Montezuma Colorado is easily one of the best kept secrets in all of Colorado. Tall tales of movie stars, athletes, and public figures having used Montezuma as a hide-away can be heard throughout the local bars of Summit County. Even Lance Armstrong has been spotted in and around the streets that make up the Montezuma's revenge bicycle race. As for backcountry snowmobiling, timbersledding, skiing, and snowboarding; the region is a dream come true. Smaller than the nearby locations of Vail Pass and Piney Lake, what Montezuma lacks in size it easily makes up for in small, almost non-existent crowds and deep untouched powder. Parking mid-way up the access roads is acceptable as long as you're not disrupting the locals. The area is BIG in terms of views and extreme peaks. The parking is at the base of the backdoor trail head to Grays and Torreys Peak (both 14ers) and the initial ride in will take you along massive mountain walls. The one downfall is that because of all of the massive peaks, there is also high risk for Avalanches in the area. In fact, BCA and other backcountry safety companies have used the region for product testing and video production. The region is located just east of Keystone Ski Resort in Summit County Colorado and during the high ski season, you can be caught in the ridiculous traffic that the resorts produce so we recommend that you leave early to avoid the rush.
Over 50,000 Acres
Located in White River National Forest
Snowmobiling / Timbersleds
Snowshoeing / XC Skiing
Hiking / Backpacking
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE
- Alway have Avalanche rescue gear and know how to use it.
- Uphill traffic and snowcats have the right of way.
- Ride single file. Pass on the left.
- Use designated pick-up/drop-off spots.
- Stay in control.
- Always ride the fall line.
- NEVER ride above groups.
These maps are for reference only. Always carry certified U.S. Forest Maps and GPS devices while in the back country. It is your responsibility to know the hazards involved in back country travel and to use proper safety gear and procedures to minimize risks and hazards.