Main Draw OHV Area

Area Status: Closed
Rider at OHV on the north side of the Pawnee National Grassland.

The Main Draw Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) area is the only location on the Pawnee National Grassland where non-licensed vehicles are permitted. The area, usually open November 1 through April 9, is in the northwest corner of the Grassland, only a few miles from the Wyoming border. This two-mile long draw or gully is popular with dirt bike riders and others with vehicles under 50 inches wide and must have a spark arrester. Vehicles are required to stay within the draw, and not ride on roads or across the prairie.  The OHV must be registered with Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

At a Glance

Permit Info: All OHVs must be registered with Colorado Parks & Wildlife.  For information call 303-866-3437 or visit
Open Season: 11/1 - 4/9
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: The Main Draw area is the only location on the Grassland where OHVs are permitted. Vehicles cannot be ridden cross country on the Grassland. OHVs must be registered with Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Park and unload OHVs only in the designated parking area.  OHVs must not exceed 50" wide, and must have a spark arrester.
Closest Towns: Nunn, Pierce and Ault
Water: None
Restroom: None

General Information


From Ault, travel 23 miles north on Highway 85 to WCR 122.  Turn east (right) and travel for 8 miles to WCR 45.  Turn north (left turn) and travel approximately 2 miles.  Turn east and follow grassland road #640 to parking area.


Parking and offloading are only allowed in the trailhead parking lot.

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OHV Open Area Riding

This off-highway vehicle (OHV) area is open from November 1 through April 9 every year.  Occasionally weather makes road access very difficult.   A 2-mile long gully provides fun for dirt bike riders and others.  Weekends are very busy at this popular site.  Remember, your OHV must be registered with the state.

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