Teller Divide, named for its proximity to the Colorado ghost town Teller City, meanders through the Routt National Forest on the western edge of the Rocky Mountain National Park. After crossing Calamity Pass, Teller Divide offers spectacular views of the Jack Creek basin and the Teller City valley. Heavy snow during the fall, winter and spring seasons allows for limited access to this part of the forest. Teller Divide is very popular with snowmobiles during the winter snow season. Other popular four-wheel drive out-and-back routes begin along Teller Divide and offer the only access to the edge of the Never Summer Wilderness.
Travel east on Colorado Highway 14 for 21 miles until you reach the community of Gould, Colorado. Once in Gould, turn south onto Jackson County Road 21. County Road 21 becomes US Forest Service 740.
Alternately, travel south on Colorado 125 from Walden 24.5 miles to Jackson County Road #21, turn west. County Road #21 is Teller Divide.
Ran this from west to East and back west (Hwy 125) looking for wildlife. Saw a few moose so it was great. Easy trail and only saw a few campers close to the eastern trailhead. Great way to spend a few hours in the mountains!
Very busy on the trail - looped from Gould into Teller and back out to HWY 14 by Rand/OwlMountain. Trail was clear and in good shape. One huge aspen fell across the trail somewhere between WP9 and WP11-cleared the lowest branch with my RTT. If you have onboard air, I’d recommend airing down at WP9, it would make the ride a bit nicer.
The forest around Gould was really busy with a lot of ATVs and side-by-sides. There were quite a few downed pines and aspens along the trail. We cleared out the most intrusive offenders. Make sure you bring bug spray as the mosquito population is high.
Of the trails available in the Gould area, Teller Divide is the only one that remains passable. The section between Waypoint 10 and Waypoint 11 is slick and and a bit scary because it is a shelf road, but it is passable. I suspect that it will quickly become impassable with significant snow expected this next week. This road is heavily used by snowmobiles during the snowy season and things are shaping up for that activity to begin.
Although there is still a lot of snow in the high country of Colorado, the snow is gone along Teller Divide. There were a few spots of standing water on the trail, but overall the trail was dry. Be careful between Waypoint 16 and Waypoint 17 as there are logging operations with heavy equipment in the vicinity.
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