Trails in Colorado

 

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271.1G - Idaho Springs, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.67 Miles
Duration: 10 minutes
Status: Open

271.1G

Idaho Springs, Colorado

Part of the Yankee Hill Network, this off-road 4X4 trail can expand your fun factor for the day when combined with other trails in the area.

Acme Creek Road - Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
Technical Rating: 3-4
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 9.0 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Seasonal Closure

Acme Creek Road

Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Creek crossings are an enjoyable part of 4-wheeling in the Rocky Mountain forests. This trail is affected in different ways by Sheep Creek, Acme Creek, and Beaver Creek. Even during the late, dry summer months, Acme Creek Road has several water filled creek crossings and the potential for muddy conditions. The trail runs through some thick, narrow forested areas. This route might require you to remove downed trees for completion. At the time of this report, I needed to cut and then winch several downed trees from the road. The trail provided plenty of opportunity to practice winching and rigging techniques.

Adams Lake - Dotsero, Colorado
Technical Rating: 4-6
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 17.8 Miles
Duration: about 5 hours
Status: Not Reported

Adams Lake

Dotsero, Colorado

Adams Lake trail is a beautiful high alpine loop road located in the Flat Tops of the White River National Forest. It travels through an extremely delicate environment so staying the trail and packing out all trash is very important. Adams Lake is the destination on the trail with primitive camping and some truly incredible alpine views. The trail is an experience with a variety of obstacles, gorgeous scenery, and a good possibility of seeing wildlife. The trail also connects several other trails in the area as well such as Transfer Trail, Wagon Wheel Road, and Clinetop Mesa. Overall, it's a great trail and a must do when camping in the Flat Tops.

Alpine Tunnel West - Pitkin, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 10.11 Miles
Duration: about 3 hours
Status: Partially Open

Alpine Tunnel West

Pitkin, Colorado

The main trail of The Alpine Tunnel Historic District. This trail is for anyone interested in ghost towns, mining history, and of course, railroad history. The Alpine Tunnel was the first railroad bore ever drilled in the United States, the first ever to carry tracks under the Continental Divide and, in 1882, the highest point ever reached by a railroad at 11,251' above sea level. Anticipating that the mineral rich area would be the next big mining "bonanza,” as many as 10,000 different men worked to build the line and the tunnel at various times. Laborers, working for $3.50 per day, and explosives men, who worked for $5.00 per day, were often forced to go from their worksite to their cabins in groups in order to avoid being lost in the snow. The only complete structure remaining is the Telegraph Office, which was built in 1890. The railway through the tunnel operated from 1882 to 1910 and cost $300,000 to build. The Alpine Tunnel Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in April 1996.

Alta Lakes - Ophir, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.7 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

Alta Lakes

Ophir, Colorado

Alta Lakes is another in a long list of off road trails in the Telluride area which will stun you with its incredible beauty and easy access. Being that the beginning of the trail is a few feet off the highway, it is easily reached by anyone in the Telluride/Silverton area, and it should not be missed. As the road climbs to the Alta Ghost Town, it pops out of the trees every now and again to reveal breath-taking views of Wilson Peak, Lizard Head, Sunshine Mountain, and the Wilson Mesas. As you pass the Alta ruins and old mill site, the number of camping spots increases significantly. Although there are not a lot of big camping areas, you will find countless double tracks traveling into the bushes, most of which are well worth exploring. The lakes themselves offer a great place to fish, paddle board, swim, or camp. Although Alta Lakes Road is decently short (just about 5 miles), it is gorgeous and well worth the drive, especially if you are attempting to find a great dispersed camp site.

Argentine Pass - Georgetown, Colorado
Technical Rating: 3-4
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 10.33 Miles
Duration: about 3 hours
Status: Open

Argentine Pass

Georgetown, Colorado

This is a run filled with history and heights. Taking you up to 13,205 feet this trail has some amazing views and just enough challenge to make for a fun day.

Shortly after silver was discovered in this area in 1864, private and public entities stepped in to turn this area into what became known as the Argentine Mining District. The name Argentine actually comes from the latin for Silver, Argentum. At it’s peak, no pun intended, between 1864 and 1883, it was considered the highest pass for stagecoaches and the main route for mining camps in the Montezuma and Breckenridge areas. The activity gave rise to a place to rest up, the town of Waldorf that is now gone, acted as a waypoint between those areas and Georgetown.

