Taylor Pass

4.1/5 (19 reviews)
Aspen, Colorado (Gunnison County)
Last Updated: 08/07/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Trekking through two national forests, high in the rugged mountains of Gunnison County, Taylor Pass is an extremely fun and scenic route between Taylor Park and Aspen. Known for it's spectacular fall colors, this 4x4 off-road trail provides amazing high alpine views and will entertain everyone from the first timer, to the extreme off road enthusiast. One unique feature of this trail, which is seldom seen in any other Colorado trail, is the half mile trek in the creek on the south side of the pass. Taylor Pass was once the main supply route from Buena Vista into the mining camps around Ashcroft, originally known as Castle Forks. Once Independence Pass was created, populations in Ashcroft plunged from 2,500 in 1883, to just 2 by 1900.

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Trail Reviews

4.1/5 (19 reviews)
Status: Open
Visited: 09/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We ran this with the club. Still a challenging boulder trail the whole way up. Lots of traffic on the Taylor Park side and no traffic on the Aspen side.
Marcus Trusty
Official Crew
27350
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/07/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Clear day on Taylor Pass. Very few people or vehicles. Easy trip up and over to Pearl Pass.
Trail Review: Taylor Pass - Marcus Trusty
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This trail is awesome. A short 6 miles from Taylor Park to the pass, but the fun never ends. It’s a challenging trail, especially for a fully loaded overland rig. Shorter wheelbase is better, and 33’s or greater are almost required. Lots of rock gardens and an awesome creek section leading into the one major obstacle. We had 2 vehicles needing to be winched through or over the rocks, and one lost a valve stem and we had to do a tire change on trail. Everyone that had to wait for us was gracious and patient, thankfully. All in all, a great day!!
Trail Review: Taylor Pass - Dave Purvis
Trail Review: Taylor Pass - Dave Purvis
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/26/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun trail with lots of rocks. We ran this trail from the aspen side to Taylor Park. The Aspen side is a little rocky but overal fairly moderate. Things kick up a notch heading into Taylor Park as the trial becomes incredibly rocky and you have to slowly pick your way through to the exit. The rather lengthy section running in the stream is really cool and somewhat unique.
Trail Review: Taylor Pass - Jason Lonergan
Trail Review: Taylor Pass - Jason Lonergan
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Trail passable the whole way! We ran the trail today all the way through from Tayler Park, Ashcroft, to Aspen. Good challenge up to pass! Going in the stream was real cool. We ran it in a Rubicon and our son ran it in a 2” lifted double cab long bed Tacoma. Sliders, skids and exhaust reroute were beneficial! Views were awesome from the top of the pass
Trail Review: Taylor Pass - Ed Helmuth
Trail Review: Taylor Pass - Ed Helmuth
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