Deadman Road

Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (Larimer County)

Last Updated: 08/14/2020
4.3 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
Information
Nearby Trails
Status: Temporary Closure
Typically Open: 06/01 - 12/15
Length: 22.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 10278 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Red Feather Lakes
Nearest Town w/ Services: Fort Collins
Official Road Name: 86
Management Agency: Roosevelt National Forest
District: Canyon Lakes Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Deadman Road
Deadman Road is an easy off-road trail through the Roosevelt National Forest with seemingly endless forest access and different routes to explore. Traveling from Red Feather Lakes to the Medicine Bow National Forest, Deadman Road was established for logging which it is still used for to this day. The logging history is also where this road gets its name, doesn't actually have anything to do with a dead man. Luckily, this has allowed for hundreds of miles OHV and 4x4 roads to be created. Some of these roads are now permanent while others are being closed and reopened as the year's pass. Deadman Road also has access to 2 single track trails, several beautiful valleys, creeks and streams for fishing, and the Deadman Lookout Tower where you can see from the plains of Wyoming to the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. Overall, this road is too much fun for one summer and once you visit you will always want to come back.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. East End Deadman Road (0 mi)
The beginning of Deadman Road in Red Feather Lakes. There is no place to prepare your vehicle here on the road. If you need to prep your rig you can in the parking lot of the Potbelly Restaurant just before the trailhead

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 40.792491, -105.603987

Starting Point: Fort Collins, CO

From Fort Collins take Highway 287 North to Livermore. Turn left (west) onto Red Feather Lakes Road (CR 74e) and follow for 24 miles into Red Feather Lakes. Turn Left onto Deadman Road.

Camping

Dispersed
Improved

Trail Reviews (10)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
According to the MVUM, Deadman Road is officially open

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
Although this road typically opens on June 1st each year, there is still significant snow in the northern Colorado mountains. Larimer County Has announced that the Deadman area should open around June 30 this year.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Rating:
The vicinity around Deadman Road has seen significant snow fall over the past few weeks. We drove several trails today and I was surprised by the amount of snow that has fallen here. Although this road sees a lot of hunting traffic this time of the season, not all drivers will feel comfortable plowing through the 1-2' of snow on the road. This road is slated to be open until December 1st when it will close for the season. Until then, snow and winter conditions will challenge drivers.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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After completing the Green Ridge Trail, we came out onto Deadman Road at Waypoint 15. As we headed back east, we noticed that most of the snow from a storm nearly 10 days earlier was still packed on the road. In areas where the sun peaks through and hits the road, slushy conditions forced speeds to be somewhat slower than typical for this road. Although this road is usually open until December 1st each year, snow conditions are going to impact the area through November. Be prepared for the winter driving conditions and drive with care.

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Status: Open
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Rating:
Great access road to all of the other interesting roads in the vicinity. Pretty heavily washboarded in many areas. It was very dry and dusty. Most of the disbursed camping areas were occupied by a surprising number of very large camping trailers -- even fifth wheels. That said, traffic on Labor Day overall wasn't excessive.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
This trail is now closed for the season

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Deadman Road is open and in good shape. Because of the dry conditions, dust is a concern while driving. With many blind corners and dusty conditions, please drive carefully. Most off-road trails in the vicinity are open. Although mostly dry, some trails have isolated standing water resulting in some patchy mud conditions. The connecting trail, Green Ridge Road is still closed because of downfall blocking much of the trail. The Forest Service is working on clearing the path.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
It is clear that the winter season is starting to affect the higher elevations of Deadman Road. Several recent snow storms have hit the area in mid-October. At about mile marker 7, snow covers the road and I can be slick at times. Because daytime highs have been near 50 degrees, the road surface is slushy during the day, but refreezes in the evening. Please use caution.

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Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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When it's open, this is a great trail that any 2WD can do. The road is very dry and dusty, and some areas have washboards that will jar your bones apart. This is a great road for Aspen viewing in the fall. The highlight of this trip is checking out the fire tower. The amount of 5th wheel trailers in all of the dispersed campsites was insane.

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Where is that river located from the "Highlights" section at the top of the page and is there camping next to it? Looking for a primitive camp spot accessible by vehicle near a river.
–Sean (05/27/2020)
–Bradley & Rhea Mikkelson (05/29/2020)
Q: I am planning a summer camping trip and want to know where is "the" best spot for Red Feathers Lake camping opportunities? Do you recommend any road the most that you have listed?
–Tom Culver (02/26/2017)
–Bradley & Rhea Mikkelson (03/02/2017)

Writer Information

Bradley & Rhea Mikkelson

Mapping Crew - Colorado and South Dakota

Bradley and Rhea are currently living in the quaint little town of Fairburn, South Dakota with their two daughters, Riley and Dakota, and their dog Nyx. Bradley was raised in Northern Colorado, while Rhea was raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Growing up in these environments, the mountains are where they like to spend their free time. Since meeting in July 2011, they have been fishing, camping, and wheeling together ever since. For the Mikkelson family, owning a Jeep is essential to the mountaineering lifestyle. They currently have three Jeeps, a built 1995 Jeep Cherokee, A mildly built 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a bone-stock 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. As a volunteer wildland firefighter, TrailsOffroad mapping crew and avid nature lovers, the Mikkelson's strongly encourage responsible trail usage, respect for our forests, always stay the trail, pack out what you pack in, and enjoy the adventure!
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