-3437. Non-residents are not required to register in Colorado, if they are registered in their home states. 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.


Local Contact(s):  Colorado 500 (970) 927-4010; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Colorado Dirt Bike Adventures & Rentals (970) 879-3948.

Recommended Map:  "Trail Map For Telluride, Silverton, Ouray" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Jun. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Breakfast Restaurant:  Tic Toc Diner; Mocha Moose Coffeehouse

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Date Updated:  7/4/2016


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