Webster Pass/Red Cone
Location: Montezuma CO
Skill Level: Difficult
Distance: 20 miles
Season: Late July – fall. Closed to motorized traffic Nov. 23 thru May 20
Vehicles Allowed: 4×4, ATV, SxS, motorcycles.
Two Trailheads For Webster Pass & Red Cone
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, 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.
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.
This route is covered in FunTreks Northern Colorado Guide
FunTreks has 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 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 be done in a full sized vehicle, but the Montezuma side has some pretty narrow sections that aren’t ideal for full sized vehicle. This area is also popular for hiking and biking.
We like Red Cone so much that we included it our 10 Best ATV Trails In Colorado.
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