ATV Historic Color Tour enters its seventeenth year

ATV Historic Color Tour enters its seventeenth year

ATV Historic Color Tour enters its seventeenth year



Experience the rugged terrain, fall colors and historical sites in

the heart of fourteener country.


Buena Vista, Colorado, September 19 – 23, 2017 – Riders will experience

four days of self-guided tours through the awe-inspiring backcountry of the

Collegiate Peaks range with 12 fourteen thousand foot mountains!  The

greatest concentration of 14,000 ft. peaks on the continent.


Participants will be able to explore old mining camps and ghost towns via

high mountain passes where gold and silver ore were carried by mule wagons to

the railroads.  Buena Vista is minutes away from the San Isabel National

Forest with its 1,109,782 acres of true splendor and over 700 miles of trails

to explore.  Our town is also the gateway to the 148-mile long Arkansas

Headwaters Recreation Area with its Gold Medal fishing. To make things even

more enticing we have two Hot Springs to relax in after a thrilling day’s



The ATV Historical Color Tour is timed to coincide with the fall colors, the

aspens are all aglow with gold and red tones.  Each morning riders choose

their route, there are many to select from.  There are no more than 50 riders

allowed on the same trail. The tour is run differently than most as there are

no guides, each rider chooses their self-guided ride and goes at their own

pace.  Each trail has volunteer outriders to answer questions and make sure

everyone gets back each night!


Here are a couple of our favorite rides:


Hancock/Tin Cup Loop is a favorite of the Color Tour. The route is

magnificent with high mountain vistas, old mine sites, and several ghost

towns. Riders start at the ghost town of St. Elmo and ride to the summit of

Hancock Pass (over 12,000′). Shortly past the summit, a side trip along

smooth railroad grade takes one to the Alpine Tunnel site, the first bore

through the Continental Divide. The route continues back down the railroad

grade to the town of Pitkin where one can ride ATV’s through the town streets

for gas and food. The route continues over Cumberland Pass into the ghost

town of Tin Cup. The return trip takes riders past Mirror Lake at 11,000′ and

over Tin Cup Pass at 12,000′. Here there is more color, history, mining sites

and natural beauty than anywhere else, and you get to cross the Continental

Divide twice in one day.


The Mt. Antero/Baldwin Lake route takes one higher than any other on the

Tour.  The highest point is 13,700′ and the summit at 14,269′ is a short hike

from there. Rider’s visit two high mountain lakes and a couple of mines.

Near the summit of Mt. Antero, aquamarine and quartz are still mined today on

active claims.


Twin Lakes/Lost Canyon are two routes that will require trailering, but are

worth the effort. At the top of Lost Canyon, one will be in awe of the views

of Mt’s. Belford, Oxford, Missouri, and Huron . . . all 14’ers. From the top

of the Twin Lakes trail, one can see across the valley into the famous

California Gulch Mining District.


The Registration fee of $95.00 for the event includes a commemorative booklet

with self-guided trail descriptions, four breakfasts, Saturday night Pig

Roast, t-shirt, Poker Run, and ATV rodeo.  All OHV vehicle types are allowed

to join in the fun as long as they have a Colorado OHV permit and are no

wider than 50 inches.


The ATV Historic Color Tour is hosted by the (non-profit) Buena Vista Chamber

of Commerce & Visitor Center. The Tour is operated under permits from the US

Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.  For more information and

registration go to


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Press Contact:

Name:   Jamie Hagen

Telephone:      719.395.6612