Lands End Road

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Quickly climbing up the rim of Grand Mesa National Forest, Lands End Road is a scenic zigzag up to breathtaking views from the old observatory site. The views on the climb are unobstructed by trees. You can see for miles as you crisscross the hillside. The trail is a well-maintained gravel road with numerous switchback turns that can be completed in 2WD. The washboard corrugation on the climb can be pretty rough. Airing down tire pressure and 4x4 helps reduce the effects. Seeming out of place, there is a long section of pavement after the summit and observatory. The trail returns to gravel as you travel further east.

Camping on the climb is limited to a couple of small single sites. Once up on Grand Mesa, camping can only be found along the side trails, not immediately along this route. The best camping is found deeper into the National Forest, east along Trail 121.