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Texas Creek ATV Trails
The trails of Texas Creek are located on the Arkansas River in central Colorado. They provide a good day of riding with some wide trails and some narrow enough only to allow an ATV through. Most of the trails circle around the Table Mountain; on the eastern wide the terrain is flat and easy to navigate and the western side features rock formations and sandier soil. The riding area has primitive camping nearby, and the area is also used by ranchers so watch out for livestock!
Cuchara Recreation Area
This forest landscape is a great place to ride and take in the sights of Colorado. You can set up camp, hike, go fishing and ride your ATV here, and there are trails that novices will feel at home on. You can probably catch a glimpse of diverse wildlife, and the trails are open until mid-November when the snow covers the area. Permits for camping are $13.
Lefthand Canyon OHV
In the Roosevelt National Forest, this riding area is situated between 6,000 and 8,000 feet. It has some technical trails, rocky hillclimbs, and allows camping nearby. The riding here is free (but check with the Forest Service to make sure that hasn't changed) and is open year-round.
Grand Valley OHV Area
With 25 miles of riding area, this is a popular destination for off-road enthusiasts. It offers a little bit of everything, from hardpack to loose dirt and from steep hills to rocks. You can free ride anywhere here, but there are no services (and therefore no fees).
North Sand Hills Special Recreation Management Area
If you're looking for some sandy fun in Colorado, check this place out! It has year-round riding in more than 300 acres of dunes and surrounding trails that wind through aspen and sagebrush. There are no fees and you can camp here (primitive).