Old Flowers Road

Laporte, Colorado (Larimer County)

Last Updated: 08/18/2020
4.7 / 5 ( 17 reviews )
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Status: Temporary Closure
Typically Open: 06/15 - 11/30
Length: 12 miles
Highest Elevation: 8681 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Laporte
Nearest Town w/ Services: Fort Collins
Official Road Name: 152
Management Agency: Roosevelt National Forest
District: Canyon Lakes Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Old Flowers Road
Old Flowers Road is a mountain passage that travels from the Stove Prairie community westward to an area known as Pingree Park. It meanders through a section of the Roosevelt National Forest, known by locals as High Park, with a long history of mountain ranching. Old Flowers Road starts at the Stove Prairie School House which was opened in 1896. From here you will pass through some private property including the historic Stove Prairie Ranch. This active, rustic mountain ranch is filled with many stone buildings and homes that are still in use today by the owners and ranch hands. Along the way, you will be treated to other old homestead cabins and some spectacular views. In 2012, the High Park Fire, ignited from a lightning strike, began just south of Old Flowers Road. The fire devastated 87,000 acres, or 136 sq. miles, of private and National Forest land burning more than 250 homes. Old Flowers Road will take you through the core of the burn area in the National Forest.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead at Stove Prairie (0 mi)
Stove Prairie is an unincorporated community in the foothills west of Fort Collins, Colorado. Here you can see the Stove Prairie School House. This public school is still in use for the community covering grades K-12. Old Flowers Road continues west from the paved Stove Prairie Road. The first 3.4 miles of Old Flowers Road travels through private property. You will see several working mountain ranches in this segment. To respect private property owner rights, remain on Old Flowers Road and enjoy the ranch’s beauty from the road.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 40.619240, -105.357196

Starting Point: LaPorte, CO

Head west on Larimer County Road #54G for one and a half miles to Rist Canyon Road. Go west on Rist Canyon Road 13.5 miles to the stop sign at the intersection with Stove Prairie Road. Old Flowers Road is the dirt road that continues west from this intersection. You will see the Stove Prairie School House on the northwest corner of this intersection.

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Land Use Issues

Old Flowers Road is always closed to ATV and OHV vehicles.

Trail Reviews (23)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
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Old Flowers is temporarily closed due to the Cameron Peak fire.

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Took the trail this past weekend for the first time in 10 years... Way more burnt up. Still a beautiful trail. An easy ride. Clearly there is a fire burning not far from there now...

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First time off roader? This trail is for you! This was my first actual 4x4 trail for my stock 3rd gen Tacoma and my buddies stock SR5 4Runner. Loved it and both of our rigs ate it up. I'll definitely be going back in spring time to see the water crossings in full swing. The private property is just the first few miles and as long as you stay on the road as the signs suggest than you won't have any problems.

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Status: Open
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I love this trail for many reasons - it's close to Fort Collins, it has great scenery, and it connects you to the Pingree Park area, which has lots of cool hiking and other camping opportunities. Overall, it is just a great adventure in Northern Colorado. I reserve 5 stars for the truly epic trails - this trail is great, but not stunningly amazing. There is a very good reason they call it Old Flowers! June is prime time for wildflowers along this trail!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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According to the MVUM, Old Flowers Road is officially open

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Ran this trail in the Cruiser today from East to west. A very fun trail! Mostly easy, no significant obstacles, a lot of fun hill climbs. There are a few sections from the burn area west, that will test out your approach, breakover, and and departure angles😃. Highly recommend!

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Went all the way through in a stock 1987 Cherokee manual, seen a few other SUVs but once you got passed the cabin it was rather snowy and wet and even in 4H I had to search for a little traction going up some icy hills, easy if the road conditions are nice but it is up in the mountains, just be cautious and take your time on this trail and you can breeze right through it in a stock suv

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Good trail, some fun bumps little hills and 2 or 3 small bodies of water, I took this trail to explore around and didn't find any other car, just some parked. It's a fun trail easy. 02 Xterra no lift

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On the trail in a stock '02 Xterra with all-season mud and snow tires; it handled the trail well without any effort at all. Made it about 8 miles before we decided to turn around (friend was in a 1500 with 33" muds). This was a very fun trail without any real difficulty to it. There is space to let others pass by with a bit of patience; everyone acted great on the trail. The burn area is starting to recover and we just saw the beginning of the aspen turning color.

