Explore the most popular off road driving trails in Arapaho National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Trail was in great shape. Parts of the trail were technical and def need a well equipped vehicle to make the boulder field and few other rock sections. First time on the trail and will make sure I hit it again the next time I’m in Denver! Drove a 2014 JKU with 3in rock krawler lift and 35’s.

Not for the faint of heart, or stock of vehicle. Very rutted and lots of loose rocks, but a good line, good spotter and the right tunes get you all over this mountain with a smile on your face. Lift and locker advised.

off road driving
3 days ago

Very easy trail, heavy foot traffic. A little bouncy, but good for any 4 wheel drive vehicle. We decided to hike to the upper lakes, and the views did not disappoint. This is a very good family outing!

off road driving
4 days ago

Been doing this trail for years. Rough and smooth riding at times. Continued to the Rockhouse via different trail. Take map, numerous trails intersect.

off road driving
5 days ago

Basic dirt road up, but head a bit further to Utah Hill and hit some of the forest roads off of Apex for more fun.

hiking
6 days ago

wasn't sure where Jones Pass started so we walked up where the cars were coming. I had my dogs off leash so we ended up taking Butch trail because we didn't know where Jones started and there were too many cars going up and down the road. it's nice and quiet. Please pick up your dog's poop before you ruin it for everyone.

went down in 2007 4runner 3inch lift and 33s. Landed on my exhuast on one part. Was alone so had to get off multiple time to make sure I didnt hit any of the fallen boulders in the middle of the road. 4runner didnt struggle just a lot of tight spots going over fallen debri.

off road driving
8 days ago

Nice trial! my first one..all ways easier on the way down..lol definitely a slow and bumpy trial! High clearance vehicle only.Lake was gorgeous well worth the trip. 2014 Xterra BFGTK 02 TIRES

off road driving
8 days ago

Fun trail that had a great mix of flat dirt road and some intense rocky uphill climbs (I went counter clockwise). I am newer to trails, but I am guessing that if my 2000 4Runner (3” lift and 33’s) was stock, I’d have some potential dings/damage underneath from one to three spots.

off road driving
10 days ago

Great little trail, one of my favorites so far. I have a 2016 JK Rubicon with 3.5" lift and 35's. Quite an easy one with a couple fun challenges. I only saw a couple people on the trail all day. Leaves are changing and it was just a beautiful ride. Not very rocky at all. Didn't even air down.

Nice and shady but also not busy at all

off road driving
10 days ago

4 runner TRD off road stock. 1.6 miles in from the start of the trail head is a very narrow section where a boulder had fallen. Some rocks are stacked up to go over it. If i had sliders and a co pilot that was more willing to stack rocks and guide me over it I would of gone all the way. Instead backed down and turned around. I'll be back once i get a lift and some other upgrades. Stock vehicles with high clearance I believe could make this just would take a lot guiding and maybe a few scratches or dings, not willing to take the risk in a new ride. Regardless the first 2 miles are a gorgeous view and was awesome getting out.

off road driving
11 days ago

Drove this trail in a stock tired old GMC Jimmy and kinda got hooked on off-roading. This trail is easy and has a few great views. About a week after this trip I did a full suspension rebuild for my Jimmy and lifted it 2.5 inches. Super excited to hit more trails.

scenic driving
14 days ago

Would recommend this to anyone able to drive the trails with decent clearance and four wheel (although we didn't need it much) We jeeped it, very gorgeous views, also getting out and hiking around with our dogs @thecoloradogs was a blast and they enjoyed everybit of it. Give us a follow on Instagram and check out some of our adventures, maybe it'll help ya choose your next trip!

off road driving
16 days ago

Super fun trail with some good obstacles but nothing crazy. Its a little tougher to run it the way it says here, but if you’re confident in your driving most stock vehicles with 4x4 and good clearance shouldn’t have any trouble. Otherwise just run it taking a right at the first fork. Most of the camping is on that side of the loop as well.
2018 tacoma off-road stock.

