4-wheeling or driving side by sides is a great activity on the Western Slope hitting the trail very fun, and there are a number of trails around Rifle, the Flattops, Silt, Glenwood Springs, Snowmass, and Marble. Whether or not 4-wheeling is allowed is indicated by a sign.
You can find used 4 wheelers by going to Western Slope Classified Ads closed facebook group, or other local buy sell and trade groups. If you search in facebook for 4wheelers for sale you’ll get a drop down menu where you can find the posts nearest to your location.
There’s a WesternSlope4Wheelers facebook page western slope 4 wheelers group in Montrose you can find them on facebook @WesternSlope4Wheelers.
Glenwood Adventure Tours offers guided trips on the historic Bair Ranch.
The Visit Grand Junction website makes it super easy to find trails around there.
All Terrain Motorsports is a private dealership.
FunshareBuggyCenter offers an ATV rental experience.
Now, if you’re visiting Moab that’s a whole other page, but clearly a great place to 4 wheel. Discover Moab wheeling here
Packing for a day long adventure: I like taking rain pants and a good rain jacket, you need a ballcap and a bandana. I like those wraps you can put around your hair or neck. If my hair is long, I braid it, and bring a brush in my backpack. In my little backpack I carry my phone, handheld gps, wallet, paper map, multitool, dogtreats, one snack, handwipes, handsanitizer, toilet paper, chapstick, bug repellent, and journal. You need a snack bag and a water bottle. You need a leash in case your dog is not following your commands, you need a dog bowl for giving water in case you don’t see water for awhile. I don’t like wearing shorts because the metal close to the footrests can get hot, so I like wearing jeans even in the summer. Trail jogging shoes would be the lightest thing I would choose for footwear, but I really prefer the protection and support of hiking boots.
Safety tips: Obviously take a friend, a knife or multitool, and have a winch installed. Take a paper map is something I always think is a good idea, even though I have my map loaded on my app and my phone charged fully before leaving. Tell someone who is not going what time you’ll touch base when you get back. I like taking a handheld gps with extra batteries to mark spots that are nice to return to in the future.
See my National Forest Maps Page for more information on preparing your Avenza app or buying maps.