This is a great book for those of us new to the state of Colorado and or those who grew up here and now getting into off-roading, 4WD, dirt road touring and or whatever you may want to call it… dare we even say…. Overlanding!? Colorado is a “MECCA” for the off-road community and these books are great resources for getting to know the dirt roads that connects us to the woods and backcountry.

This book covers Eight key areas. Countless sights to take your breath away. The best of Colorado’s high country in 100 thrilling trails. South of I-70 and west of I-25 lie incredible adventures waiting to be had. Get those 4 wheels in gear and get ready to have fun like never before.


  • 100 Trails Freshly Re-driven and Updated
  • 236 Full-Color Pages
  • 92 Trails for unlicensed ATVs, UTVs, Dirt Bikes
  • Detailed Turn-by-Turn Mileage Log
  • 109 Custom Maps, Over 520 Photos
  • New Spiral Binding Easily Folds Back
  • GPS Waypoints Tied to Maps
  • Directions to Start


Colorado’s top-selling 4×4 guidebook. 100 of the best 4×4 trails in Colorado. Completely redone 4th edition is more fun than ever. All trails south of I-70. (For trails north of I-70, see our Guide to Northern Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails.)

Whether you are a newcomer to 4-wheeling or an experienced veteran, we guarantee you’ll have fun. The book features 26 easy family fun runs, 32 moderate sport utility adventures and 42 difficult hard-core challenges. 92 trails are open to unlicensed ATVs, side-by-sides, and dirt bikes. The book features 8 new trails not in the previous edition. Six are on the Western Slope in the Grand Junction area.
Each trail features a turn-by-turn mileage log with GPS waypoints referenced to a custom map. The trail description includes an overview, a detailed rating, time and distance driven, highest elevation, contact phone numbers to call for trail conditions, best times to go and directions to the start.

A new easy-open spiral binding features a wrap-around closure flap that doubles as a placeholder. Interior pages have been beefed up for extra durability.

Official Website:
Amazon Link: FunTreks Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails, 4th Edition – by Charles A. Wells 

About the Author

Charles (Chuck) Wells bought his first 4-wheel-drive SUV in 1993, and he had no idea how it would change his life. Like most SUV owners in Colorado, he bought the vehicle primarily for winter driving. But one summer day, he saw an intriguing dirt road that headed into the mountains. Off he went on his first real trip beyond the pavement. It was so much fun, he searched for other roads to duplicate the experience. Many more trips followed. As his confidence grew, he ventured farther and farther into the backcountry. He realized he needed some guidance, so he bought every guidebook and map he could find. Unfortunately, most of the information was vague, incomplete or inaccurate. He continued to get lost, run into places too difficult for his vehicle and waste time on boring roads. This frustration led him to write his first book, Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails, in 1998. Sales took off, immediately. Within a year, he quit his job and started FunTreks Publishing. Many years later, Wells has published eleven books (two were replaced by new editions). His books include easy and moderate routes for stock SUVs, difficult trails for serious 4-wheelers and trails for unlicensed vehicles (ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes). Today his books are standard equipment for thousands of motorized adventurers. He strongly promotes responsible use of public lands.Charles continues to scout most of the trails and spends a great deal of time traveling in his motorhome. His books presently cover Colorado, Utah, Arizona and California. More states are planned. Wells graduated from Ohio State University in 1969 with a degree in graphic design. After practicing design in Ohio, he moved to Colorado Springs in 1980 and worked 18 years in the printing business. He and his wife, Beverly, have two adult children and 4 grandchildren. They now live in Monument, CO, close to their business. Matt (PT) Peterson got into 4-wheeling in 2000 after graduating from college. He built several off-road 4x4s starting with bolt parts, and later progressed to custom-built, off-road buggies. Wanting to share his new pastime, he and a few friends started their own 4-wheel-drive club in Michigan and the club is still going strong today. He has always had an interest in exploring less-traveled roads and was overjoyed when he moved to Colorado in 2003.He worked many years as a graphic designer and computer technician, then joined FunTreks in 2008. He currently scouts trails, then helps Wells write and produce the books. Peterson graduated from Bethel College in 2000 with a degree in graphic design. He met his wife, Cassie, soon after moving to Colorado. Together, they enjoy camping and other outdoor activities in Colorado’s enormous backyard.


Charles A. Wells graduated from Ohio State University in 1969 with a degree in graphic design. After practicing design in Ohio, he moved to Colorado Springs in 1980 and worked 18 years in the printing business. Over the years, he and his family enjoyed a wide array of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, rafting and skiing. He bought an SUV in 1994 and immediately got addicted to exploring the backcountry. He later joined a four-wheel-drive club and learned more about hardcore four-wheeling.

Dissatisfied with the four-wheel-drive guidebooks on the market, he decided to write his own. His first book took off and he was able to leave his regular job and start FunTreks, Inc. in 1998. He has written many more books since then, including books for ATVs and UTVs, and has continued to update and improve his existing books. If you have one of his original books in black and white, we suggest you check out his vastly improved newer models, which are now all in color and include precise GPS technology.

All of his books are proudly sold on Amazon, including his very popular original book, Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails, now in its third edition. This book has, several times now, been the number one best seller on Amazon in the category of mountain west travel guides. At you’ll find additional information, including free PDF downloads of sample trails and timely news stories about 4-wheeling.

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