ATV off-roading is a great pastime to take part in when you’re in Summit County. There are multiple trails to ride on to experience the backcountry of Summit County and enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains that are otherwise inaccessible or require a great deal of effort to blaze. In addition to ATV rentals, many companies also offer Jeep and Hummer rentals or tours for you to explore the backcountry.
An all-terrain vehicle (ATV), also known as a three-wheeler, four wheeler, quad bike, or quad, is defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a vehicle that travels on low pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control. As the name implies, it is designed to handle a wider variety of terrain than most other vehicles. ATVs are intended for use by a single operator, although some companies have developed ATVs intended for use by the operator and one passenger. These ATVs are referred to in this regard as tandem ATVs.
ATV off-roading is classified as a dangerous sport! Please be sure to be cautious and as safe as possible. Please wear helmets and padding and be sure to take it easy if there are children on the ATV with you. In fact, a few sources recommend that children under the age of 16 do not even ride on the ATVs and many areas have instituted safety training in order to be eligible to drive these vehicles. Many of the injuries sustained from ATV riding can be prevented by wearing protective gear such as helmets, gloves, boots etc. and for those hardcore riders, body armor is suggested. You must be 24 years old or older in order to rent ATVs and at least 16 with a valid driver’s license in order to drive.
In Colorado the weather can change hourly and it is not uncommon in the high Rockies to have occasional afternoon rainfall. When you are riding ATVs it is recommended to wear long pants, sturdy shoes and bring some rain gear just in case. While you are out riding and encounter an emergency, many of the companies provide a safety number to call, so bring your cell phone. However, signals can be spotty, so be sure to check your reception every now and again in order to find a spot where your cell phone works. It is recommended to stop every fifteen to twenty minutes just to check to make sure.
For the most part, the ATV excursions take place in White River National Forest, which offers spectacular views of the national park and the surrounding mountains. The Forest Service maintains these trails and there are different difficulties in the area, from beginner to advanced.