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Colorado Springs has it all, including an all-terrain vehicle to make your visit to our magical part of the world even more special. With the right set of wheels, you can rock and tumble over a landscape that might otherwise be inaccessible by foot or car. We’ve listed six tour options, in no particular order, that we’re confident will help you check off your toughest Colorado Springs bucket list items. Leap into adventure and let your driver and guide take you to parts unknown! 

1. ATV Tours Colorado

If you’re pining for a look at the Colorado backcountry, ATV Tours Colorado is a great choice. Opening in March and riding through November, the family-owned and operated company takes all the worry out of off-roading, spending time answering questions for new off-road riders and getting down to business with experienced ones. All ATV tours group four people at a time to ensure everyone has a personalized experience, but you can bring a group of up to 23 if you’re all together. Hop on new Polaris ATVs and go on historic mountain trails suitable for all levels. Book with ATV Tours to go on a short 1-hour trip or put together a longer adventure with expert guidance.

2. Play Dirty ATV Tours

This Colorado ATV tour specialist is a slightly longer drive from Colorado Springs in Cotopaxi, CO, but it offers some fantastic, fully customizable tours for all experience levels. They call their home base in Texax Creek the “ATV capital of Colorado,” with plenty of ATV trails and paths to explore with a qualified, knowledgeable guide. One of their most popular tours is the Ride the Rockies Tour,  a three-hour customizable introduction to the best ATV trails around. For higher elevation touring, the Overlook Classic is a two-hour tour in Wellsville. This tour takes you up over 8,000 feet to experience unparalleled views in rarified air!

3. GOA (Great Outdoor Adventures)

Closer to Colorado Spring, in Woodland Park, CO, GOA is an off-road and on-road vehicle rental company that offers adventures of a lifetime in Pike National Forest aboard the latest Polaris ATVs.vYou can choose from self-guided or fully guided tours, and you can join them alone or in a group. According to reviews, one of the best ATV tours with GOA includes the Sunset and Wildlife Guided Tour where you might meet deer, elk, and moose while exploring the magnificent Colorado wilderness. Of course, visiting the backcountry at sunset gives lends an extra special light and sentient stillness that only enhances the experience on trails that you might otherwise never get to see.

4. Rockhound Guided Tours

Rockhoud Guided Tours is the closest ATV-guided tour company to Colorado Springs, and it specializes in the Pikes Peak region. You can explore the mountain and its excellent ATV trails during a 4-hour guided tour which has been voted the “best ATV tour in Colorado.” Straight from their website, you can visit Pike National Forest, get some fantastic views of the Rampart Range, learn about the region’s history, and head along backcountry trails with experienced guides. Tours last a minimum of four hours, giving guests ample time to take in the adventure and the views of one of Colorado’s most beautiful regions.

5. Adventures Out West

Offering almost every outdoor adventure you can think of, Adventures Out West, located right here in Colorado Springs, has been in the adventure business since 1973. Family-owned and operated, they organize everything from Segway tours to hot air balloon rides. Although they don’t offer ATV tours specifically, you can hop on 4×4 tours with the company, customizable according to experience, fitness levels, and interests. They also provide a Jeep and horseback combo tour, riding to the Old Stage Riding Stables first and then hopping on your very own horse for an hour.

6. Cheyenne Cañon Segways

Ok, so this one isn’t an ATV, but it will take you off-road. For a unique adventure right in Colorado Springs, hop on a Segway tour of the Cheyenne Cañon and Broadmoor areas. It’s still an unforgettable outdoor experience that’s worth looking into as you ride on scenic trails and explores the nature and history of your surroundings. All tours with Cheyenne Cañon Segways include off-road riding, and you can get a visit to Penrose House and tour fabulous mansions, clubs, and bars around the Broadmoor neighborhood. It’s an immersive experience in groups of six or fewer, which gives you time and space to stop and spend time with the art, special events, history, and nature you see along your way.

Indeed, whether by ATV, on foot, or by other vehicles, Colorado Springs and the surrounding region area offer an endless number of outdoor adventures for all ages and experience levels. Refer to your list to reserve your seat on one of the best ATV trails in Colorado Springs or head further afield or stand tall on a segway right to buzz through our downtown. You’ll enjoy the outdoors and learn about these unique regions’ history and heritage no matter how your ride.