We live in a beautiful, magical place. The Gunnison Valley is a favorite destination of those looking to get out of town, off road and experience nature, whether by bike, car, 4×4 or ATV. Who doesn’t get excited at visiting an old mining camp or ghost town? Exploring Colorado’s backroads and motorized single track is a fun adventure but needs to be done wisely and with care if we want to continue to have access to these hidden gems. Great resources to backcountry etiquette and use of motorized vehicles can be found at at Tread Lightly, a non-profit run by off-road enthusiasts, hunters and those who just love the outdoors and want to preserve our access. Some general tips include not driving off of the marked trails. Picking up any and all trash. Staying off of wet trails, allowing them to dry out. Knowing your vehicle’s abilities and limitations. Following directional signs and being courteous to other users. Read more and learn about some ways you can respect access in the Gunnison Valley at Mountain Manners: Drive It Like You Care About It.
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