Long Draw Road

Walden, Colorado (Larimer County)

Last Updated: 12/01/2021
4.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Highlight: Long Draw Road
One could consider this the origin of the Grand Canyon. Long Draw Road leads to where the Colorado River begins its magnificent 1450-mile-long journey through the southwest United States and Mexico. Long Draw Road lies along the northern edge of the Rocky Mountain National Park at the continental divide in north central Colorado. Beautiful and rugged mountain views are abundant as you travel near three different wilderness areas, the Comanche Peak, the Never Summer, and the Neota Wilderness. At the road’s end, there is plenty of room to park and then hike about one half mile to the headwaters of the Colorado River and a little further to the ghost mining town of Lulu City. Make sure you have your camera along for this adventure.

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1. Long Draw Road Trailhead (0 mi)
Long Draw Road is well marked taking off to the south (left) from Highway 14. On the other side of the highway, across from the Long Draw Road, is the parking lot for the Blue Lake Trailhead, a hiking only trail. A USFS gate dons the entrance to Long Draw Road. Airing down is not necessary for this trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Fort Collins, CO

Take US Highway 287 north to the start of the Poudre Canyon (Colorado Highway 14). Head west for 53 miles on Highway 14 where you will find the well marked Long Draw Road Road heading to the south (Mile marker 67). If you reach Cameron Pass, you have gone too far.



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Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - Colorado

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
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