Glenwood Springs

South Glenwood Springs

This region is worth the drive. Sure, you need to navigate your way through Glenwood Springs and up to Ski Sunlight and still track a few more miles before reaching the actual trail head but it is worth the effort. Comprised of mostly rolling hills and relatively flat surfaces by Rocky Mountain standards, this region sees some traffic from the local Pitkin County riders but not as many as one would think. Parking is available along the road and you need to pay close attention as the area is also a popular destination for cross country skiers and snowshoers. The region is completely off-the-grid so you need to have proper back country maps with you and GPS devices. Also remember to let others know that you'll be in the area and when. Your last chance for gas is in Glenwood Springs so be sure to top off before making your way up 4 Mile road. The snow can be hit or miss. Your best bet is to check our snow depth charts and see if the region is even ready to ride. There are years where the best snow in the state can be had here and there are other years where it is a dry summer field all year long.

Location Details

Parking Available

Over 90,000 Acres

Located in White River National Forest

Seasonal Activities

Snowmobiling / Timbersleds

Snowshoeing / XC Skiing

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  1. Alway have Avalanche rescue gear and know how to use it.
  2. Uphill traffic and snowcats have the right of way.
  3. Ride single file. Pass on the left.
  4. Use designated pick-up/drop-off spots.
  5. Stay in control.
  6. Always ride the fall line.
  7. 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.