Transfer Trail

Glenwood Springs, Colorado (Garfield County)

Last Updated: 06/03/2022
5 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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The Transfer Trail, situated near Glenwood Springs, Colorado is the main overland route into the White River National Forest SE Flat Tops area. The road delivers you deep into the heart of meadows filled with wildflowers, thick forest of spruce, fir, pine and aspen trees and scenic lakes. Mixed into the experience are vistas of the distant Elk Mountains to the south, and No Name Creek when you find yourself at Windy Point overlook. This off-road route was originally part of the Ute Indian Trail System, then later became a toll road for the Hip Roof Saw Mill at Windy Point. A sheep farmer then bought the land and herded sheep in the area. The old road system connected through the Flat Tops to distant towns such as Meeker and Yampa. Although the Mill and much of the old road system is long gone, the Transfer Trail remains.


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1. Glenwood Trailhead (0 mi)
Travel past the iron sign along the shelf road. From here the road is narrow with little passing.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Glenwood Springs trailhead: take I-70 west to exit 116 and follow North River Drive to turn left on 6th Street. Turn right on Traver Trail, then right on Transfer Trail. The trailhead is marked with a steel sign. North trailhead: Adams Lake Waypoint 3.



Trail Reviews (16)

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: John, the page is still not updated about 'OHV permit required'. Just wanted to bring it up again. Thank you.
–NICOLAS MATEUS (06/22/2021)
–John (06/22/2021)
Q: Just wondering how Colorado can charge for a trail permit on Federal land?
–Bruce Gordon (02/10/2021)
–John (02/10/2021)
Q: Later this summer, we like to take our Polaris UTV side-by-side on this trail. Is that allowed? If so, is there a place to park a truck w/ trailer on the Glenwood springs side? (actually two trucks each w/ a small trailer)
–Ernie Frey (07/02/2019)
–John (07/02/2019)

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John is a Colorado native who's been 4 wheeling since he got his first tacoma. His original goal of 4 wheeling was to get back into the campsites the Subarus couldn't quite get to. One trip after another, and now it's pretty much consumed all of his free time. He is currently living in Laporte, CO. When he is not coding for Trails Offroad or 4 wheeling, he also enjoys hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, and mountain biking.
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