Slaughterhouse Road (aka Slaughterhouse Gulch)

Bailey, Colorado (Park County)

Last Updated: 01/01/2022
4.5 / 5 ( 42 reviews )
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Information
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Status:
Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 05/15 - 01/01
Length: 8.24 miles
Highest Elevation: 9814 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Loop
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Bailey
Nearest Town w/ Services: Bailey
Official Road Name: 101, 105
Management Agency: Pike National Forest
District: South Platte Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: Slaughterhouse Road (aka Slaughterhouse Gulch)
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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Waypoints

1. Trailhead & Parking Lot on Saddlestring Road (0 mi)
The trailhead is to the right of this yellow sign and begins just off County Road 43 on Saddlestring Road. There is a large parking area across from the trailhead where large groups can air down and ATV users sometimes park their towing rigs.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Bailey, CO

At the intersection of US Hwy 285 N & Co Rd 43A, head north on Co Rd 43A at the intersection Co Rd 43A turns slightly right and becomes Deer Creek Rd/Dellwood Dr, Follow Deer Creek Rd for 6.1 miles, turn left onto Saddlestring Road for .03 miles to the large parking lot. The trailhead is on the right.

Camping

Dispersed

Land Use Issues

Due to PSI Lawsuit, no motor vehicles permitted Jan 01 - May 15. The Gate at waypoint 6 has been closed by the forest service for reclamation of the area. The mud holes back there have been permanently closed.

Trail Reviews (74)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: If this is a very popular location what would b the best time to do this trail?
–Shane Mattox (06/04/2020)
–JD Marshall (07/13/2021)

Writer Information

JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ had to be traded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.
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