Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions, U.S. Forest Service-Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland is temporarily closing all National Forest land in Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer counties. The decision to be re-evaluated daily. SEE CLOSURE ORDER

Stillwater Pass

Granby, Colorado (Grand County)

Last Updated: 10/16/2020
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status: Temporary Closure
Typically Open: 06/15 - 11/15
Length: 19.6 miles
Highest Elevation: 10679 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Granby
Nearest Town w/ Services: Granby
Official Road Name: 123
Management Agency: Arapaho National Forest
District: Sulphur Ranger District
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Highlight: Stillwater Pass
Stillwater Pass is an easily accessible route that connects Granby to Highway 125. As you gain elevation, you will be awarded with beautiful views from the roadside of the peaks in the distance as well as the roadside wildflowers and wildlife. The area is a very popular OHV area and has many recreational trails along the entire route including the most popular; the Lost Lake Trail. For most of the trail, you will be near rivers and creeks, and there is a lot of wildlife in the area. There is evidence of black bear, moose, elk and deer in the area and I saw three moose the last time I was in the area. At the bottom of the west side of the pass, the Vagabond Ranch is located at Waypoint 21. The area near the Vagabond Ranch was a hunting ground for the Ute and Arapahoe Indiands. At the conflux of Bill Creek and Willow Creek is said to be a sacred ground for the Ute Indians. In the 1800's, the site was used as a stagecoach stop on the route from North Park, WY to Middle Park, CO. There are remains from Gilsonite mining in the area, and the Gilsonite Trail was perhaps the route that the miners used to go to and from the mines.



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1. East Trailhead (0 mi)
Intersection of NFSR 123 going east/west, and NFSR 120 going northwest. Go west on NFSR 123 to begin the trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 40.225616, -105.890495

Starting Point: Lake Granby

East Trailhead (Lake Granby) There is a parking lot at Waypoint 2 which is just after the trailhead that is an ideal location to gather a group. There are two pit toilets and informational kiosks by the parking lot. From the south near Granby at the intersetion of US 40 and US 34, travel north on US 34 for 9.4 miles. You will see a brown road sign for Stillwater Pass. Turn left/west onto County Highway 4 and continue for 3 miles. Take the split to the left/west and this is the trailhead. From the north near Rocky Mountain National Forest at the intersetion of US 34 and Street 5 (north side of Shadow Mountain Lake), travel south on US 34 for 5 miles. You will see a brown road sign for Stillwater Pass. Turn right/west onto County Highway 4 and continue for 3 miles. Take the split to the left/west and this is the trailhead. West Trailhead There is a small parking area to gather a group just after you turn onto the trail with an informational kiosk. From the south near Windy Gap Reservoir at the intersection of US 40 and Colorado Highway 125, travel north on Colorado Highway 125 for 16.9 miles. Turn right/east onto County Highway 4, NFSR 123 and the trail begins. From the north near Rand, travel south on Colorado Highway 125 for 14.6 miles. Turn left/east onto County Highway 4, NFSR 123 and the trail begins.



Trail Reviews (7)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
As a result of the East Troublesome Fire, Forest Order MBRNF-PRD-2020-290 and ARP-SRD-2020-10 have temporarily closed this trail. Find details here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/arp/alerts-notices/?aid=62710

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Did this trail from west to East (125 to 34) in the evening and saw 8 moose in a clearing right near the pass! Incredible! Very easy trail and a great way to spend a couple hours ;)

Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
There were probably a couple of hundred people camped all along the road right up to the parking lot. But the trail is still closed. The gates are locked.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
We camped at one of the designated spots a mile in on the left with pit toilets. Nice drive over the pass in the morning. Suitable for any stock suv or crossover.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
A relaxing road through the mountains. Pretty well maintained with a lot of camping areas along the way.

Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
The road is closed less than 5 miles in.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Did this trail from the east side up to Camway Trail. It was a Sunday around noon but the campgrounds were all still packed with tent campers, trailers and cars. The road was clear and easy all the way up to Camway Trail. We let off a couple rounds and ate lunch before heading home to Denver to sit in 5 hours of traffic due to a collision on I-70.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Staying at Granby Ranch next week have UTV and was going to ride this area. Is this what you would recommend? We like to watch wildlife.
–Steven Landgraf (08/06/2019)
–Ryan Boudreau (08/06/2019)

Writer Information

Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Hi, I'm Ryan! I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion". I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure. My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others. If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.
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