Gateway – Castleton Route

Gateway, Colorado (Mesa County)

Last Updated: 02/19/2022
4 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 39.3 miles
Highest Elevation: 8576 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Gateway
Nearest Town w/ Services: Grand Junction
Official Road Name: 4 4/10 Road, John Brown Road, Stateline Gateway Road, North Taylor Flat, FR 0207, Castleton Road
Management Agency: Manti-La Sal National Forest and Bureau of Land Management


Highlight: Gateway – Castleton Route
Gateway to Castleton Route is an alternate route connecting the Western Slope of Colorado and Moab. Traveling from one side to the other, the views are plentiful and the terrain changes are dramatic. While not remotely a hardcore wheeling route, it does present something new to try while bringing you up close and personal to one of the most famous monoliths in Utah - Castle Rock.


Route Information

Technical Rating

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1. Trailhead from Gateway (0 mi)
Turn right and follow the road into the canyon starting on pavement. Dirt begins very quickly.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Grand Junction

Take US 50 south to Whitewater where you will take Highway 141 west to Gateway. Once in Gateway pass the Gateway Canyons Resort and turn left on 4 4 Road towards John Brown Canyon.



Trail Reviews (11)

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: Any idea on why this is considered "Impassable" right now and any idea on when it may be considered "Open"?
–Loren Farber (05/06/2020)
–S. Smith (05/12/2021)
–Todd (05/07/2020)
Q: Can you ride a side by side on this road?
–Terry Manley (12/01/2018)
–Todd (12/02/2018)
Q: This trail looks incredible! How fast were you driving to complete this in 2 hours? This looks like a fun way to get from Moab to Telluride.
–Marc Nitz (06/05/2017)
–Todd (06/05/2017)

Writer Information



Todd is an avid wheeler who loves to explore new trails whenever and wherever he can. They say necessity is the mother of all invention and that holds true for Todd. His want and desire to find passable trails and new nooks and crannies of the Great American West to explore were his reasons behind starting On any given weekend you can find Todd on some obscure 4x4 trail or using his legs to hike to an alpine lake.
For individual use only, not to be shared.