Nestled within the eastern edge of Breckenridge, Colorado, this exhilarating trail ride features shear-cliffs, year-round snow patches, mountain goats, and high altitude swaths of fast-paced, no-trees riding.
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Don’t think that this is a bad trail given the middle-of-the-road four-star rating! We’re side-by-side racers- we want to go fast and we want a challenge! For Scenery-Seekers and Sunday-Strollers, it really doesn’t get much better than this for those of us living on the Front Range of Colorado. Seriously, we’ve seen a lot of the trails within a 2.5 hour radius of Denver, CO and can definitively vouch for riding the Breckenridge area.
On the Edge of Your Seat
When your cruising this network of trails, you’ll find that the majority rests above the treeline. It’s a welcome characteristic given the absence of hazardous blind corners and the endless 360-degree scenery. For those of us riding as a passenger, this trail ride will not disappoint!
All of this scenery comes at a huge caveat, however. It is imperative that you’re not distracted and that you have proper safety/recovery equipment. We fully recommend a set of PRP harnesses and PRP CV boot-savers to keep you safe and on the trail.
As you come in to Breckenridge from the north, presumably off of I70, watch for Tiger Road (an intersection with a light) on your left. Follow this road down for several miles until you see a large staging area on the right. The road is going to be paved initially, passing through a couple of residential areas. After about 10-15 minutes of driving, you will notice the road turn to gravel/dirt and will see pull-offs and the very large staging area shortly thereafter. Regardless, this lot can get very full on weekends so plan accordingly and show up early. Once you off load your rig, look for the Swan Road Trail or Middle-Fork Swan Road Trail to start maneuvering to the top of the mountains. It’s exceptionally easy to get lost so bring your phone, bring your charger, and download the Co-Trex app to keep tabs on where your at as you drive.
Once Your There
For anyone with factory suspension, this trail can get very rocky and bumpy! Certain sections give the appearance of being flat and open but can quickly transform into a rutted, rocky mess- stay observant! Once your there, watch out for trails like Radical Hill- most of this narrow trail is at an insane gradient that has an additional cross-slope. While mistakenly starting down this trail, I realized that a portion, half of a mile down, was snowed-out and thus, impassable. Had I kept going without noticing this early on, my day would have gone from great to horrible very quickly (narrow, steep, and loose trails don’t make for great turnaround spots).
Otherwise, the riding out here is incredible! Especially for SxS/UTV riders, the expanse out here is enough for atleast an entire weekend. With careful planning, you can actually navigate this trail network directly over the mountains near Jefferson, CO (to the South-East) and into Arapaho Basin (to the North-East).
While your out here, expect to traverse up and down monstrous mountain roads through large evergreen forests. Especially if your here in the early summer, bring a jacket as the temperatures fluctuate significantly. At an elevation of approximately 12,000 ft, the weather can go from sunny to stormy in a matter of hours.
When your out on the trails, regardless of your setup or crew, bring equipment that is reputable. While we always carry a spare-tire, we have an exceptional success rate with our Sedona Coyotes and Sedona Rock-A-Billy tires. Our SuperATV axles are phenomenally robust and have yet to leave us stranded. To see what we specifically use on our Can Am X3, refer to the ‘About Our Rig’ page. As always, feel free to ask questions on our Instagram or Facebook.
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