September 14, 2017

Peach Valley OHV, Olathe, Colorado (north of Montrose)

56 miles 

This is a unique  OHV area and easy to get to.
From Olathe, Colorado, turn east on Falcon Road,  4 miles, which is paved and turns into Peach Valley Road, there is 1 mile of gravel road.  There is a BLM sign and the big area is on your right.  This is a large area with two pit toilets, several picnic tables, some with pavilions. There is no water/electric/dump, but a large flat area to free camp. BLM has maps at the kiosk.

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There is several loading docks, a play-practice area for children and a obstacle course with jumps. Around the staging area you will find a large open area with adobe clay hills to climb for motorbikes or Atv's. When it rains, it gets very slippery, so let it dry up before hitting the hills. The trails are marked with names as well as which machine can go on that trail
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Day 1- 11 miles- After setting up our camper, we played in the open hills area, learning where they go, and how steep the hills are. Some of the dirt bikes, go straight up the hill side, be careful to ride within your ability. Then we headed out to Eagle Trail, which was marked dangerous, but it was more rocky with elevation. It was marked a road on the map(BLM) but was more of a trail. We came to a cross road with a huge drop off!  we turned left Red Rocks-Nighthorse Trail, then Wave road. We made a circle of the trails and ended back at the campground.
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Day 2 -45 miles Nice sunny day, we headed south and rode up some high hills, wow! We finally made it to the Elephant skin road, which we rode south to Flat Top Trailhead, about 6 miles. Elephant skin road is a easy 4x4 road. Most of the trails off this road were for motorbikes or hiking. We did go up the Dump Ridge trail. It rose 530 ft in a short distance, with sheer drop offs on both sides!!
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When we reached the top, we turned around, since the trail turned quite narrow.  Returning toward camp, we took the Chuckar road, which is a slow 4x4 bumpy road, (4 miles one way) that dead ends at the Gunnison River, which flows north in the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness. We thought we'd be the only ones there, but there were 10 vehicles, 10 pack mules and a few people. We found out, pack mules carry rafts and gear, one mile down 1,000 ft to the river, for a 3 day rafting trip.
We rode some trails up and down the hills making our way to camp. They are so much fun, but pick the one for your machine and riding experience. They are steeper then they look!
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INFORMATION>
LOCATION>   NEAREST CITY=Olathe, Co   DIRECTIONS=4 miles east on Falcon road/Peach road
AREA >   TYPE OF LAND=-desert, juniper, mountain  , OWNER=  BLM
QUALITY >  Pro-diverse & camping on site / Con-could have more Atv trails /  Length of stay 2-3 days/ Rating-stars 4
TERRAIN>  MILES OF TRAILS, hills / dunes / mud / dust /elevation                                             TRAIL MAINTENCE   / SQ. MILE AREA -9,700 acres/  NEAR BY TRAILS-Flat Top & Elephant Skin OHV staging 
REGULATIONS> Permit required-Co.OHV sticker / Camping-on site /whip-no / helmets req-no. / width req.-yes
FEE> Camping / Entry-no fee
KEY SERVICES> Camping / Gasoline / Diesel / First Aid /  Water /  Dump / Food=Olathe or Montrose, Colorado
SIDE TRIPS>  Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument, Grand Mesa to the north
CONTACTS>  BLM office in Montrose

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