Johnny Park Road

Estes Park, Colorado (Boulder County)

Last Updated: 06/17/2022
4.5 / 5 ( 17 reviews )
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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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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

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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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 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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