Best ATV Trails in Estes Park, Part 1

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Being outdoors reinvigorates the soul. From the fresh air and superb sunshine to the pine forest scents and colors that warm your heart, nature brings us back to our roots and can ground us, especially if we’ve been caught up in the busyness of life. Perhaps there is no better place in the United States to gain perspective and escape the hustle and bustle of the world than Estes Park.

Estes Park is a small park that is more well known for being the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) than for anything else. However, Estes Park in the Rocky Mountains is one of the most beautiful places on earth, with soaring mountaintops, gurgling rivers and streams, and so many outdoor activities that it can be hard to count them.

Rams Horn Village Resort sits right outside the entrance to RMNP in Estes Park. We rent luxury cabins that will keep you warm and comfortable at night while you are out in nature during the day. One such amazing outdoor activity that Estes Park offers is ATV riding. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the best trails in Estes Park. Contact us today for cabin availability!


Bunce School Road

To access most ATV trails, you will have to drive a bit outside of Estes Park to get there. This trail is one of the most popular ATV/four-wheel drive trails for atvs estes park rams horn village resortgood reason. This is one of the few trails that has easy sections, intermediate sections, and then challenging sections for die-hard ATV fans. However, the real reason this trail is so popular is because there is a plane crash site that you can see from the trail. It was a T-33 military jet that crashed in 1965, killing the two Air Force pilots on board. The Air Force left the site as is, which today is mainly a bunch of twisted metal. The crash site is located at about 9,000 feet elevation, which means you have to wait until later in the summer to access the site. Another fun attraction on this trail is Pony Ponds, a favorite haunt of moose. And if you’ve never seen moose before, up close and personal, it truly is something special.

Middle Saint Vrain

Middle Saint Vrain trail is rated moderate to difficult. It is fairly long, so this ATV trail adventure will take you all day long, so be sure to pack plenty of snacks. However, just remember that as you are driving on a trail, you don’t have to hike the entire thing. You can turn around wherever and just make this a half day adventure instead. However, this trail is one of the most beautiful near Estes Park. It offers views of the continental divide, Beaver Reservoir, and many more mountain views. This trail is best from late June to early July to see the wildflowers. If you are in Estes Park, this trail should be near the top of your list. This trail is also popular with hikers, runners, and campers.

Switzerland Trail

Located near Boulder, Switzerland Trail is 20 miles long and is great for all skill levels of ATV riders. With beautiful wild flowers, this trail climbs gradually rent atvs estes park rams horn village resortthrough rolling mountain meadows. There are great views of RMNP. This trail runs straight with little grade because it was originally cut for the railroad. The line was meant for miners that needed a route out of the mountains. The railroad operated from 1883 to 1919, carrying people, supplies, and ore back and forth from Boulder to other, smaller mountain towns. The railroad closed in part to harsh winter conditions and mine closures. Today, you won’t find any of the rails, but you will find a beautiful trail that is smooth with a gradual slope that is easy to travel and yet narrow enough to have you extremely close to nature.

Pole Hill

Pole Hill is a trail extremely close to Estes Park. You can expect to see spectacular views of both Estes Park and RMNP and abundant wildlife. The first part of the trail is very challenging as it’s steep, however, this loop is only about six miles long and extremely rewarding. This is one of the few trails that is open all year long for hikers, but closed to four-wheel drive vehicles in the winter. This trail is great in the warm summer months of July through September. Perfect ATV trail for those seeking something really close to Estes Park and is only a half a day’s adventure.


After being outside all day long in the warm air rock-crawling, there’s nothing quite like returning home to a nice, hot shower to get the dirt from the trails off. Rams Horn Village Resort’s luxury cabins in Estes Park endeavors to make your stay after riding super easy. We offer a heated outdoor swimming pool, three hot tubs, a playground for the kids, hammocks for relaxing, bicycles in the summer, sleds in the winter, and guest computers. Our rooms are everything you could want in a mountain cabin, with 600 thread count sheets, stainless steel appliances in a full kitchen, and two master suites. Our luxury cabins in Estes Park can sleep up to six people, so your entire party can have their space.rams horn village resort estes park

Remember that when heading up to the mountains of Colorado, you’ll want to choose a luxury cabin that is close to town, yet far enough away where you can feel alone in this world. Rams Horn Village Resort in Estes Park is just such a place. You are surrounded by beauty at every turn, and you can’t help but feel a sense of wonder.

If you are interested in owning one of these cabins, please let us know. We offer fractional ownership opportunities should you be interested. If you are a frequent guest to Estes Park and find yourself renting cabins, why not own one? You can use it when you want, but rent it out for profit to others to enjoy when you’re away. In fact, your rental uses will have your cabin paid for in no time, making your life-long investment worth it. You can pass your ownership on to your children or whomever you wish. We are a non-profit in business for our owners. Visit our website for more information.

Whether you are just visiting Estes Park, you are interested in cabin ownership opportunities, or you are looking to take advantage of one of our specials, give Rams Horn Village Resort a call today!