Jeep & ATV/OHV

Stoney Pass? Alpine Loop? Wheeler Geologic Area? Or any other or our hundreds of back-country roads? Venture out in your 4x4 or ATV! There are many rental options; Cottonwood Cove or Elk Country Jeeps for jeep rentals, Creede ATV, Big Country Fun, Rio Grande Off-Road, and Snowshoe Lodge all rent ATVs and/or UTVs. Looking for a guided adventure? Check out Mountain Skillz! Have a blast in the back-country!

Be sure to stop in the Visitors Center for your copy of the City of Creede OHV Route & Regulations and a Motor Vehicle Use Map for Rio Grande National Forest (click on both links for a complete map).

Know Before You Go

  • Tell Someone: Where you’re going When you’ll be back
  • Buy a Search & Rescue Card ($3 online). The card helps reimburse local SAR team’s expenses for search and rescue missions
  • Check the Weather
  • Maps - don’t rely on cell service. Either have them printed or downloaded before you go
  • Stay the trail where you won’t damage flora and fauna. Nothing will break a local’s heart like a bunch of mudboggers spinning circles in our pristine meadows
  • Stay on the Trail! Going around obstacles widens trails, and causes erosion. Challenge yourself by staying on the trail.
Motorized tips

Our Favorite Jeep / OHV Drives

Bachelor Loop Historic Tour (F3) • This 17-mile driving tour loops through Creede’s historic silver mining district and ghost towns. The tour’s first interpretive stop is just north of Creede in Willow Creek Canyon. A passenger car can traverse the graded gravel road to the Equity Mine and then return to Creede via Bachelor Road and the old town site of Bachelor.

Rat Creek Loop #505/503 (F2) • 8.5 miles • Moderate • 10,200-12,800ft • This loop starts and ends off of the Bachelor Loop Road outside of Creede. The lower portion weaves in and out of spruce trees, and then climbs up to a section of tundra near the Continental Divide. Be sure to take the short spur leading up to the Divide. The trail then drops down into Willow Creek on #503 and passes the Equity Mine, and ends back on the Bachelor Loop Rd.

Wheeler Geologic Area #600 (G3) • 14 miles • Moderate to Difficult • 10,900ft • Wheeler is located 24 miles from South Fork. Go north on Hwy 149 to Pool Table FSR600. The trail starts at the East Bellows Trailhead. The 14 mile, grueling 4-wheel drive road to the area is quite rough and in wet weather it can get very slick and become impassable. Your efforts are rewarded by views of a remarkable geologic formation of moderately coarse volcanic tuff eroded into many different shapes. Plan to leave early for this full-day trip. Must have a high-clearance jeep or OHV/ATV.



(one way)

Elevation Gain


Fern Creek Trail / 815

Easy - Diff.

foot: 15, OHV 4.7


ATV under 50”

Lost Trail Creek / 821 




ATV under 50”

Bachelor Road / 504





Bear Town / 506

Mod. - Diff. 




Bristol Head Peak / 532 





Regan Lake / 521





Stony Pass / 520





Pool Table/Wheeler / 600 





Riding OHVs in City Limits

OHVs are welcome on certain roads in the City of Creede, according to ordinance 397 regulating OHV. The OHV route is designated by the bright blue line on the map. Blue directional signs are posted along the route. Users MUST have proof of insurance and valid drivers licenses. OHVs are not to exceed 15 MPH and are expected to follow the model traffic code just like any other vehicle.
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Please be safe and respectful of our residents, businesses and visitors.

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