Bordenville Gulches

Jefferson, Colorado (Park County)

Last Updated: 01/01/2021
4.3 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Status: Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 1-3
Length: 21 miles
Highest Elevation: 9839 feet
Duration: About 3 hours, 40 minutes
Shape of Trail: Other Shapes
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Jefferson
Nearest Town w/ Services: Fairplay
Official Road Name: 140, 278, 845, 844, 829, 843,
Management Agency: Pike National Forest
District: South Park Ranger District
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Highlight: Bordenville Gulches
Bordenville Gulches is a fairly easy drive with some good exploring within the Pike National Forest. It travels throughout the trails of old homesteaders of the town of Bordenville that was established in 1865. Little remains of the original town, only a couple building stand about 0.4 miles west up Tarryall Road past the Cemetery. The town once had a sawmill, general store, post office, and 2000 acre ranch all founded by the Borden brothers and their families. The trails network doesn't show any remains of this town unfortunately but it does offer some secluded camping and excellent hunting area. Open year-round Bordenville Gulches makes for a great snow wheeling destination, offering some challenge, but not so hard you end up in the cemetery with the rest of the previous residents.



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Route Information

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Recommended Vehicle:
Stock SUV with High Clearance and 4 Low
Generally easy trail and condition could be more difficult in wet weather.

Technical Rating: 1-3

Dirt and/or rocky road. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 5" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 5" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 6" inches. Good tire placement likely. Can be steep, but with good traction.
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Bordenville Gulches is a network of dirt and gravel roads that are unmaintained. Some not traveled much, but passable by most high clearance AWD cars when conditions are dry. The road is mostly only one vehicle wide but passing other drivers is typically not an issue. Bordenville Gulches is a network of out and back trails that take you into different mountain valleys of the Pike National Forest and back out one of two different entrances. Some of these roads only permit jeeps and trucks, so ATV and dirt bikes are not as common here compared to other nearby offroad trails. This area is also open year round so conditions can vary greatly, for current information on this road call the South Park Ranger District at (719) 836-2031.


1. Bordenville Cemetery ( mi)
This is the Bordenville Cemetery for the past and some current landowners of the former town of Bordenville. It holds the final resting place of the original pioneers, Timothy Borden and his younger brother Olney that homesteaded the Tarryall Valley and established the town itself in 1865. To get to the cemetery there is a turn off of Tarryall Road about 100 yards west of the East Entrance of Bordenville Gulches.
2. West Entrance (0 mi)
West Entrance to Bordenville Gulches on FR 140.
3. FR 845 (1.8 mi)
The first/west intersection of Bordenville Gulches. Right takes you east on FR 845 and left takes you west continuing FR 140. For this write-up, we will continue on FR 140 west.
4. Mud Hole (2.8 mi)
Small mud hole/creek crossing that could be more intimidating in the winter and spring months.
5. Unmarked Intersection (3.3 mi)
An unmarked intersection with another Forest Service Road. No signs show it to be closed but did look rarely traveled.
6. End FR 140/Start FR 278 (3.7 mi)
This intersection is the end of FR 140, it used to continue north but has been recently closed. FR 287 continues south from here.
7. End FR 278 (5.5 mi)
The end of FR 287 at this creek crossing/mudhole, the other side of the creek is just a turnaround. From here in this write-up, we are going to travel back to FR 845 in Waypoint 3 and continue east.
8. FR 844 & 845 Intersection (10.6 mi)
The second/east intersection of Bordenville gulches. This is the end of FR 845, and either direction from FR 845 will be onto FR 844. Heading south from here will take you to the East Entrance and out of Bordenville Gulches, in this write-up, we continue north on FR 844.
9. End FR 844 (12.1 mi)
End of FR 844, there is only a turnaround/parking area here. From here in the write-up, we will travel back to the FR 844 and 845 intersection and continue south.
10. FR 829 (13.8 mi)
The intersection of FR 829 off of FR 844. For this write-up, we turn down FR 829 and continue east.
11. End FR 829/Start FR 843 (14.5 mi)
This is the end of FR 829 at FR 843, either direction here is FR 843. For this write-up, we turn left and head north.
12. Unmarked turn (15.4 mi)
Unmarked left (north) turn, stay right (east) to continue on FR 843.
13. FR 843a (15.8 mi)
A left (north) turn to FR 843a, stay right (east) to continue on FR 843.
14. North End FR 843 (16.2 mi)
Dead end of FR 843 at a campsite. For this write-up, we head back to the intersection of FR 843 and FR 829 and continue south on FR 843.
15. Mud Hole (18.5 mi)
Small mud hole that can be more intimidating in the winter and spring months.
16. South End 843 (19.7 mi)
The south end of FR 843 at a nice little campsite and creek. This is also an access point to hiking trail 655. For this write-up, from here we will continue back FR 843 to FR 829 and down FR 829 back to FR 844 and continue south towards the East Entrance.
17. East Entrance (24.1 mi)
The East Entrance to Bordenville Gulches off of Tarryall Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.274120, -105.674850

