Chinaman Gulch and Carnage Canyon OHV Trail

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Buena Vista, Colorado

Chinaman Gulch and Carnage Canyon OHV Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Buena Vista, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for ohv/off road driving and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length7.9 miElevation gain1,601 ftRoute typeLoop
ohv / off road drivingDog friendlyForestViewsWildlifeRocky
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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 Cañon City at 719-269-8500. 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.

For current conditions call the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office in Cañon City at 719-269-8500.

Narrow canyon can get hot in the summer. Take lots of water and sun protection. Trail remains open all year increasing difficultly in the winter if snow is present. Always travel with at least one or two other vehicles. A popular trail for large groups. Allow plenty of time since delays at obstacles are common. Trail conditions can change without notice. FunTreks, Inc. and its owner and employees are not responsible for injury, death, or vehicle damage as a result of using this guide. The content of this guide is the property of FunTreks, Inc. and is made available to the user pursuant to EveryTrail's Terms of Service (http://www.everytrail.com/tos.php).

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Blake Melcher
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OHV/Off-road drivingRocky

We ran Chinaman on Sat 11/21 in my 2019 RZR XP 4 Turbo S Velocity. Being daylight savings time and the duration it took us to get there from Denver we started about 2:00. It was the dogs first taste and had precious cargo so we took it slow with the obstacles starting right quick. I would like to run this trail again in the summer with more daylight. We made it to the Wailtail and proceeded up and back from there. The one spot on the initial long climb in I'd call a tight s turn with large Boulder(s)climb presented the greatest challenge. I think it was due to the width of the wide body RZR and prob the experience level I have at this point with the machine. Theres just not much room for error and with a good confident spotter you should have no prob. Definitely would recommend augmented vehicles with lift and frt locker would certainly help. Stock would be dicey with good experience but you would most likely come out with some bumps and bruises. Great trail with amazing scenery!

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Dan User
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Lyn Silvers
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Russell Sharp
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

Ran Chinaman Gulch as a solo run in a Jeep JK on 3.5" lift and 37s. I'd watched a video series of this entire trail and was totally comfortable going alone. The initial climb up to the Carnage Canyon exit was a nice stretch and could be challenging for some. Once back to the loop things smooth out and it's a great drive with a couple obstacles. FunTreks put this trail at 2-4 hrs. Moving at a swift pace with nobody to slow me down I completed the trail in 2 hrs flat with 2 very short breaks along the way. Coming back down you get a great view of the mountains to the west.

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Christian Baughman
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OHV/Off-road driving

did chinamens in a xj on 2 inch's of lift and 31s. some pretty gnarly obstacles. long drive from Greeley but totally worth it.

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Dustin Warpath
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OHV/Off-road drivingRocky

Took a stock rzr1000 on this trail did everything on the trail without any issues at all. Carnage canyon, is doable if you like extreme stuff we did it in a rzr xp1000 with 35” tires and portal axles. Had to winch one time on the v notch section.

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Justin Collins
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My brother and I hiked this trail today and completed it in about 3 1/2 hours. It was a good exercise for us, as the trail has several steep climbs and descents. We’re fairly athletic and based in KC. Trail conditions were good. The trail was well-travelled and offered several opportunities to climb rocks to get beautiful vistas. I frequently found trash and parts from Jeeps on the trail.

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Emily Noelle
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Short and sweet for the properly equipped vehicle. Good times

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Dustin Forbis
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Rocky

great trail with some technical stuff on it. allows you to see what your rig can really do.

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Jason Gonsalves
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great time for anyone who wants to put their rig to the test!

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Lou W
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Did Chinaman Gulch about a year ago in an 80 series land cruiser w/ 35's. Was a great, fun trail.

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Brian Shaw
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OHV/Off-road driving

First time on the trail. Great views. Went in mid December, with very little traffic!

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Michael Lackie
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Great trail, with some good challenges throughout will definitely do it again.

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Brent Fitch
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OHV/Off-road driving

this trail was a blast! came up for the Set them Free fundraiser 2017 and had a blast! I just put gears and lockers in my TJ and definitely put them to use! my jeep is on 4" with 35s though we did have a guy on 3" with 33s and open diffs and still did good! one of the best I've done and definitely coming back! but this time with rock sliders so I can add some of the harder obstacles to my list like the rock pile.

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John Quinn
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It would be really fun and your jeep but it's not really a walking trail.

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Chase Brooks
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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.

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Melissa Nutter
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David Kenney
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Terri P
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Anthony Hatzenbuehler
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Keenan Taggart
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Travis Wales
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Robert Quinn
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Craig Heller
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Travis Wales
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John McCabe
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Keenan Taggart
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Jesse Huset
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Robert Reeves
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Rich & Teresa B
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