ATV Ride: Montrose, CO, Flat Top Free Riding Area

Thursday the Uncompahgre Valley Trail Riders Snowmobile and ATV Club held a club ride to the Flat Top free riding area north of Montrose, CO. My wife and I jumped on our Polaris RZR and joined them. Below are a photo of where we stopped for lunch, a video showing how to drive a 50-inch wide RZR across a 46-inch wide bridge, and the GPS map of the ride. The area is open to the public year-round, but beware that the adobe clay dirt is impassible when wet. The area is a haven for dirt bike motorcycles and most of the trails are single tracks, but we were able to take our ATVs on many of the trails.

The group stops for lunch north of Flat Top. Note the adobe hills in the background. The entire area is composed of this soft dirt that supports very little vegetation. The feds and the City of Montrose  have set aside a few thousand acres of this as a free-riding area.

The group stops for lunch north of Flat Top. Note the adobe hills in the background. The entire area is composed of this soft dirt that supports very little vegetation. The feds and the City of Montrose have set aside a few thousand acres of this as a free-riding area.


The GPS track of our ride.  You enter at the left; there's a parking area with a pit toilet. We first climbed Flat Top, home to numerous radio towers, and then toured parts of the free riding area. We barely touched the trails; there are many, many trails.

The GPS track of our ride. You enter at the left; there's a parking area with a pit toilet. We first climbed Flat Top, home to numerous radio towers, and then toured parts of the free riding area. We barely scratched the surface of the trails; there are so many of them.

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