Tierod Bender Rock Crawling Trail

Gypsum, Colorado (Eagle County)

Last Updated: 02/06/2022
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Highlight: Tierod Bender Rock Crawling Trail
This rock crawling trail just north of the small town of Gypsum is riddled with large boulders the entire length of the trail, never allowing your undercarriage a break from the beating it will sustain. Rightfully named, this trail will do everything in its power to ensure your vehicle leaves the trail with crooked steering. Although not new, this trail was officially added and recognized by the BLM in 2016, making it one of the few opportunities offroaders get to seek out and explore new trail opportunities. This trail took serious work by the local off-road community to officially open, so please respect the area by staying on designated routes and picking up after yourself.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead Turn (0 mi)
Tierod Bender starts just off a switchback 3.1 miles down Trail Gulch Road. Look for a white and orange gas line marker on your right. Follow the road downhill into the wash.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Gypsum, Colorado

From I70, take Exit 140 into Gypsum. Upon exiting the highway, head north on Trail Gulch Road. The road will quickly take a left hand sweeping turn south, and then another right hand sweeping turn north. There are large parking areas at 1 mile and 1.2 miles to accommodate any trailers. At 1.4 miles, continue left at the Y intersection. Follow the road for another 1.7 miles until you reach a left turn switchback. The trail starts just off of this switchback to your right.

Camping

Dispersed
Improved

Land Use Issues

Travel along this route requires an OHV Permit for ALL vehicles, including street legal plated vehicles. Visit the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website to read more information on how to purchase OHV registrations and permits, and the projects that the OHV Registration program funds, call (303) 791-1920, or visit one of the OHV Registration Locations.

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Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Hi, I'm Ryan! I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion". I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure. My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others. If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.
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