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Off Road | ATV

On Forest Service roads and single track in surrounding National Forests, you can get off paved roads to the north, south, east, and west of Estes Park & RMNP.

Roosevelt & Arapaho National Forest Service roads are the best bet for your 4 wheeler or ATV, and you’ll have access to miles of trails to explore.

Roosevelt National Forest is over 800,000 acres large and originally created in 1897. It is divided into 2 ranger districts – the Canyon Lakes Ranger District and the Boulder Ranger District.
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Just outside of Drake, in the Roosevelt National Forest, is one of many fun areas where dirt bikers can ride – Storm Mountain. It is an easy to moderate ride, although the conditions of the ride change based on the weather. When the roads get wet, they become very slippery and harder to navigate. If it’s been dry for a while, it’s easier to manage.
When you get to the top you have a magnificent view of the entire foothills area. It’s probably one of the best places to see fireworks on the 4th of July, as you can see all the fireworks displays as they happen. For specific trail information and directions, you can check out the Stay the Trail website. Storm Mountain trail is open from mid-June to the end of November.

It’s also helpful to be aware of Rocky Mountain National Park’s position on the noise produced by ATVs:

“Park soundscapes are part of a web of natural and cultural resources protected by the National Park Service (NPS). The acoustic environment is a resource that NPS protects, just like air or water. Parks are actively working to minimize noise pollution from many sources, both internal and external. Noise can adversely impact wildlife by reducing the area over which they can communicate and listen for potential prey or predators. Natural sounds are also important to park visitors, 90 percent of whom say enjoying the sounds of nature is one of the top reasons they visit parks.”

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