Bockman Road

Walden, Colorado (Jackson County)

Last Updated: 06/27/2020
4.5 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: 06/15 - 11/30
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 6.4 miles
Highest Elevation: 10180 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Walden
Nearest Town w/ Services: Walden
Official Road Name: 41A
Management Agency: Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife
District: Colorado State Forest
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Highlights

Highlight: Bockman Road
Bockman Road is an alternate 4WD entrance into the Colorado State Forest near Gould, CO. The trail offers great views of the Crags, rugged peaks on the northern edge of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Wildlife is abundant and this is one of the best moose viewing areas in Colorado. The State Forest, operated by Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, offers many outdoor activities including hiking, off-roading, hunting, fishing, camping, and, during winter months, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. There are many other 4WD trails in this part of the state known as North Park.

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Waypoints

1. Bockman Road Trailhead (0 mi)
Bockman Road heads north from Colorado Hwy 14 at this unmarked intersection. Immediately behind the large dead pine tree sits a self-serve park permit kiosk. All vehicles in the Colorado State Forest are required to have an annual or daily park permit. The Bockman Road entrance is closed during snowy winter months.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 40.505173, -105.925278

Starting Point: Fort Collins, Colorado

Take Colorado Highway 14 through the Poudre Canyon just past Cameron Pass. The Bockman trailhead heads north from CO Highway 14 at MM 61.5. Bockman Road is not marked, so you must watch carefully. A self-service Colorado State Park permit kiosk is visible on Bockman Road about 100' from Highway 14. Alternately, Bockman Road can be accessed through the main park entrance. Take Colorado Highway 14 through the Poudre Canyon to Jackson County Road 41 just west of Gould, CO. Turn right and follow County Road# 41 into the State Forest 4 miles to Bockman Road.

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Trail Reviews (9)

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Status: Open
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Trail was an enjoyable drive. Work is being done to the road and could be tricky if wet. Nice bull moose along the way.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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The Colorado State Forest has finally opened the roads in the park. Park crew just completed a little bit of maintenance at the Hwy 14 intersection and about half way across. If wet, the road repair could be a bit muddy. Saw a bull moose on the trail near waypoint 4. This is becoming a usual event near this waypoint

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
I visited the Colorado Stare Forest State Park to check on the road conditions for the season. The area has received some snow fall already this season and the Colorado DPW closed the roads on October 23 because of the snow. With the snowfall today and the snow fall expected over the next week, the roads in the park remain closed. I contacted the park's ranger who informed me that the trails were likely closed for the remainder of the season.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
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The Colorado State Forest has opened a portion of Bockman Road. The trail remains closed between Waypoint 1 and Waypoint 5; However, the trail is open and camping is available between Waypoint 5 and Waypoint 8. I spoke with a park ranger who advised that it will be another few weeks before opening the trail completely will be considered.

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Status: Open
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There is a lot of snow and mud on the trail. After the initial climb from Colorado 14, we almost immediately got into slushy snow. It continued like this for most of the first half. Some of the steep descents were a little concerning. We considered turning back but decided to forge on since we had gotten to the top. There was a lot of mud in the lowest part of the trail. After we got around the large turn in the low part of the trail, things improved and it was worth the trip but passengers were spooked by the snow and mud. This was a great trail overall and the views were great.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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All trails in the Colorado State Forest are open for business! Warm weather has melted away the winter snowfall and the park officials has opened the trail for the season. During my visit, I did not happen across another vehicle on the trail. A weekend camping trip is coming soon.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
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A trip to check on the status of the Colorado State Forest trails found that most have been closed for the season by the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. In the past couple of days, nearly a foot of snow has fallen in Gould, CO.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Finally open! Enough snow has melted that the Colorado Parks and Wildlife has opened Bockman Road from Colorado Highway 14 into the Colorado State Forest. There are a couple of wet areas, but only minor water accumulation is apparent on the road. Parks officials have taken care of all the downed timber. The off-road season is finally here in the high country.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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The mountain trails have been beautiful over the past few weeks. The aspen trees have been in their full golden glory making the off-road adventure visually stimulating. High winds and some snow expected in the area will disperse the fall color from the trees very soon.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Tim, Just excellent coverage of what looks like some of the best trails in No. Colorado. I live in Castle Rock and do most of my front range riding (Pioneer 500) in the Pike and Isabel NF's (south). Would like to explore north but not sure what trails would make the trip up north worthwhile. What would you recommend for a stock UTV like my 500? Say I had a couple of days to explore with a night in a cabin or car camping. Regards, Gregg Macaluso (Castle Rock, CO)
–Gregg Macaluso (01/03/2020)
–Tim Palmer (02/21/2020)

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Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well. A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg
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