Looking for a short trail that is rated a little more difficult? Most National Forest ATV trails are rated easy and they are indeed a fun ride, but sometimes when you ride, you want something a little more challenging for your ATV skills. You want to hit some inclines, climb a little rock and see what your ATV can really do.
Buckeye Gulch is located in the San Isabel National Forest and is only 2 miles long but it is rated as moderate to difficult on this multi-use trail. You will run into four-wheelers, hikers, motorcycle riders, and mountain bikers; ride friendly.
The National Forest Service does ask that you register your ATV with the ranger's station before you ride. They will inspect your ATV for noise mufflers and spark arrestors and other items on your ATV such as brakes and headlights. You will be given a permit to ride and that permit but be in clear sight on your ATV. Be sure and wear your DOT approved helmet and always tell others where you are riding, better yet - leave them a map of your route. If you get stranded where no cell phone can get a signal, that can make your wait time a lot shorter if they know exactly where to look for you.
Buckeye Gulch is a rough and ready road to ride your ATV. A good portion has quite a bit of rocky, rough terrain. There is also a stream to cross amidst some dense lush foliage that includes willows and shrubs. Follow the Treadlightly standards when crossing streams on your ATV to do the least amount of damage possible to the natural beauty of Buckeye Gulch.
You can get the most current maps available from ranger's station. Get ready for a fun and challenging ride!