Starting Point: Bailey, CO

From Bailey Colorado take Highway 285 west for 22.9 miles and turn left (west) onto Tarryall Road/CR 77. Follow Tarryall Road for another 11.7 miles and the west entrance will be on the left or 13.1 miles and the east entrance will be on your left. From Colorado Springs take US-24 W/W Highway 24 for 38 miles then merge right (north) onto Tarryall Road/CR 77. Continue on Tarryall Road/CR 77 for 29.7 miles and the east entrance will be on your right or 31.1 miles and the west entrance will be on the right. For further direction here is a link to Google Maps at the west entrance.


There is abundant primitive camping throughout Bordenville Gulches, with the most secluded spots at the dead ends or nearby. There are some larger camping areas off FR 844 (East Entrance) that can accommodate large camper trailers and RVs but most of the trails are only suitable for tents and smaller camper trailers. These camp areas are well established and visible from the road or have a small, unmarked, established road back to the site. Please stay on these roads and in the established sites to prevent further land damage. All campsites have an established fire pit as well, please use these same pits and leave the campsites in as good or better condition than when you showed up. As an outdoor enthusiast, it is your responsibility to take care of the places we all enjoy.
Camping: Bordenville Gulches

Land Use Issues

This area is part of Pike-San Isabel National Forest, and as such is part of the 2011 Lawsuit where a coalition of conservation and recreation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they say is the illegal addition of 500 miles of motorized roads and trails. A settlement was reached in late 2015 which requires the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate the roads and create a new Travel Management Plan (TMP). Over the next year, some roads may be partially or completely closed while this evaluation proceeds. The TMP process is scheduled over the next 5 years. It is imperative that the OHV-user community voices their interests on this issue. If we do nothing, those 500 miles may be shutdown. Contact the local Ranger District at (719) 836-2031 and let them know why the area is important to you as an OHV enthusiast.

Trail Reviews (6)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
Seasonal Closure on this trail has begun. Jan 1- Jun 15 are the dates it is closed. This closure was put into effect as part of the Pike San Isabel Travel Management lawsuit settlement. Details can be found here:

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Easy fun trail with lots of great camping spots. It has beautiful views as well. Some areas had a some good snow which made some of the trail more challenging but nothing that can’t be handled by any 4wheel drive vehicle. I’d do this again in the summer after some good rainfall and have fun in those mud pits

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Fun trail, pretty easy, no big rocks or obstacles. We ran this trail on our way back to Denver from Breakneck Pass trail. Definitely easy trail.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Ran most of the listed roads on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 with a group of 7 Subarus. Most lifted with better tires, skids, etc (which was not necessary for this system), but a few bone stock ones as well. We had no issues, but for us this system is rated more of a 2-3, due to our high gearing and the few steep, long hills we encountered throughout the day. The waypoints were accurate, descriptions accurate, and overall it was a great day in the woods with friends.

Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
This trail is closed to all motor vehicles from January 1st until June 15th. I didn't take a picture of the sign but it was at both entrances of this loop.

Status: Closed
Offroaded on:
Just wanted to leave a quick note that this trail is closed to motor vehicles until June 15, 2018 for preservation or something. Been closed since January 1st, but hadn't seen anything about that anywhere else.

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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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