The Bill Moore/North Empire Loop is a network of roads for OHV opportunities located north of Empire.

This road is very rocky and steep, especially to Bill Moore Lake. A 4-wheel drive, high-clearance vehicle is highly recommended.

Refer to the Clear Creek Ranger District's Motor Vehicle Use Map for more information about OHV opportunities in the area.

Note: Due to high elevation, the area is not generally snow-free until late June or even July in some years. Best late spring through fall.

View a COTREX map here.

At a Glance

Permit Info: No permit required.
Usage: Light
  • All vehicles must be either street-legal or registered annually through Colorado State Parks' OHV Registration Program.
  • All motorized vehicles are restricted to open routes designated for their use. Contact the Clear Creek Ranger District for a copy of the local Motor Vehicle Use Map.
Closest Towns: Empire
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Clear Creek Ranger District Visitor Services and Idaho Springs Visitor Center; 303-567-4382; Contact Us

General Information


I-70 westbound, take exit #232 US Hwy 40 to Empire. Turn right on Main St. (North Empire Road) and follow the County Road on to Forest Road 171.2.



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  Area/Length : 
2.5 miles one-way to Bill Moore Lake 9 miles Empire Loop

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  Elevation : 
9,800' - 10400