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Flat Top - Peach Valley
Off-Highway Vehicle - Colorado
Flat Top-Peach Valley is an upland desert landscape within Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area. It is most popular for mountain biking and off-highway vehicle use, and enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of routes. The area features two off-highway vehicle play areas, an ATV and motorcycle site, and a beginner riding area.
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Flat Top - Peach Valley OHV https://www.blm.gov/visit/search-details/16701/2 Flat Top-Peach Valley is an upland desert landscape within Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area. It is most popular for mountain biking and off-highway vehicle use, and enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of routes. The area features two off-highway vehicle play areas, an ATV and motorcycle site, and a beginner riding area.
ve Rd Rd op oo nlig ht Me H ! ( T r se ^ H l ra i sa C h uk a r R d M y s te r y D i tc Moo Black Canyon of the Gunnison Wilderness ! (I Red Rocks n light M e R ds Lu n Red R eg tL Le g e Te Exp Bo ne s Elevator R i d g e ha n ep El nt ha g Le Le Nig e tR an ph e Ridge idg Go e R S k ull X Bon es at Du m e id g t Te p dg Ri e ncS ton Ri dge Ki n g ge mp Ri d u D e om Rd JKI QON Two staging areas in northwest NCA accessed via County Road 2200 and H-75 Road near the Town of Austin. Limited Use Area. No off-route travel permitted. Provides access to Sidewinder and RedrocksNighthorse trails and Smith Mountain Jeep Route. Black Ridge Trail GuJKI n O Advanced scenic trail along Gunnison Gorge Wilderness rim with steep hills, rocks, off-camber terrain, and large ledge step-ups and step-offs. 2 miles, one-way. Connects to Red Rocks Trail, Eagle and Chukar Roads. Eagle Valley Trail JK IO Challenging single track for advanced riders with tight canyon walls, rocks and off-camber terrain. Starts at Peach Valley Recreation Area. Follow signs to Eagle Valley Trail. 1 mile, one-way. Connects to Sunset Rocks, Sidewinder, Spikes Trail, Wave-Eagle Loop. 2WD road connecting Chukar Rd with Elephant Skin Staging Area. Impassable when wet and may be temporarily closed during wet periods to protect soils. 9 miles, one-way. Provides access to numerous designated trails. ns J Du m s Johns B p as y 3 S i dehill p Ri dg e JKI QON King Ditch Trail JKI O Good beginner/intermediate trail with tight turns and blind corners. Access from Flat Top by multiple trails. King Ditch is first ditch after crossing Backside Bridge. 2 miles, one-way. This ditch divides the “open play” area to the south and the designated routes area to the north. Monster Ditch JKI O Intermediate/advanced trail begins off Badlands Trail and ends at Lunar Express Trail. Starts in a narrow ditch that widens to a large open drainage with a steep climb at the end. 1.5 miles, one-way; 5 miles Badlands/Monster Ditch Loop. Redrocks-Nighthorse Trail JKI QON Advanced trail with steep climbs, rocky terrain, and large step-ups and step-offs. Single-track and jeep road sections provide outstanding Gunnison Gorge Wilderness views. 13 miles, one-way. Can be looped with Smith Mountain Road and Wilderness access roads off Peach Valley Road or Sidewinder for single track. Sidewinder Trail JK IO Technical single track snakes in and out of canyons along the NCA’s west side. Rocky off-camber terrain. Access from Smith Mountain Recreation Area, Eagle Valley Trail, Bobcat and other roads along Peach Valley Road. Entire trail is 20 miles long. Shorter or longer rides/hikes are available by combining with other NCA roads or trails. Moderate jeep trail with panoramic views of Gunnison Gorge Wilderness. Connects to Ute Road as well as single-track and road sections of Redrocks-Nighthorse Trail. Connect with South River Road at Smith Mountain Saddle Trailhead for a 14-mile loop along the Gunnison River. ic kP JKI ark QON R Snake Trail JKI QO ATV trail with many banked turns and minimal elevation change. A great trail for beginners and younger riders. 2.5 miles, one-way. Sunset Rocks Trails JKI O Challenging riding with rocks and off-camber terrain. Access from Peach Valley staging area, Eagle Valley Trail or Chukar Road. 3 miles, one-way; 7-mile loop with Eagle Valley and Moonlight Mesa Trail. Wave-Eagle Loop JKI QON Popular intermediate ATV on 4WD roads with moderate hills and very rocky terrain. Access starts off Peach Valley Road. Easier if traveled counterclockwise starting on Wave Road. 6.5-mile loop. Also loops with Bobcat Road via Redrocks Nighthorse Trail for panoramic Gunnison Gorge Wilderness views. Recreation Sites Lan dfi ll R d e R iv er ! ( S J u an A ve an Montrose Y B Smith Mountain Recreation Site/ North Sidewinder Trailhead C NCA Entrance - Carnation Road YN HJ YH E Wave/Eagle/Sidewinder Connector Parking YH YH Eagle Valley Trailhead YH Sunset Rocks Trailhead Y Red Rocks Connector Trail YHOI Slanty Bridge Trailhead YIO