The Cutoff

Grand Junction, Colorado (Mesa County)

Last Updated: 06/13/2022
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Highlight: The Cutoff
The Cutoff is the newest trail edition to the Bangs Canyon Management Area, located in Grand Junction Colorado. This extreme trail should only be attempted by the most modified of vehicles. At just over 300 yards long, this trail could leave your vehicle in pieces sitting on a trailer on it's way back to town. Colossal boulders will test the limits of your driving ability, and uncover any mechanical weakness your vehicle might have. Do not attempt this trail alone, and be prepared for body damage. The Cutoff trail was opened just a few years ago by the Grand Mesa Jeep Club, in partnership with the BLM. 37"+ Tires, a winch, dual lockers, and rollover protection are highly recommended for this trail.


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1. The Cutoff Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail starts at a sharp, southern turn off of Third Flats Road. The turn is marked with a sign that says "Cedar Point Road". Immediately after pulling off of Third Flats Road, you will see a road heading west and marked with the sign for The Cutoff.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Grand Junction, Colorado

From the corner of Broadway and N 1st Street, head west on Broadway crossing the Colorado River. Turn left on Monument Road and then left again on "D" Road. Turn right on Rosevale Road to Little Park Road where you again turn right. Follow Little Park Road for 4.2 miles until you reach the Third Flats Trailhead on the left. From the parking lot, it is 0.47 miles to the start of the actual trail.


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Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Hi, I'm Ryan! I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion". I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure. My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others. If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.
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