Bull Mountain is one of the many off-road trails located in the Colorado State Forest. The road is used to access the ridge atop of Bull Mountain and is an easy off-road experience for novice drivers. It is also open in the fall to access hunting areas and becomes a snowmobile route in the winter months. Bull Mountain is a multiple use trail that is available for vehicles, OHVs, mountain bikes, and horseback.
The Bull Mountain trailhead begins after passing the park's maintenance facility. The trail is well marked and signs are easy to follow. This is an cattle open grazing area, so use caution if you see cattle on the roadway. The trail heads off to the east and up the side of Bull Mountain.
Take Colorado Highway 14 through to Jackson County Road 41 just west of Gould, CO. Turn right and follow CR# 41 into the State Forest and pay the fee at the entrance station. Continue on the main road a few hundred feet and turn left towards the park maintenance shop. Follow signs to Bull Mountain.
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.
This is one of the few trails open in the Colorado State Forest. The road was dry and no evidence of snow was seen. Remember, camping is only allowed in designated locations in the Colorado State Forest.
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.
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.
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