Johnny Park Road

Estes Park, Colorado (Boulder County)

Last Updated: 07/08/2020
4.4 / 5 ( 10 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: 06/15 - 12/01
Length: 5.57 miles
Highest Elevation: 8451 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Estes Park
Nearest Town w/ Services: Estes Park
Official Road Name: 118
Management Agency: Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forest
District: Canyon Lakes Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Johnny Park Road
Johnny Park Road lies on the outskirts of the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, providing stunning views of the towering Longs Peak rising into the sky at 14,259' and the smaller peak, Mount Meeker at 13,916'. As you venture through the forest, you will experience patches where the trees give ways to the sky, exposing quite a few scenic vistas as well as dispersed camping opportunities. It's proximity to Boulder, and the Front Range makes this trail hard to beat if you are on a time constraint - as it offers beautiful sights and sounds, and a bit of challenge for all drivers.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Johnny Park Trailhead (0 mi)
Johnny Park Road begins immediately off Big Elk Meadows Road (Larimer County Road 47). The trailhead is not well marked, but easy to find.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 40.257203, -105.406488

Starting Point: Lyons, Colorado

Take Colorado Highway 66 from Lyons toward Estes Park to mile marker 10. Turn left (west) onto Larimer County Road 47 (Big Elk Meadows) and continue for about 3.5 miles to a fork in the road. Johnny Park Road begins here at the left (south) fork.

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Trail Reviews (17)

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Only my second off road trail but this one got me hooked. Had no idea what me and my vehicle were capable of which was perfect for this trail as every difficult section had a easy bypass however I was able to make it threw all the tougher sections.

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Pretty easy trail. A few places you can take a harder line. And a few nice views.

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Trail was in very nice shape and not too busy, although lots of dispersed campers, especially close to both ends of the trail. Had a great time, though the biting flies were out in force and the lack of recent rains meant lots of dust. As an aside, this trail is definitely "full size friendly". I ran it in a 2017 Nissan Titan Pro-4X crew cab with no contact issues anywhere, although one turn required a three point turn.

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Only the 2nd time going here, the 1st time I ran it backwards with some snow. It was nice to do it the "right" way and go up all of the obstacles. Pretty fun trail, all of the harder stuff has bypasses. Totally dry and only saw 1 truck then 2 Jeeps.

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We ran this trail the Sunday after the Fourth of July, and wow...it was a ghost town! There are active fire bans in place, which is my guess of why it was so empty. Anyways, I love this trail. It has great scenery and has some fun obstacles. I had my fiance drive the entire time and made her do the hardest lines to boost her confidence. We had a great time taking in the sights and playing around in the rocks. This is one of those trails I can run several times a year and not get bored. Always something to see and always provides a fun challenge!

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14 Tacoma DCSB, 3” lift on 265/75r16 Excellent trail to expand your skills. First two miles at east are more difficult than the rest. The rest of the trail was pretty easy. Everything was open and clear.

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Calvary 4-Wheelers headed to Johnny Park on Saturday, June 20, 2020. We had 7 rigs along for the trip, a TJ, two LJs, two XJs, a JK and a Ford Ranger. We had near-perfect weather with partly cloudy skies, mild temperatures, almost no wind and no rain.The scenery was as beautiful as the weather with spectacular views of Longs Peak and the surrounding mountains. This trail was perfect for our mixed group as the stock rigs were able to take the easy lines and bypasses while the bigger rigs played on the harder lines. Both ends of the trail were packed with Fathers Day Weekend campers but the middle of the trail was quiet and secluded.

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Status: Open
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According to the MVUM, Johnny Park is now open.

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This trail was a fun one. We entered thru the second one and found a camp site , the trail was tricky in some spots but not bad at all

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Ran this in a mostly stock FJ100 with 33s. Took the "hard" route at every chance and, with the exception of one ledge that took three tries to find a passable angle, found it only slightly challenging. This should be completely do-able for most stock, high-clearance rigs with good tires. The rock gardens are fun and will provide ample entertainment without fear of serious scrapes or scary off camber. The lower portion of this trail has lots of wildflowers and shade. The views up higher are amazing. It made for a great day trip and is highly recommended. I'll definitely hit it again.

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Views are amazing of Longs Peak and the Indian Peaks. Fun challenges, running 33s on a 2.5 lift. Didnt really need 4 lo, line selection great. First time running this trail and absolutely loved it

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Ran this trail with a few members of the local Toyota group. It is a fun trail with great views, and a great place for a stock-ish vehicle to get more confidence on harder obstacles. This can also be a good place to camp if you get there before everyone else does.

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Trail was closed

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Trail was awesome!

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Ran this on a Friday afternoon. Didn't pass a single soul. Road is in good shape.

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We ran this trail Saturday the 10th of September. As mentioned this trail can be run from both directions, and we started from the South end. We only ran across two other groups which was lighter traffic than expected, and also observed multiple camp sites. There was a large amount of dust on the road surface, but no other concerns. The rock garden does not look to have deteriorated, and offered fun for stock vehicles as mentioned.

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Writer Information

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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