4-Wheeling / ATV / Biking

4-Wheeling and ATV trails are abundant in the Rifle area during the summer months. Head up from the Colorado River in any direction and you are bound to come across trails suitable for only 4-Wheel Drive Vehicles and some only wide enough for ATVs and / or Dirt Bikes. Enjoy speeding through fields of wildflowers or climbing steep terrain in Colorado’s back-country.

4-Wheeling / ATV near Rifle, Colorado

Keep in mind, in Colorado, we stay the trail! Help us protect our state, by “treading lightly” – leave a good impression and obey these common rules:

Drive only on existing trails. Driving off roads or trails, may mean that you are crushing vegetation and disturbing the ground.

Vehicles should not be wider than the route. Motorcycles (dirt bikes) may travel on single track trails. ATV’s and 4-Wheel Drive vehicles may use two-track roads and trails. Again, if the route is wider than the vehicle, you’re OK.

“Stay The Trail, Colorado”

Before you head out to the back country, note that OHVs operated in Colorado need to be registered even if you are a Colorado resident or visiting from out of state – nonresidents. For information on registering your OHV contact Colorado State Parks at (970) 625-1607 or CLICK HERE to register online.

Trail maps are available year round at the Rifle Information Center (200 Lions Park Circle in Rifle, Colorado), Stay the Trail web-site www.staythetrail.org, USDA Forest Service – White River National Forest, and the Bureau of Land Management.

Click Here for a Roan Plateau trail map.



Interest in bicycling is growing as a still a relevant form of transportation and recreational daytrip activity. Planning to develop new trail systems and citywide cycling street networks for its implementation can have a strong effect on the economies of small towns like Rifle Colorado. This video explores the options for better implementing accommodating bicycles in the process of planning for Rifle’s future.