Southwest of Vail in the White River National Forest, the Wurts Ditch Road is a 32 mile OHV route that is relatively flat and good for beginners. The route runs through thick forest with few vistas.
Access from Vail: From I-70, take Exit 171 for Minturn and Hwy. 24. Turn right and continue south on Hwy. 24 approximately 14 miles to No Name Road on the right. There is no road sign, but there is a stop sign for traffic coming off No Name to Hwy. 24. It is the last road on the right about 1 mile before reaching Camp Hale. Reset your odometer at this junction of Hwy 24 and No Name Road.
Trail Highlights: Reset odometer after turning off of Hwy 24. This road is easy for the first 5.9 miles before
abruptly turning much more difficult. At mile 2.9 a view of Sheep Mtn and Chicago Ridge opens up to the east. At 3.8 miles you are given views to the west of the Sawatch Range. At mile 5.9 the road turns left and climbs up a steep, rocky section for about a mile. At 6.9 miles the road splits. FSR 7051M goes right, but stay left on FSR 705. The road becomes an easy double-track with great views for about 0.5 miles. There are creek crossings at 7.6 and 7.8 miles followed by a muddy and rutty section passing through a meadow filled with willows. At 7.9 miles there is another split. Straight ahead is FSR 7051P which goes to Yoder Gulch and ends. Turn right to stay on FSR 705. After a very steep descent down to a flat bench you begin another very easy section which follows Wurtz Ditch for the majority of the remaining trip. At mile 18.6 you will see a cabin and cross a bridge as you reach another intersection. Slide Lake Road is to the right. Turn left to return to Hwy 24. Pass the Colorado Trail at mile 18.9 and reach a “T” intersection at mile 19.2. To the right is FSR 131 to Lily Lake. Go left and reach Hwy. 24 at 20.2 miles. Turn left and pass Camp Hale as you return to where you began.
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.