Slaughterhouse Road (aka Slaughterhouse Gulch)

4.4/5 (96 reviews)
Bailey, Colorado (Park County)
Last Updated: 01/01/2023
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Near the edge of Bailey, CO, Slaughterhouse Gulch is a fun and memorable offroad trail that is a classic among Colorado locals. The 8-mile loop has a good number of small obstacles, and you can make a whole day out of climbing up and down the rocky sections of the trail. While the trail isn’t very scenic by Colorado standards, the aspen groves turn a beautiful gold in the fall before the trail closes for the season and can draw leaf-peeping crowds. Multiple large parking areas and the trail's proximity to 285 and County Road 43 make Slaughterhouse Road good for large groups looking for a place to wheel together. Its popularity means that there can often be many people on the trail on the weekends, so weekdays to avoid crowds is recommended. This traffic also means that people tend to look for alternative off-roading hours and night-wheeling; this trail is very popular in the summer since there aren’t many dangerous drop-offs, just a lot of dirt. Slaughterhouse Gulch is a popular Colorado trail that anyone living along the front range should take some time to visit at least once. Spend a day out here to get your rig dirty and meet some other wheelers while you’re at it.

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4.5/5 (96 reviews)
JD Marshall
Official Crew
110300
Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 01/01/2023

Closed for the year, see you next season!
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/26/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Awesome trail. Moderate for sure specially if you stay right. Ran it clockwise. Some icy spots in shades. The mud holes are frozen and phat trucks will break through. Some cool ledgy areas which were great. Not many people on trail which made it for a great day.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 11/26/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This trail was a blast! From beautiful views to deep mud (now ice) holes and super rutted and rocky steep inclines - it has it all! Built jeep had no issue even on the harder lines, but did throw a decent wave on the big hill after the mud holes (left turn at big open space), so make sure to walk and know your line. Several equally steep but not as deeply rutted hills after that so newer drivers would benefit from going with a more experienced driver or at least having a copilot that knows how to spot. There was a little snow and ice throughout but is completely manageable without any slipping or sliding. Already thinking of heading back out in the next few days since I enjoyed it so much! I would rate it at a high 3 but if the snow and ice was much deeper I could see it becoming a high 4/low 5.
Trail Review: Slaughterhouse Road (aka Slaughterhouse Gulch) - Alysabeth Miller
Trail Review: Slaughterhouse Road (aka Slaughterhouse Gulch) - Alysabeth Miller
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun Loop. Lived in the area for 9 years and this was always a great default fun trail to take it easy or hard.
Status: Open
Visited: 11/13/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun loop, pretty dry overall and not crowded.

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