Red Cone

4.9/5 (115 reviews)
Red Cone is one of the most iconic trails in central Colorado. This four-wheel-drive trail provides spectacular views of the divide, with several rocky obstacles at the beginning and a once-in-a-lifetime descent near the end. The upper portion of the trail traverses the ridge lines around 12,000 f...Read More
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Highlights of Red Cone

Altitude Category IconAltitude
Forest Category IconForest
Iconic Category IconIconic
Rock Category IconRock
Highest Elevation
12799 ft
Shape of Trail
Straight Through
Typically Open
07/01 - 03/31
Best Direction
North
Official Trail Name
565
Nearest Town
Grant
Nearest Services
Bailey
Management Agency
Pike National Forest
District
South Platte Ranger District

Overview

Red Cone is one of the most iconic trails in central Colorado. This four-wheel-drive trail provides spectacular views of the divide, with several rocky obstacles at the beginning and a once-in-a-lifetime descent near the end. The upper portion of the trail traverses the ridge lines around 12,000 feet with views for miles, but the steep, one-way descent at the end is a unique feature of this trail. Red Cone is also a key connecting trail to nearby trails, such as Webster Pass and the Montezuma trail system. Combining this with those trails creates a full day of offroad fun. A well-equipped vehicle with high clearance and low range is required.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

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17 Waypoints
53 Trail Photos
2 Trail Concerns
115 Community Reviews
1 Video
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