I will be doing my first off-roading in the triangle area of Colorado Springs, Buena Vista and Vail areas in July. I would appreciate recommendations for easier trails and hiking on the side.
Thank you very much. Others have recommended the trails books and I have purchased them.Just got back from Colorado Springs, there's a bunch of easy stuff right there. Took Mount Herman Road up to Rampart Range road over to the Balanced Rock trail and back down into Garden of the Gods. Amazing views all around.
Hopefully the snow is gone by July(!), but last year went over to the Break area and played around in the trails by Montezuma. Also, there was an easy little pass just west of Vail that was nice. I think it was Shrine Pass.
Boulder area is another good place to go.
Check out this site: http://trailsoffroad.com
The Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails book was great too.