17 days ago

Oh my god was this underwhelming. A few dots are pretty but not something I would do again

off road driving
18 days ago

Great trail, good for beginning off road drivers.

off road driving
18 days ago

Fun trail with some challenging obstacles. We had light rain at the first big obstacle, so winching was necessary for both of us. The Rock Garden was aptly named, and was a lot of fun to go through. The added bonus of the Aspens starting to change colors made it a great day. Bring your lockers and some ground clearance for this one.

Fun Drive, some tricky parts, aspens everywhere, beautiful views!

short easy trail for off roading. beautiful sites.

off road driving
19 days ago

This trail did not disappoint! The path to get there is pretty rocky but our '99 4Runner did it, no problem. I would not recommend this to any vehicle smaller than an suv (like a subaru crosstrek or anything).
Once you reach the lake, it's an incredible view with a couple paths to hike up.
I would definitely go again and would recommend 10/10 for a nice day trip.

off road driving
21 days ago

Unfortunately I didn’t find the access point to this trail. I was in the exact spot the map shows here above in the bio and I followed it. It looked like private property and it turned out to be private property. I’m giving it 1 star because the GPS/directions need to be updated. Looked like a run trail to hit too, darn it.

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail with moderate/ steady incline. Definitely try to get there early as the jeeps and other 4x4 vehicles start to take over the road. Great views and a very pretty lake at the top. Even a few wildflowers left today!

off road driving
21 days ago

This use to be a nice trail to take beginners but over the last few years, so many ATVs go there its gotten very over crowed, then you got the ATVs that think this trail is a race track, we even watched, as one doing donuts rolled is new ATV lol.. 3 other groups watched as he rolled not one person helped,, they was being stupid, and it cost them....
I wished the Forest service would patrol this area before someone gets really hurt.

The hike in was really just a 4x4 road, if you don't have a raised vehicle you will be walking along the road. I have a Subaru Crosstrek and it did not make it past the first rut. The lake was gorgeous but there were quite a few people up there but if you hike to the upper lakes it's well worth it, I was the only one up there. Lost a star because I don't enjoy hiking along with vehicles, not super secluded.

Great quiet trail, lots of interesting rocks if you look closely. We saw a few campers off the road in little pull offs and a really sweet cabin in a clearing (remember: no trespassing). The dogs loved it, too

off road driving
23 days ago

Fun drive up a boulder strewn 2 track. Minus 1 star because its not exactly secluded. Lots of hikers and other drivers on a sunny August Saturday afternoon.

hiking
24 days ago

The hike: Great hiking once you get to the lake. We went up to Ohman lake and I highly recommend it. So much fun just exploring around

The drive: pretty bumpy road. The only tough spot is near the beginning and is quite the rut. Took me 3 tries to do it in my tacoma but after that it’s a pretty standard 4x4 road. Saw some people in a Ford Escape bottom out and almost didn’t make it. But! If you have the vehicle I recommend driving up there!

off road driving
24 days ago

Its a fun, no pressure drive. Beautiful views and a few camping spots. I got lost and ended up at a long dead end and had to go all the way back, so planning and paying attention are important to do the loop. Well worth a casual day, but not much of a challenge. Some of the trails are tight in the trees. Bigger trucks will get some scratching. Big lifted trucks wont get through some places but theres plenty other ways to go.

I was a little disappointed in this trail. the rating of "moderate" is not very accurate. I completed the entire loop and didnt even have to use 4 wheel drive. I would consider this trail to be very easy.. so easy that Im positive that a Subaru sedan could easily navigate the entire loop without issues. This trail is perfect for a "mall crawler" wrangler.. just enough dust to get the tires dirty and the trail is wide enough to not to put a scratch on your fenders. If you are looking for a challenge I would consider a completely different trail system. With that being said I would recommend this trail to anyone who is driving a stock truck or SUV and wants to drive over a few rocks. There are a few gorgeous views with several camping spots along the loop if youre looking to stay the night.

Jeep Wrangler TJ
4" Lift on 33s

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