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Status: Open
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Took the wife and kids up to see the aspens and stock up on pitch. Great colors and trail, but was busy. Be ready to communicate and cooperate with groups you meet - the trail is tight and pulloffs are not always convenient with all the downed trees.

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My wife and I loved this scenic winding trail. Just enough ups and downs and turns to make it interesting but still a relaxing easy drive. Only saw 3 other vehicles the whole way. Definitely heading back in a month to see the Aspen’s turning gold.

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Easy trail with low traffic and beautiful scenery. It’s like a Sunday drive with practically no obstacles. It’s nice seeing the pines growing back after the fire. I would recommend it for anyone with or without experience.

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Old Floweres never disappoints. It’s a cool easy trail with a lot of great camp sites along the whole length of the trail. I went up Saturday expecting it to be packed . But nope, it was smooth trailing, wet and muddy in some spots, but nothing my wildpeak at3’s couldn’t handle. Hell , My favorite campsite on flowers was empty, so hell yeah!!!!!! For what flowers is , I might try doing a little bit of it in night vision.

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Fantastic trail! Drove my vanagon up to about the cabin the night before, Was simple even with the snow on the ground and some mud. Today I drove up there with my Isuzu, Loved the trail. Hoping to camp next weekend! I recommend for the beautiful sites for sure. Just watch out for the icy hill climb sections. I lost a little bit of traction but not enough to have issues.

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Status: Open
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Trail was dry and dusty for the most part. As others have mentioned, the trail goes through where the High Park fire burned, but the forest is starting to rebound. Trail was no problem for a stock 4runner.

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Very easy trail, some very nice camping spots along it, beautiful views towards the top and some extremely easy creek crossings.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Awesome way to get out of the heat down in the valley. The Mountaineers, a local 4x4 club from Fort Collins, CO, gathered a large group to conquer Old Flowers Road on a stormy Sunday afternoon. The trail was a little wet and muddy, but on the other hand, dusty trail conditions were not a problem.

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A very good starter trail. Great views, easy. I saw some full size 4x4 trucks. I also came across the Mountaineers as they came up from the East. There was also a jeep about 8.4 miles from the east entrance at Stove Prairie road that had lost its steering. It had been there quite a while as it had a temporary plate that expired in sept ʻ17. One of the Mountaineers was asking about it to tell the Sheriff, so hopefully itʻs gone soon. Regardless, itʻs not in the way at all.

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The road was dry with very light traffic Saturday mid-day. Much of the burn area is rebounding, with numerous aspens and evergreens in their early stages. Abundant wildflowers made for a pleasant drive. Geo Tracker, 27" tires - easy driving - lots of up and down, half a dozen small streams

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Super easy trail. At least when it’s dry. Compact dirt for the majority of it. A couple water crossings. A lot of hills. A great beginning trail. I went in a stock suspension Suzuki samurai on 29” tires and had no issues at all. Beautiful day.

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Great trail for beginners. Compact dirt. Not very rocky. A couple shallow water crossings. Very hilly.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
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Although this trail generally opens by June 15th each year, so far the US Forest Service has not yet unlocked the gates for this trail. Trails Off Road will check back regularly and update the status as things change.

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We headed to Old Flowers Road with a fairly large group of vehicles that ranged from completely built to completely stock for the days trip. While the trail itself is not hard by any means we did stop shortly after the seasonal gate to let some air out of the tires and have a short drivers meeting to inform everyone to make sure they always keep the person behind them in sight so no one would get lost or in case of anyone having vehicle trouble. It was a great sight to see that the old Homestead Cabin was still standing after the High Park fire burned literally 10 feet from it as well as many new Aspen Groves starting to take over the fire burned areas, this will make for some spectacular fall colors in the years to come.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Trail is closed as of December 1st.
–Jacob (12/03/2018)
–Tim Palmer (12/05/2018)

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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