Tincup Pass 4x4 Road

MODERATE 6 reviews

Tincup Pass 4x4 Road is a 13 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Almont, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

13.0 miles
2135 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving



wild flowers


Beautiful 12,154-ft. pass road between historic, quaint mountain towns Overview A beautiful high-elevation route starting and ending at historic, quaint mountain towns. St. Elmo is one of the most popular ghost towns in Colorado. It has a few active businesses, including a general store and ATV rental. Tincup is a small residential community with many century-old buildings. Active businesses include the Tincup Store and Frenchie's Cafe. Located in Gunnison and San Isabel National Forest. For current conditions call Salida Ranger District (719) 539-3591. Rocky at the top with one short section of narrow shelf road at 12,000 feet that often remains snow covered into early July. After the snow clears, this trail is suitable for any high-clearance, 4-wheel-drive SUV with low-range gearing. St. Elmo can be reached by car. The optional "Old Tincup" route has one difficult rocky section.

off road driving
11 days ago

Took St Elmo to Tincup last week. Very very scenic drive. Somewhat crowded with jeeps and UTVs. The road is pretty rough from the beginning and it is slow going. Most of the trail is pretty easy but there are large rocks to watch out for. There are also a couple of alternate routes that would make for more difficulty and excitement. I was in a 2014 tundra and made ever obstacle without trouble. I wouldn't rate this trail as moderate. Anything 4x4 with a semi decent driver should make it just fine.

off road driving
1 month ago

St. Elmo to the top of Tincup pass is a rough road and crowded, but pretty easy for the most part. The road however,from the top of the pass to Tincup becomes a trail with large rocks, narrow shelf, and a much more difficult trip. For this section a locking rear differential, high clearance, and off road tires are a must. The ATV's did fine and there are a lot of them, which adds to the difficulty in finding the right pathway. The 4x4 book written in 2009 listed this route as a 3, I think it is now a solid 4 and a 5 in sections. The scenery is beautiful if you can take your eyes of the road----lol

off road driving
2 months ago

2 months ago

loved it has a child

off road driving
3 months ago

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Beautiful trail from St Elmo up to pass. Saw moose in meadows along the road. After pass the path ceases to be a road but a rocky area with no defined borders. Crazy! Then road reappears and nice trip into lake and finally Tincup. Portions not for the faint of heart!