Guides lead different styles of rides, with an amazing variety of scenery, terrain and challenges. Long days on the best trails in the area, indescribable surroundings, and quaint mountain towns are standard daily fare. Storytelling at day’s end is mandatory, aided by the wine, beer and snack bar. Relaxed dinners are followed by more animated tales around a nightly fire that wards off the alpine chill. Trail access discussions spontaneously ensue, spurred on by some of the nation’s most active OHV advocates. An elegant dinner awards ceremony is also a part of the week, adding to the camaraderie and overall experience.
The Colorado 600 is that odd mixture of extreme fun and necessary seriousness. Unbeknownst to most trail riders, there are battles being waged in board rooms, legislative sessions, and town halls that could negatively impact the sport and industry. Although 40% of all visitors to national public lands partake in motorized recreation (over half of those utilizing OHV), and OHV recreation being second to only skiing in recreational economic impact in Colorado, other interest groups are successfully closing trails to OHV use. The fantastic mountain riding in this event is mated with increasing awareness of this astonishing reality.