In 1869 construction was started and completed on the toll road over the pass that ran for fourteen years as a stagecoach and freight pass, costing a whole dollar to get over and to the west when it was first built. Fourteen years later, the counties bought the pass and took it over. The county's lack of maintenance and the completion of a rail line straight to Dillon, CO led to it becoming impassable for passenger and freight traffic.

Today the trail serves no purpose for commercial traffic but is a popular destination for the off-road community and tourists thanks to its accessibility and its height.

Aspen Mountain

Aspen, Colorado

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Aspen Ridge - Johnson Village, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 13.0 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

Aspen Ridge

Johnson Village, Colorado

Aspen Ridge features open ranges, dense forests, and wide views. As the name implies, the 10,000ft elevation ridge is covered in Aspen trees. The Forest Service Road is generally a graded dirt road that travels in a north-south track. The road crosses broad meadows providing expansive views of the Collegiate Peaks. Despite rougher conditions at elevation, the entire road is easily navigable by a stock 4WD vehicle. Aspen Ridge is popular among ATV and motorcycle riders, mountain bikers, and equestrians who enjoy the wide open spaces. There's dispersed camping available along all segments of the road, and nearby towns of Nathrop, Johnson Village, Buena Vista, and Salida offer commercial campgrounds, motel lodging, and outdoor supplies.

Badger Mountain Road - Florissant, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.6 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

Badger Mountain Road

Florissant, Colorado

Badger Mountain Road is a short spur that is located along the La Salle Pass Trail. The spur is no more difficult than the La Salle Pass Trail, but will take you for a short drive near the ridge and offer you views of the South Park Valley that you will not see while at the top of La Salle Pass due to the thick trees. There are a few campsites along the route, and it would make a great location to drive to and watch the sun set over the South Park Valley.

Balanced Rock Road - Monument, Colorado
Technical Rating: 3-4
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 7.5 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

Balanced Rock Road

Monument, Colorado

This is a fun off-road trail that's close to Colorado Springs and easily accessible to those in Denver and other points along the front range. Trails within the Rampart Range can provide a challenge to vehicles that are a little more than stock yet still offers some fun routes for more built rigs. The Mount Herman Road (FS 320) drive up to the trail gives you great views of Monument and Black Forest. The southern section of the Rampart Range is notable for unique rock formations consisting of large boulder piles and valleys filled with rock outcroppings, dense forests and fine gravel soil. Open during all seasons (except rare closures for excessive precipitation), the Rampart Range portion of Pike National Forest offers year-round 4x4 adventure!

Bald Mountain - Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
Technical Rating: 5
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 13.11 Miles
Duration: about 3 hours
Status: Open

Bald Mountain

Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Bald Mountain is a 4WD trail located in the Roosevelt National Forest a few miles southwest of Red Feather Lakes, CO. The trail winds through the dense Lodgepole Pine forest as it climbs to nearly 11,000 feet. The trail is known for its rocky path mid-section and then its muddy path end-section. The route is open in both summer and winter months and is a common destination for locals looking to snow wheel when many other trails are closed. Hitting bottom on the large rocks is likely for most stock 4WDs.

Bald Mountain Gulch - Johnson Village, Colorado
Technical Rating: 1-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 8.8 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Open

Bald Mountain Gulch

Johnson Village, Colorado

Bald Mountain Gulch (FS Road 300) is a 4WD road in the Fourmile area of Colorado, southeast of Johnson Village. Bald Mountain Gulch traverses scenic, high elevation terrain in a northeast to southwest track. It provides the 4x4 enthusiast spectacular rock formations and sandy terrain, plus occasional tawny rock-framed views of the Collegiate Peaks. There are numerous 4WD roads in the vicinity, making Fourmile an ideal destination for a weekend of 4x4 trails, camping, hiking, and fishing. Bald Mountain Gulch is recommended to drive in conjunction with Bald Mountain Loop.

Bald Mountain Gulch Cutoff - Johnson Village, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.2 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Open

Bald Mountain Gulch Cutoff

Johnson Village, Colorado

Bald Mountain Gulch Cutoff (FS Road 300C) is a connector 4WD road off of Bald Mountain Gulch (FS Road 300) in the Fourmile area of Colorado, southeast of Johnson Village.The Cutoff provides a shortcut into, or out of, Bald Mountain Gulch. Additionally, the Cutoff has great views of the Arkansas River Basin and Collegiate Peaks. There are many other 4WD roads in the vicinity, so Fourmile is ideal for a weekend excursion of trails, camping, hiking, and fishing.

