Chinaman Gulch and Carnage Canyon

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Chinaman Gulch and Carnage Canyon is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Buena Vista, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.1 miles 1604 feet Loop

dog friendly



nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

trail running




wild flowers



Popular hard-core route open all year One of the most popular motorized recreation trails in Colorado for both licensed and unlicensed vehicles. Minimal snow and close proximity to the front range makes it a popular winter destination. If you continue east past the parking area, you'll find the entrance to Carnage Canyon, a nationally recognized extreme trail. Stay on established routes at all times. Located on BLM land. For current conditions call the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office in Salida at (719) 539-7289. Narrow and sandy with isolated rock obstacles, some with bypasses. Best suited for modified vehicles with larger tires, lockers and skid plates. Some aggressive stock SUVs can manage this trail with an experienced driver and a good spotter, however, body damage is possible. Optional Carnage Canyon is extreme and for highly modified vehicles only.

4 years ago

Left Denver at around 11am and completed the trail by around 4. Great time and tough trail. I have a stock rubicon and had no trouble. Dents and dings.... I now have a few. Ready to hit the trail again after I install my lift and 37s.