Tierod Bender Rock Crawling Trail

Gypsum, Colorado (Eagle County)

Last Updated: 10/13/2019
5 / 5 ( 1 review )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 0.87 miles
Highest Elevation: 7164 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Gypsum
Nearest Town w/ Services: Gypsum
Official Road Name: 8469
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Colorado River Valley Field Office
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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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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

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.685952, -106.960376

Starting Point: Gypsum

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.



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.

Trail Reviews (2)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Ran the trail with only 2 very well built rigs on 39s and 40s. Took us 20 mins to run all the way through and even had to pull out the winch once for a quick recovery. I have now ran this trail several times, with both larger rigs and rigs that meet the minimum requirements, and it has never taken us much longer than an hour to run. If you are with a group of larger equipped rigs, dual lockers and winches, and don't have any mechanical breaks, this is a quick, less than an hour run. If everyone in your group is minimally equipped, I can see this taking a bit longer as there will be more recoveries.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
We were headed towards Holy Cross, so we thought we'd swing in on our way through and spend the afternoon on this trail. Hey, Trails Offroad says it should only take an hour, let's try it and see how it goes! We had 3 jeeps with us that day. My JKU, fully locked, 4.5" lift on 37's, my Son's JKU, Locked front limited slip rear, 2.5" lift on 35's and my other son's 2" on 35s fully locked. We started the trail about 2PM, we were on the trail for 9 hours. If you were in a rock crawler buggy on 42's I can see you completing this trail in an hour. But any street legal Jeep will take 2-3 at best. In our case, My jeep was the only one that didn't end up winching at some point. Had I been alone or with other jeeps of similar build, I feel we could have completed the trail in 3-4 hours. The shortest in our group, the 2" lift was winched many times, and ended up breaking a front axle shaft near obstacle 7. The highlift jacks, winches and skid plates all got plenty of use before we made it off the trail well after dark. Don't even consider this trail unless you have good skid plates, real rock rails that can support the weight of your vehicle, a winch and the know-how to use it, lockers front and rear and at least 35s. This is a serious rock crawler trail that is pretty much a boulder filled dry creek bed from start to finish. My jeep took no body damage, but did bend the transfer case skidplate, repeatedly scarred the rock rails, and left a nasty rock rash on 3 out of 4 of my wheels. That's all part of the fun of jeeping, but the one hour estimate to complete the trail is so far off, we vastly underestimated the difficulty. Basically, it was the most fun 9 hours I never want to have again.

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Writer Information

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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