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Webster Pass/Red Cone – ATV Colorado

Location: Montezuma CO
Skill Level: Difficult
Distance: 20 miles
Usage: Moderate
Season: Late July – fall. Closed to motorized traffic Nov. 23 thru May 20
Vehicles Allowed: 4×4, ATV, SxS, motorcycles.

View up to Webster Pass by auntie rain | Flickr

Two Trailheads For Webster Pass & Red Cone

Keystone / Montezuma Colorado Trailhead – Although you can’t see it on this map, Red Cone connects to Webster Pass after driving one way over the cone. See embedded map below for a better view of the actual cone trail.
The drive over Red Cone
US Highway 285 Red Cone Trailhead about 3 miles west of Grant Colorado

There are two ways to access this loop trail. You can start in the small remote community of Montezuma CO, about a 45 minute drive from Keystone. Or, it can also be accessed from County Rd. 60 just outside of Grant Colorado.

At about 20 miles total, this is a short route, but it’s slow going, so it will take several hours. This intense ride traverses the spine of Red Cone with sheer drops on both sides.


Red Cone Is One Way

Traveling over Red Cone is one way traffic only. This is a very narrow shelf road that must be driven east to west.

Red Cone is one way as it descends to Webster Pass by auntie rain | Flickr
One way ridgeline OHV route over Red Cone by auntie rain | Flickr

ATV Keystone/Montezuma Colorado

Red Cone is located not too far from the popular ski area of Keystone.

But, despite it’s close proximity to such a popular ski area, it’s not what I’d consider busy. It’s popular, especially with off roaders, but you won’t be fighting the crowds like on the Alpine Loop.

ATV Red Cone
Red Cone Photo By Fun Treks

This map is detailed in FunTreks Northern Colorado Guide

I’m not affiliated with FunTreks, but they do make some of the best ATV guides available.

This area is primarily used by locals; we’ve seen a local off roading club out here and a hunter coming back with a mountain goat.

It’s amazing that such a beautiful/interesting area is still pretty unknown and not overrun with tourists.

Of course, the advanced skill level probably helps thin the crowds a bit too.

Red Cone is intense with steep drops on both sides. It’s very rocky in places, but not overly technical. However, due to the extreme drop offs, I would rate it as difficult/advanced.

This mountain road can also be be done in a full sized vehicle, but the Montezuma side has some pretty narrow sections that aren’t ideal for full sized vehicle. It’s also used for hiking and biking.

We like Red Cone so much that we included it our 10 Best ATV Trails In Colorado.

Looking down on the Red Cone trail from Webster Pass auntie rain | Flickr

Endless Off-Road Adventure In Colorado

Colorado is also home to the Alpine Loop, probably one of the most famous/popular ATV trails in the US.

For some sand dune action head on over to the North Sand Hills in Cowdrey CO.

Or visit Meeker/Rangely CO and ride the Wagon Wheel Trail System on 610 miles of UTV roads and trails.

There are also several Colorado ghost towns on amazing high alpine mountain ATV trails for some of the best off-roading in the US.


Feature image by Michael Arches

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