Riding off-road trails in Colorado/Utah

Discussion in 'Americas' started by lostNfound, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. lostNfound

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    I'm new to off-roading but not new to riding and wanted to plan a trip to Colorado/Utah with a few of my friends (who are more experienced off-roaders). There were some questions and concerns brought up in our discussions in regards to local laws/rules and riding offroad.

    What should we know about riding off-road trails in these states? Are there rules such as requiring permits, quiet exhaust, etc when riding trails? Do most trails have manned entrances where you have to pay to get through? When I was out there last time on a sportbike, there were a couple of trails that I rode where it was just considered a road and I had no problems riding it.

    Also in regards to fuel delivery, we're riding a DRZ400, KLR650, CRF250 coming from Toronto (250 ft above sea level). Will we have trouble riding 14 000ft mountain passes and need to consider rejetting? (well, except for the fuel injected CRF250).
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  2. DADODIRT

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    Colorado requires an OHV pass for ATV and single track. They are $25.25 for the year and can be purchased at any public lands office(BLM). On county and public roads you need a license plate.
    Not sure about Utah. It used to be that if you had a Colorado pass it worked in Utah, but I think they have changed it. Same thing about the plate for public roads.
    You might try in the regional forums-Rockies. Or do a search there.
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  3. Countdown

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    First I assume you mean off-highway, you must ride designated roads and trails. Off-road is not legal except in designated "Open Areas" where you can ride cross country.

    If all bikes are not street legal you will not have a good trip. You will be restricted to very small trail systems unless you are Dual Sport.

    I have never had a problem with any 4-stroke jetted to run from 4,000 to 12,000. Just live with it above 12,000 you ae not there very long.
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  4. dkom95

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    If you're looking for a killer route in Utah, check out Butler Maps. They teamed up with Touratech, and are developing these BDRs (Backcountry Discovery Routes) in some western states. They have a Utah map, and they're working on Colorado now. Can't wait til it comes out. The riding in Utah was great. Here's the link:

    http://www.utbdr.com/

    A lot of land in these states is BLM - Bureau of Land Management. Fewer rules than national forests, camping anywhere, and you can ride anywhere as long as you stay on a trail.
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  5. Performance Cycle

    Performance Cycle 303-744-2011

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    Hey man,
    As far as the OHV's go, like another user said, they run $25.25. We are Performance Cycle of Colorado and we sell them here at our store. On most of the off-road trails your pipes do need to technically be below 96 db and spark arrested. The KLR stock pipe should be fine. The CRF and DRZ may need spark arresters, FMF makes a Q4 pipe that is spark arrested and quiet enough for the trails. The DRZ and KLR will need to be re-jetted in order to run well up here. We can definitely advise you on some good jetting for altitude. Feel free to give us a call at 303-744-2011. We also have some great maps for back country in Colorado. As well as the Utah Bulter map someone mentioned, we have some made by Latitude 40 and cover a good majority of the Colorado mountains. Let us know if you need anything else! Have a great trip! We hope you enjoy the Colorado scenery as much as we do. :D

    www.performancecycle.com
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  6. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    good to see ya on ADV!

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  7. eakins

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    thanks!
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  8. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    This land is VERY fragile here, and being heavily over used, so please stay on the desiginated trails, or the trail will be closed for ever. Info on Stay the trail Colorado website could be helpful. Lots of good riding. All the county rds require a street legal lic plate, then the. OHV trails require the sticker in Colorado. Quiet pipes are better, not as many complaints from hickers etc. as someone said jet for about 4-5000 ft and live with it. I run a JD jet kit on my DRZ. Jet it for 5000+ in the summer
    And just one clip richer on the needle in the winter. Eddie (burned) on Thumpertalk will give you the exact jet setup for what you are running.
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  9. lostNfound

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    Thanks for the feedback guys.

    Definitely good to know that we need a permit to run the trails.

    I have a Yoshimura aftermarket exhaust, its not very loud, has a silencer and spark arrestor which came with the bike. Not a huge fan of noise so I tend to keep it quiet, dont like to attract too much attention.

    All bikes are street legal with the proper insurance.
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  10. byways

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    You are so right. Thanks for the reminder!

    :clap
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