F Eagle Road Parking G / oc k er Elephant Skin Road H 50 ra il sT ar h gr pa uk 1 Smith Mountain Recreation Area and Smith Mountain Saddle Trailhead D Wave Road Parking il U Ch ^ Rd et R Provides access to numerous designated single-track and ATV routes. D it c h p K i ng Lincoln Rd Tr Tr u ns Limited Use Area. No off-route travel permitted. All vehicles must stay on signed, designated routes. NOT an “open play” area! Smith Mountain Jeep Trail 6600 RD an ley JKI QO e ail yL Ea gl e Va l Elephant Skin OHV Staging Area & Designated Trails um Le g t Ri dg m Na ss s- d Can Falcon Rd h or se Spikes Tr a Ea g l e G ! ( Offers 1,347 acres of “open play” area acres; numerous trails. A Smith Mountain Saddle Trailhead Wave Rd ! (F Off-route cross-country riding permitted in “open play” area by ve
U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management Colorado Recreation Backyard to Backcountry Map Guide & Guide BLM Colorado Recreation Backyard to Backcountry M ore than a quarter of public lands in Colorado are managed specifically for recreation and tourism. Recreation on BLM lands is all about the visitor’s freedom to choose where to go and what to do. Unlike many other recreation destinations, the BLM’s public lands are still quite rustic. There are no entrance stations and comparatively few developed recreation areas. Diversity is the name of the game in Colorado, from our lands, to our recreation opportunities, to our adjoining communities. Dozens of nearby communities provide permitted guiding and outfitting services, gear and equipment sales, and lodging. BLM Colorado is always seeking recreation partnerships to enhance visitors’ experiences and provide quality recreation opportunities. Public lands are not set aside solely for recreation; they offer energy potential and—in an increasingly urban world—vast open spaces. In many places, the flavor of the Old West is still plainly visible—in historic mining structures as well as contemporary ranching activities. syMBOLs Legend A J K V C A N T E G S Camping Hiking Horse Trail Historic Site Rock Climbing Mt. Biking 4WD Wildlife Viewing Fishing Back Country Byway Kayaking Cover Photo: Kevin Krill - Crested Butte Photography, Penitente Canyon Top: Photo ©Jerry Sintz, Animas Forks Bottom: BLM Photo by Matt McGrath, McInnis Canyons NCA 1 | O T D Q E P Q I H B W Dirt Bike Trail Rafting Hunting ATV Trail Scenic Geology Fossil Site Scenic Area Winter Rec Area Snowshoeing Canoeing Off-Highway Vehicle Know Before you go BLM Colorado Offices 9 1 Craig 8 3 Kremmling Meeker 10 2 DENVER Silt 6 4 5 7 6 Grand Junction 7 8 Gunnison Montrose 3 5 Cañon City 1 2 4 9 10 Monte Vista Durango ROyAL gORge FIeLd OFFICe sAn LUIs VALLey FIeLd OFFICe gUnnIsOn FIeLd OFFICe TRes RIOs FIeLd OFFICe UnCOMPAHgRe FIeLd OFFICe gRAnd JUnCTIOn FIeLd OFFICe COLORAdO RIVeR VALLey FIeLd OFFICe KReMMLIng FIeLd OFFICe LITTLe snAKe FIeLd OFFICe WHITe RIVeR FIeLd OFFICe For additional information, contact the local BLM field office for the area you are planning to visit, or go to www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/ recreation-activities/colorado. B LM Colorado wants you to have the best experience possible on your public lands. When planning your trip, take all necessary safety precautions and be aware of regulations. Take into consideration the weather conditions, necessary equipment and wildlife inhabiting the area. CAMPIng BLM-managed public lands provide a variety of options for overnight trips: • developed campgrounds may include a variety of facilities, such as restrooms, potable water, fire rings, picnic areas, garbage cans, tent pads, etc. • dispersed (undeveloped) campsites are normally recognized by a hardened surface with no vegetation, where others have already camped. Use pre-existing fire rings or firepans, and be sure you know the local fire restrictions. TARgeT sHOOTIng Target shooting is permitted in most locations on BLM lands in Colorado. However, some areas are closed to target shooting for safety and resource protection. To ensure the well-being and enjoyment of all visitors on public lands, please follow laws, regulations and guidelines. OFF-HIgHWAy VeHICLes To ensure that all visitors have a chance to enjoy their public lands, visitors must abide by vehicle travel designations. In most BLM areas, OHVs are limited to operating on roads and trails that are identified on travel maps and/or posted as available for motorized use. Please check in with your local field office for more information on the best locations for motorized recreation. CULTURAL sITes Archaeologists study cultural sites to help understand the past. These important sites act as an outdoor classroom for all ages and provide insight into the lives of previous cultures. Collecting artifacts–including arrowheads–from federal public lands or Indian Tribal lands is illegal under federal laws and regulations. Violators may face prosecution and prison sentences of up to one year or more and possible fines. Never touch painted or plastered walls, petroglyphs or pictographs. The oil and dirt from hands can eventually destroy these remnants of past lives. Leave all artifacts exactly where you find them for others to enjoy. | 2 BLM Colorado offers a diversity of recreation activities and destinations. Here are a just few of the highlights: FIsHIng With four gold medal trout waters and three blue ribbon waters, some of Colorado’s best fishing is found on BLM public lands. Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area and the Upper Colorado River are just a few areas that offer excellent fishing opportunities. ByWAys Several scenic and historic byways such as the Alpine Loop Backcountry Byway, Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Histor
U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management Leave What You Find • Prehistoric and historic sites help us understand our past (collection of artifacts is against the law). Camping TM Plan Ahead and Prepare • Know the special concerns that go along with traveling in the back country. Minimize risk by planning a trip that matches your skills and expectations, and prepare for hazards and emergencies. • Please leave rocks, plants, fossils and other natural objects as you find them. N W E S TM • Visit in small groups when possible. • Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams. TM • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes. TM • Use a lightweight stove for cooking, and enjoy a candle lantern for light. Respect Wildlife • Never feed wild animals. • Good campsites are found, not made. Dispose of Waste Properly • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter (including toilet paper and hygiene products). Minimize Campfire Impacts • Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires. • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses, or snow. on Public Lands • Enjoy rock art by viewing it, not touching it. • Control pets at all times. • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. TM • Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6-8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished. TM • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter. Be Considerate of Other Visitors • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. TM BLM/CO/GI-18/0015 BLM Colorado State Office 2850 Youngfield Street Lakewood, CO 80215 (303) 239-3600 www.blm.gov/co BLM Photo For more information, please contact: CAMPING ON BLM PUBLIC LANDS IN COLORADO DEVELOPED AND UNDEVELOPED CAMPSITES There are more than 8 million acres of public land in Colorado, most of which is available for camping. This brochure is published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to help you enjoy camping on public lands, while preserving the quality of those lands for future generations. Building your camping adventure around your vehicle is one popular way to enjoy your public lands. Developed campgrounds have a variety of facilities available: a toilet, picnic tables, a fire ring, potable water, tent pads, and garbage cans. These sites may require a daily fee, which helps fund the care and maintenance of the site. You can also find developed campgrounds in nearby communities or on lands managed by other agencies. Developed site camping carries responsibilities for being a good neighbor to your fellow campers, and leaving a clean campsite for the next visitors. Although the BLM builds and manages campgrounds on the public lands in some areas, not all recreation attractions have developed recreation sites nearby. Undeveloped sites are normally recognized by a hardened © Jerry Sintz There are several options for staying overnight on public lands managed by the BLM in Colorado. You can camp within a vehicle, trailer, tent, or under the stars. You can enjoy a developed campground or any number of dispersed (undeveloped) sites, backpack or camp on a remote trail. Depending on where you go, available facilities and services vary widely. Please think about the following considerations as you decide what best fits your particular recreation outing. surface with no vegetation where others have already camped. Please use pre-existing campfire rings, and make sure you know fire restrictions that may be in place in your area. Camping at an undeveloped site brings the additional responsibility of packing out what you pack in, and properly disposing of human waste. Please observe the Leave No Trace Skills and Ethics guidelines outlined on the back of this brochure. BLM Photo by Bob Wick BLM Photo CAMPING Whether you take a short hike, an extended backpack trip, or mountain bike into the backcountry, more remote camping requires a greater level of preparation, additional gear and equipment, and more knowledge about how to care for yourself and the environment. Backcountry camping also carries an obligation to leave areas looking as you found them or even better for the next visitor to enjoy.