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Deadman Road is a 22.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 22.9 mi Elevation gain 2,739 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Scenic driving

Bird watching

Ohv / off road driving

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Most of this road can be done in 2-wheel drive, except during adverse weather conditions. Deadman Road is a major county road that provides access to many OHV roads in the Red Feather Lakes area. Unlicensed vehicles cannot ride on the road, but much free camping is available, so people tow in and camp near their favorite OHV trail. The road is closed in the winter from Dec. 1 through June 14. Located in Roosevelt National Forest. For current conditions call Canyon Lakes Ranger District (970) 295-6700. Wide, dusty and rocky in places, but generally traffic moves swiftly. Intermittent road damage is very common until the road dries out, usually by midsummer.

For current conditions call Canyon Lakes Ranger District (970) 295-6700.

Take short side trip to Deadman Fire Lookout Tower, open to the public on weekends from 10-4 in the summertime. It's not necessary to drive all the way to the end of Deadman Road to enjoy it. Usually people are headed for their favorite camp spot or parking spot to ride unlicensed vehicles on a vast network of roads that depart from Deadman Road. Trail conditions can change without notice.

Directions from Glenwood Springs: Follow Highway 82 east from Glenwood Springs for three miles. Take a left onto Red Canyon Road (County Road #115). Go 2 1/2 miles and take a left into an open area and past a gravel pit. Travel two miles and take a right on to a rough four-wheel drive road that winds up the hill. CAUTION: this road is impassable when wet! The road is also extremely narrow, with scrub oak hanging into the road which will scratch wider vehicles. After going 4 1/2 miles, there is a parking area with a trail register near the entrance of the cave. There are no facilities at this site.

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Michelle Peroutka
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Even though this 22 mile route comes up as OHV permissible this is a jeep road only. Took our dirtbikes up here only to find out there were just smaller trails off of this Deadmans road. Nothing on alltralis showed the trails that were dirtbike permissible so we had to just take guesses and keep exploring for a trail pole that stated dirtbike friendly. Also, fire ban was in affect 2 days ago even though online showed this county possibly not having one.

Christian Baughman
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OHV/Off Road Driving

easy route. takes some time though

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OHV/Off Road DrivingClosed

We headed to Deadman to survey the area and 'recon' camping sites for later in the Summer. Unfortunately , the road was closed to motor traffic just past Fire Route 502. What we did see was an easy (2WD Passible) road that was fairly heavily trafficked. We had luck finding a few spots to camp on side routes 90% which were accessible by stock 4x4 grocery getters (no offense intended) and higher clearance 2WD. Will head back later in the year to check out the rest of the road.

J Case
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Easy road great scenery. It is a longer road than I thought. We went up to the tower, it was pretty windy, but that is to be expected as it’s at the top of a mountain. Lots of logging going on up by the tower. Saw a couple deer on the way down. Fun trail.

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Amanda M.
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Easy trail. Good views. Long trail, and some areas are tight. So if you encounter traffic try to remember areas that are large enough to pass.

Melissa Hallett
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Off trail

Nice road with beautiful views. Looks like plenty of camping along the road. Fire Tower was a lot of fun.

Amy Norton
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Hiking

The turn off from 74E is not marked County Road 162 it is Larimer County 86, it is marked Deadman Road at a cross street sign where a Catholic Church is. I pulled off Deadman Rd. and parked adjacent to Fire Road 309. I hiked about 35 minutes up the four wheel drive access road. It was an absolutely beautiful steep hike with free camping sites off to both sides.

Adam Eccher
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Went up and down Trails 501.3 and 309 which are well established trails for vehicles equipped with ground height; Would think any SUV or Outback can get up the trail without scrapping, go slow over the water bars and take your time with the few rock scrambles. Each of these trails have campsites with pits and check with local/county fire restrictions. These are before the gate and this section of road has plenty of spots for (cars) camping without needing to go "off road".

Rick Kelly
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Great, need 2 flashlights for safety!

Caleb Hollingsworth
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Todd Hodges
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Shay Gorman
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Todd Hodges
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OHV/Off Road Driving
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