Bordenville Gulches is a network of dirt and gravel roads that are unmaintained. Some not traveled much, but passable by most high clearance AWD cars when conditions are dry. The road is mostly only one vehicle wide but passing other drivers is typically not an issue. Bordenville Gulches is a network of out and back trails that take you into different mountain valleys of the Pike National Forest and back out one of two different entrances. Some of these roads only permit jeeps and trucks, so ATV and dirt bikes are not as common here compared to other nearby offroad trails. This area is also open year round so conditions can vary greatly, for current information on this road call the South Park Ranger District at (719) 836-2031.
1. Bordenville Cemetery
This is the Bordenville Cemetery for the past and some current landowners of the former town of Bordenville. It holds the final resting place of the original pioneers, Timothy Borden and his younger brother Olney that homesteaded the Tarryall Valley and established the town itself in 1865. To get to the cemetery there is a turn off of Tarryall Road about 100 yards west of the East Entrance of Bordenville Gulches.
2. West Entrance (0.00 mi)
West Entrance to Bordenville Gulches on FR 140.
3. FR 845 (1.80 mi)
The first/west intersection of Bordenville Gulches. Right takes you east on FR 845 and left takes you west continuing FR 140. For this write-up, we will continue on FR 140 west.
4. Mud Hole (2.80 mi)
Small mud hole/creek crossing that could be more intimidating in the winter and spring months.
5. Unmarked Intersection (3.30 mi)
An unmarked intersection with another Forest Service Road. No signs show it to be closed but did look rarely traveled.
6. End FR 140/Start FR 278 (3.70 mi)
This intersection is the end of FR 140, it used to continue north but has been recently closed. FR 287 continues south from here.
7. End FR 278 (5.50 mi)
The end of FR 287 at this creek crossing/mudhole, the other side of the creek is just a turnaround. From here in this write-up, we are going to travel back to FR 845 in Waypoint 3 and continue east.
8. FR 844 & 845 Intersection (10.60 mi)
The second/east intersection of Bordenville gulches. This is the end of FR 845, and either direction from FR 845 will be onto FR 844. Heading south from here will take you to the East Entrance and out of Bordenville Gulches, in this write-up, we continue north on FR 844.
9. End FR 844 (12.10 mi)
End of FR 844, there is only a turnaround/parking area here. From here in the write-up, we will travel back to the FR 844 and 845 intersection and continue south.
10. FR 829 (13.80 mi)
The intersection of FR 829 off of FR 844. For this write-up, we turn down FR 829 and continue east.
11. End FR 829/Start FR 843 (14.50 mi)
This is the end of FR 829 at FR 843, either direction here is FR 843. For this write-up, we turn left and head north.
12. Unmarked turn (15.40 mi)
Unmarked left (north) turn, stay right (east) to continue on FR 843.
13. FR 843a (15.80 mi)
A left (north) turn to FR 843a, stay right (east) to continue on FR 843.
14. North End FR 843 (16.20 mi)
Dead end of FR 843 at a campsite. For this write-up, we head back to the intersection of FR 843 and FR 829 and continue south on FR 843.
15. Mud Hole (18.50 mi)
Small mud hole that can be more intimidating in the winter and spring months.
16. South End 843 (19.70 mi)
The south end of FR 843 at a nice little campsite and creek. This is also an access point to hiking trail 655. For this write-up, from here we will continue back FR 843 to FR 829 and down FR 829 back to FR 844 and continue south towards the East Entrance.
17. East Entrance (24.10 mi)
The East Entrance to Bordenville Gulches off of Tarryall Road.