Explore the most popular off road driving trails in Roosevelt 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.

off road driving
1 day ago

First half mile is the toughest, good scenery. Crystal Mountain Trail (at the end of Moody) is closed, but the Private Road back to Buckhorn gets you back without backtracking.

off road driving
10 days ago

Great views from the top ran it at night not too long ago and didn't find it particularly challenging. Lots of camping spots and offshoots to explore. Wish needle's eye was open though. Kinda sucks to get up there and not crossover.

off road driving
12 days ago

Amazing trail with some difficult sections. With good tire placement, no bypasses are needed.

good, medium hard trail for UTV's. nothing too crazy at all.

Fun trail for sure. Take all the side trails. Fun rocks to climb and a couple obstacles you actually have to look at taking the proper line. You need to walk a few hundred yards to get to the plane crash area. Pretty neat.

15 days ago

10-4-18 trail is blocked by a couple big trees that have fallen down. also right after the entrance somebody shot skeet and didnt bother to pick up at least 20 to 30 bright yellow shotgun shells. classy... :(

off road driving
16 days ago

Beautiful drive especially in the fall, but should not be rated easy...definitely moderate. Coming back down was much easier. We saw a Moose on the way up which was really cool! Only about 3 areas that were tricky. The entrance being the worst of it. Coming back down was much easier.

Fun, easy, forested trail with several good look out points over the river. Lots of sweet dogs and a few nice people. Went in late September and the Aspens were amazing!

good trail to take your jeep for a nice drive

off road driving
21 days ago

Nice trail. Definitely a bit challenging in some areas

Jeep xj 3.5 lift with 30s

off road driving
22 days ago

I drove Storm Mountain 128 and 153 with my girlfriend in her stock 17 Rubicon unlimited. It cleared all exposed rock obstacles. However, there is 1 section I did not chance on the end of the steep climb on 153. Only had 1 jeep and no winch. Other than that, it was a great time! I saw a couple other jeeps along the trail. The aspen are changing. I also saw several turkey with poults. Saw 1 yote on the trail. Good times, check this spot.

26 days ago

pretty enjoyable trail. Couple mostly easy beside the downhill at the back of that trail. I had a wheel up a time or two. You'll want a spotter and or armor underneath


4th gen 4runner 3in lift on 33s

off road driving
26 days ago

+great view at the top
+pleasant trail
+saw a huge moose

-only one challenging spot at the beginning

-app is not accurate for trailhead, I had to ask locals. you'll come to a 3 way stop in an opening near the end of where the app wants you to go. the app wants you to go left, but go right. roughly a quarter mile down the road you'll see a house on the left side of the road with a red(if I recall correctly) door and a hard left turn by the house, take the left. I wrote these directions from memory from 2 months ago, but I'm pretty confident that's right.

off road driving
26 days ago

Switzerland trail was not a challenge at all! we saw a mini van out here. look out for lots of pedestrians on foot and on their pedal bikes. IF you choose to go down Pennsylvania gultch, then make sure you have a good 4×4 and clearance. It is extremely tight and very challenging. stock jku Rubicon

off road driving
28 days ago

Had a Great day on Pole Hill. Not a ton of foliage but still great views. Ran in stock 2018 4 runner TRD off road. Some places where clearance was a bit of an issue but nothing I was unable to handle. Had a great spotter which made it possible. Glad I have a front skid plate.

off road driving
1 month ago

The trailhead is on private property and completely blocked off. The road up is an easy off-road trail. That’s what we recorded. Super bummed.

off road driving
1 month ago

Starts out as nice easy ride, but does get very difficult with large boulders and narrow rocky climbs!

The trail road to Camp Dick was a little hard to find coming from Lyons. Saw a large sign that said Camp Dick and thought to turn there, but there was a closed gate. The road is just a little further South on Hwy 72. The road is a one vehicle paved road, so be prepared to move over onto the side to allow other vehicles to pass. There were a lot of 4 WHL vehicles going up the trail and the hiking trail was hard to find. No maps or markers. Found a trail to the right of 4x4 road and followed it to the bridge, then a clear trail way to follow, but no markers. Overall a very easy trail to hike and going in has a light incline with lots of rocks and muddy areas, but shaded and pretty quiet. The waterfall isn't much to see since your up high on mountainside, but cool too listen too. Finished the trail and came back, easy hike down. My only complaint is there were several dog poop bags left on the side of trail! Come on Boulder, what's up with this? Also, dogs are supposed to be on leash and 95% weren't and spooked us and our puppy! They were good dogs though and not aggressive, so I guess that's ok. Overall, an easy hike and saw some young children, enjoyed the shade and secluded lunch by the river with my boyfriend and dog.

1 month ago

Went down just the mile trail to the reservoir due to a lot of dirt bikes being on main trail.

off road driving
1 month ago

it was fun until the road got to steep. I tried to do this in a can am 850 outlander but didn't make it to the end. ended up rolling the atv. it was still fun.

