Empire is located near the town of Empire about 40
miles west of Denver. Empire is a small town with
From the Parking area you cannot see the high
mountains. First you have to drive up the mountain
road past some old mines. Once on top of the
mountains it is very beautiful with many photo
Once you are near the tree line the area opens up.
All of the trails are passable by ATVs, Motorcycles,
and Jeeps. Some parts of the trails are rough.
At some parts the trail leading up to the top of the
mountain can get some what steep, so use caution.
The more power your ATV has the better.
Even though we road here in early August there was
still snow on the grow and it was very cold, so dress
appropriately, even if it is warm where you parked.
A spur trail leads to Breckenridge Peak which is
12,889ft. If you decide to climb to the top don't be
fooled by thinking you can see the top from the trail.
This picture was taken after a long walk that ended
before we got to the top.
In addition to all the old mines there is part of an
old cabin near Bill Moore Lake. We saw some
beautiful wildlife in the area around the lake so
have your camera ready.
The Empire trail system was much larger at one time
before the trail connecting it St. Mary's Glacier was
closed. To get to these trails you must drive around
the mountain on the main road. From what I have
read there are many in that area.
Directions from Denver: Take I-70 west to exit 232 Hwy 40. Go a few miles and turn right on main
street. Follow this road up the mountain until you come to an open spot with a chain link fence.
Unload here and continue on the same road with your ATV.