Bald Mountain Loop - Johnson Village, Colorado
Technical Rating: 3-4
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.9 Miles
Duration: about 1 hour
Status: Open

Bald Mountain Loop

Johnson Village, Colorado

Bald Mountain Loop (FS Roads 300B and 300B.1) is a spur 4WD road off of Bald Mountain Gulch (FS Road 300) in the Fourmile area of Colorado, southeast of Johnson Village. It provides expansive views of the Arkansas River Basin and Collegiate Peaks. There are many other 4WD roads in the vicinity, so Fourmile is ideal for a weekend excursion of trails, camping, hiking, and fishing. Be sure to include the panoramic Bald Mountain Loop.

Ballard Road - Fort Collins, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2-6
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 7.7 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

Ballard Road

Fort Collins, Colorado

Ballard Road is a year-round off-road trail that takes you through the beautiful Roosevelt National Forest and offers access to primitive camping and the Donner Pass, and one other, single track off-road trail. These single track trails are open to hiking, horses, mountain biking, and motorcycles. Ballard Road also has some historical presence along the trail, with remnants of old logging camp remains found throughout the route, but most of these camps have been reduced to just piles of lumber. In the winter months, Ballard Road is a perfect snow wheeling trail that doesn't get too much snow, but will always give you a challenge and is occasionally impassable. With everything from smooth grades to mild rock crawling and snow wheeling, Ballard Road is a great 4wd road for any outdoor and 4x4 enthusiast in the Northern Colorado area.

Barbour Fork - Idaho Springs, Colorado
Technical Rating: 3-5
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Length: 7.4 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

Barbour Fork

Idaho Springs, Colorado

Barbour Fork is open seasonally from June 15th until December 1st. It is very close to I-70 and has a lot to offer for being so close to the foothills of Denver. This trail that has a little bit of everything- rock crawling, hill climbs and descents, twisty sections and mud. It's a lot of fun without being overly challenging, and makes a good choice for an easy to moderate 4x4 trail that is close to Denver. It's a good trail for drivers that have graduated from beginner trails. It is worth noting that this area is popular for quick day trips and target shooting. Although Barbour Fork is cleaned up twice a year by Frontrange4x4.com, please be sure to clean up all trash you may encounter.

Bard Creek - Empire, Colorado
Technical Rating: 2-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.0 Miles
Duration: about 2 hours
Status: Open

Bard Creek

Empire, Colorado

This fun, rather easy trail, is right out of the town of Empire and provides some beautiful scenery and a nice trip through the valley. This easy trail has easy access from Denver through Empire. The trail offers some scenic views at the beginning and is a nice forest drive. For a good balance of scenery and challenge, combine this with Democrat Mountain for a full day of off-roading.

Bassam Park - Johnson Village, Colorado
Technical Rating: 1-2
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 8.0 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

Bassam Park

Johnson Village, Colorado

Bassam Park Road, FS Road 187, is located within the San Isabel National Forest approximately ten miles east of Johnson Village. This area of the National Forest, commonly referred to as “Fourmile”, contains hundreds of roads and spurs which provide a broad spectrum of outdoor recreational opportunities. Bassam Park is noted for its high buttes and volcanic stone towers, spring-fed creeks, and numerous beaver dam ponds. It is popular among OHV users, mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians. The area includes maintained dirt roads suitable for stock vehicles (it is not uncommon to see ordinary passenger sedans and minivans on some trails) in addition to more difficult 4WD roads. Accessibility, a great variety of outdoor activities, and expansive views of the Collegiate Peaks and Arkansas River Basin are the greatest attractions to this area.

Beaver Creek Road FS Rd. 315 - Woodland Park, Colorado
Technical Rating: 1-3
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.9 Miles
Duration: 30 minutes
Status: Open

Beaver Creek Road FS Rd. 315

Woodland Park, Colorado

The Rampart Range area offers year round adventure for those who visit. In the summer months, wildflowers abound with many areas to camp and get away from civilization are available without having to travel hours outside of Colorado Springs. Autumn offers beautiful views of the color changing aspens and in the Winter months, permits are available through the Forest Service for families to harvest their own Christmas trees.

Beaver ridge - Alma, Colorado
Technical Rating: 1-4
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 15.7 Miles
Duration: about 4 hours
Status: Open

Beaver ridge

Alma, Colorado

Highlights for this trail include amazing views of South Park Valley, Alma, Montgomery Reservoir, and more. This trail also offers some great chances to see Colorado's mining history.

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