Let’s clear something up, this trail is barely moderate. There might be one small bump that would make it moderate, otherwise it’s a dirt road. What I love about this is it’s not taxing at all and the scenery is the best I’ve encountered so far. You can’t go up to the reservoir in your car, but you can walk there in a few minutes and it’s hands down my favorite place in the mountains so far. Great spot to get away.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes in this area of Colorado, thus far. Excellent trail getting you above tree line fairly quickly. A fairly long trek across the ridge, but with fantastic views all the way. Looking south from the peak was amazing and the climb down, though a bit steep in some spots, was reasonably marked and fairly easy to follow if you have the app loaded up with a recent track. I referenced the track a few times just to be sure we were moving in the right direction. We saw a bull moose as well coming down near tree line. Would absolutely do this one again when I'm in the area.

We only saw one other person on the trail, so safe to say this is very lightly trafficked and quiet.

off road driving
1 month ago

Pretty mellow trail. Good for people just starting to wheel. Jenny creek, although now rerouted, is a little more techy if your wanting a bit more of challenge. Took a bit for the snow to fully melt though.

camping
1 month ago

We were able to drive partially down the trail before selecting a campsite.
Hiked up a hill near the campsite then followed the trail down to the reservoir.
Saw bald eagle fly over moments before sunset.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great trail to start on and practice. This is the first trail I went on off-roading and have been back a number of times since.

From what I can see however, this map only shows about half of the trail.

I'd break it down into 3 sections:

1) The start the Peak To Peak highway to the old station clearing at the Sugarloaf Mountain side.

2) Station to Fourmile Canyon Drive (shown as the end on this map).

3) The trail continues on the other side of the road (marked by a blue sign saying alternative evacuation route) and up to gold hill road.
This section includes the Mount Alto picnic area.

As noted in other reviews there are a couple of other trails off here (Pennsylvania Gulch stands out as being the toughest of the bunch, it's very rocky in places and needs high clearance, 4 low to get through without issue, not really a trail for beginners. The others off of here are on par with the rest of this trail though)

They are very similar in difficulty, there's no big rocks and only a few narrow stretches.
You can generally find a place to pass really close, should you meet somebody coming the other way on one of these narrow places.
Most of it is wide enough for 2 to pass.

For me, not keen on heights at all, there are some places with quite the drop off the side of the trail.
The one springs to mind, is close to the Mount Alto Picnic area, where there is a large stone on the driver side of the trail that looks a little bit like a tree stump, though it's actually fairly wide.
Still it is not that scary, even for me, who has an issue with heights.

My fear of heights is something that off-roading in Colorado is helping me come to terms with! LOL :-)

I have seen 2wd cars on this trail, so it's a really good place to get used to your 4wd vehicle and off-roading in general.
This trail has been recommended as a starting trail by a number of different people and is very popular.

Airing down helps make the trail smoother, though I've done it without airing down (because I am a newbie!).
If you don't have a decent air compressor, there are 2 places in Nederland nearby you can air up at. The Gas station on the roundabout and the Kwik Mart across from it.


Note for the complete new starter to 4x4 offroading:

If you're still not sure you want to start with this one, do the Old Fall river road in Rocky Mountains National park about an hour north of this.
That's an unpaved road and really only needs 2wd, has some awesome views up in the Alpine Biome and it is a one way only road, so no need to worry about passing.
It's not listed on this site for some reason though.

off road driving
1 month ago

Excellent technical off roading. It's not crazy hard but at times you will absolutely need 4wd low, a short wheelbase and extra clearance and a narrow vehicle. I suspect full size trucks would have some real problems at times.
Started from the west side from Moon Gulch and headed east. First half is fairly easy and fun and then it suddenly gets some real attitude.
Some really fun rock crawling and a few places that either require a spotter or getting out and walking the trail to get a path. Lots of 4wd low and 1st going down rocky slopes.
Only reason I rate this a 4 is because there isn't a huge variety of scenery. It's pretty but it's all the same kind of pretty from beginning to end. For just technical off roading fun this trail is a hoot! Hard enough to make you feel like a hero, but not so hard that I ever worried about my Jeep.
99 TJ 33x12.5s, 3" lift, 4.56s and a Detroit rear differential.

off road driving
1 month ago

Pretty fun trail! Decided to take the truck up for her maiden off road trip, and she did great. The trail itself is more advanced than I had anticipated. I've been up the Mount Antero trail many times in other trucks, rated as "Moderate" like this one. This trail is far more advanced than the Antero trail. Scraped the skid plates and running boards a couple of times on this one. Awesome trail with amazing views though! Going again tomorrow with the family!

2013 F-150 SuperCrew, completely stock with exception of 295/70/17 tires.

1 month ago

Great hike overall! But do not go on the part of the trail marked 247D. This part of the trail is completely overgrown and very hard to find a path past all the fallen trees and tall grass. Everything else was a great challenge with a few beautiful vantage points (although not at the highest point in elevation, as you’d expect).

off road driving
1 month ago

Quite a scenic drive, nothing too taxing at all.

Most of this (if not all) is on flat ground with no nasty drops hundreds of feet, like say on the Switzerland trail nearby.

There is a steep hill between camp 6 and 7, but the road in general is not much tougher than an unpaved road.

off road driving
1 month ago

Pretty fun drive and not too technical. We couldn't do the end switchbacks as someone left their jeep parked across the road. This was my 1st ever off road drive, and ended up following a group of jeeps which was great. I would say no problem for beginners, just don't be afraid to take it slow. For what it's worth I have a lifted rubicon tj on 35's, but there were guys in stock jks rolling through no problem.

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