Moody Hill

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4.1/5 (24 reviews)
Laporte, Colorado (Larimer County)
Last Updated: 12/04/2023
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Colorado is known for its amazing beauty and scenic off-road drives. But it's not typically known for its demanding and challenging rock-crawling obstacles, especially what the offroad community likes to call a "playground." Moody Hill is one of those anomalies where two drivers at completely different ends of the spectrum can have a fun and challenging day out on the trails. A novice driver with a stock or mildly built rig can tag along with a competition buggy all of the way up to the very end of the trail, where maybe it's best to park the stock rig and watch what a purpose-built vehicle can do. Moody Hill is known for the final obstacle/area, the quarry, a playground where all sorts of vehicle capabilities can practice offroad skills, from smaller ledges to insane vertical waterfalls. If you love scenic views and breathing in the fresh Colorado mountain air with a rig somewhere between bone stock and a money pit on 44" tires, Moody Hill has to be on your shortlist.

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4.1/5 (24)
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Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/04/2023

According to the MVUM, this trail is closed for the season.
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Rated 1/5
Visited: 07/26/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This trail sucks. Live in the area about 20 mins nearby, wanted to try Moody Hill the first time today 7/26/23. The gravel road work that been done recently near trailhead makes for wide easy parking and turning around with a trailer with no issue. This was a brutal trail for me. The second steep rock outcropping you come across a few mins after starting up from the trail head is truly scary on a 1000lb 1000cc atv. Would not return. It’s off camber jagged granite rock that's only accessible on the right side is quite dangerous. I almost flipped backwards to the right crawling in 4wd locked, and I was standing straight up/leaning left on the rear passenger seat pillions to adjust my center of gravity -that's how steep it is here and only here. There’s no safe way to do a j turn and turn around so once you see it, you've committed. So I made it work after pausing, and walking around to find the right line, and pressed on. This wasn't fun for me, only because of this one. rock ledge and that it's such a short trail. FYI, you can only go 2.7 miles up from the trailhead (not 3.17 miles as indicated on the app.) before the forest service signs are clearly marked no motorized vehicles beyond that point or you'll risk fines and prosecution if caught. At least you can turn around here at the two warning signs without issue. Yes it’s beautiful going through the burned out areas and there are impressive wild flowers. But that one rock outcropping just isn’t worth dying on. It’s much steeper than the photos show, trust me. I rate this an extreme trail only because of this, and I've been riding since 1990. My atv is quite capable, but I know my skill limitations, and today I reached them.
Trail Review: Moody Hill - Graham S.
Trail Review: Moody Hill - Graham S.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail for all skill levels. Several ruts were washed out, and fairly deep, requiring careful tire placement. Was able to go through the quarry with a JLUR with a 2.5" lift and 35s with minimal issue. 2 Stock JLUR's attempted, and needed to winch on some of the Quarry obstacles. Several large rocks have fallen into the quarry adding more obstacles/challenges.
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Visited: 07/18/2023

According to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Moody Hill is open!
Temporary Closure
Visited: 06/11/2023

As of 6/11/2023, Moody hill is closed due to road work.

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