Eagle-Thomasville Road

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5/5 (10 reviews)
Meredith, Colorado (Pitkin County)
Last Updated: 11/22/2023
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Passing through the White River National Forest, this dirt road winds its way from the tiny town of Thomasville and the Frying Pan, up to the top of Crooked Creek Pass and down the other side, past Sylvan Lake and into the town of Eagle. Drivers can expect to encounter large stands of aspens, a wide variety of pine trees, high mountain meadows, wildflowers, and majestic views of the Sawatch Mountain Range, Burnt Mountain, and William's Mountains. This off-road trail provides abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing, camping, fishing, and even boating at Sylvan Lake. This trail is also one of the major trails along section 4 of the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route (COBDR), which is a mostly off-road route across the entire state of Colorado from New Mexico to Wyoming. Whether traveling to see the lush wildflowers in the early summer or traveling to see the rich fall foliage at the start of fall, this trail will definitely leave an impression on you with its utter beauty.

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5/5 (10)
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Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/23/2023

This trail is now under official seasonal closure to wheeled vehicles, beginning 11/23.
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Visited: 07/30/2023

Only drove half the trail as we were camped on the eagle side and didn't want to drive all the way over. Road is in good shape and suitable for any vehicle really. Be prepared for a ton of pot holes, and fine red dust. Spent a fantastic day on the lake at Sylvan State Park.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/02/2023

Such a beautiful drive and the road is in fantastic shape which made it all the more enjoyable. You get a wide array of landscapes from being in the trees, sprawling meadows, small distant canyons (around Waypoint 6 I think), ponds, Sylvan Lake, etc. Really enjoyed this drive.
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Visited: 06/16/2023

Open for the season.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/20/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very well maintained forest road with beautiful views. Just a nice, relaxing drive through the mountains. Ample camping options along much of the trail.

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