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Recommended 4x4 Offroad Trails
Pagosa Springs, CO

Southwest Colorado is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the United States. With its towering peaks, crystal-clear streams, and miles of open wilderness, the San Juan Mountains are a nature lover’s paradise and an off-road enthusiast’s playground.

From the verdant valleys of the Piedra River to the high alpine terrain of Engineer Pass, there’s a world of unrivaled  natural beauty waiting to be discovered. If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure, the San Juan Mountains and Pagosa Springs offer an unforgettable experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

Our unguided Polaris RZR rentals allow you to journey up an incredibly difficult off-road 4×4 trail with relative ease, and experience the high alpine environment of Colorado in a way that few others can – with unparalleled freedom to explore the San Juan Mountains, including exclusive access to the world-renowned Elwood Pass. 

San Juan River Flow Rate

Current San Juan River Levels

  • Streamflow: 310 ft³/s
  • Gage height: 4.74 ft

Many of the trails require river crossings which aren’t passable until the San Juan River drops below 1000 ft³/s

If you are curious if a trail is currently open and passable, feel free to check here to get live readouts of the San Juan River Flow.

Blue Creek to Buckles Lake Trail

Discover the thrill of the Blue Creek Connector 4×4 Trail, a favorite choice for early and late-season adventurers, as well as those seeking a more approachable off-road experience.

Connecting the Blanco Road and the Buckles Lake Road, this approximately 2.25-mile trail awaits just a short distance from highway 84. Brace yourself for a challenging and steep journey, navigating rugged, technical terrain while being rewarded with breathtaking views of the majestic Southern San Juan Range.

Traverse rivers, conquer rugged ridges, and be captivated by the allure of Squaretop and the surrounding San Juan Mountains before finally reaching the serene Buckles Lake, nestled at the foot of the impressive V Rock.

Summit of Elwood Pass

Embark on a thrilling adventure up Elwood Pass Trail and through extra-challenging terrain from the East Fork area up a nearly 4500-ft vertical climb to 11,676ft that unveils magnificent vistas, historic mining towns, and awe-inspiring summits.

Caution is advised during late seasons due to hidden patches of snow and ice on Elwood Pass, adding to the trail’s challenging nature. Extreme caution is recommended, especially for beginner riders, given the trail’s exposure and potential hazards.

The trail has extreme exposure and accidents could lead to serious injury or even death. We’ve helped hundreds of visitors summit Elwood Pass, but the trail carries it’s risks and hazards at any time of the year. Riders and Drivers should be cautious throughout the year.

Four Mile Falls to Piedra Falls

Indulge in a scenic open-air tour through the mountains with the delightful Four Mile Falls to Piedra Falls Trail. Unlike our other trails, this route focuses on offering a beautiful drive with fewer technical 4×4 sections, making it suitable for most ages and comfort levels.

Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes as you traverse this enchanting trail. But the real treasure awaits at the end – an easy 10-minute walk leading you to a mesmerizing waterfall, the perfect reward for your unforgettable journey.

Overhead Map of Pagosa Springs, Colorado


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