Touring and 4X4

Below is a new and growing collection of scenic touring and 4X4 trail reports, traveling through the beautiful Colorado landscape.

Touring

For the sake of this website, touring refers to roads that are suitable for all types of vehicles in good weather, and are usually paved.

Fourmile Creek carved the deep canyon Shelf Rd follows

Shelf Road (9,494′), Fourmile Canyon

Shelf Road (9,494'), Fourmile CanyonShelf Road Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway is a dirt road passable with a 2WD ...
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Beautiful sunset over the Flat Tops

Flat Tops Scenic Byway (10,343′), Flat Tops

Flat Tops Scenic Byway (10,343)Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway (County Road 8), runs through the northern portion of the Flat ...
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Cathedral Valley sandstone formations

Garden of the Gods (6,400′) Front Range

Garden of the Gods (6,400'), Front Range Garden of the Gods is a geologically unique 480 acre park, having one of ...
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Paved road

Mt Evans (14,264′), Front Range

Mt Evans (14,264'), Front RangeMt Evans can be accessed via the highest paved road in North America, reaching an elevation ...
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4×4

In order to get a sense of how difficult a trail is, never use pictures as your guide, they are always misleading. This site uses 4 difficulty levels to loosely rate each 4×4 trail included in the trip reports at the time it was traveled. Due to the nature of these trails, difficulty can increase without warning. None of the trails on this site exceeded a Difficult rating.

EASY – Good choice for beginners. Gravel or natural surface roads with small obstacles

MODERATE – Typically natural surface with no maintenance except for erosion control. Small to moderate obstacles that can usually be avoided. Driver with experience is needed to do this in a stock vehicle.

DIFFICULT – Natural surface with no maintenance except for erosion control. Moderate obstacles requiring you to pick a safe path. Modified vehicle and experienced driver recommended.

EXTREME – Roads with large obstacles. Experienced drivers and modified vehicles required. Vehicle most likely will sustain damage.

While travelling the beautiful trails stay safe and remember “As slow as possible, as fast as necessary.”

Crossing the Rio Grande River headwaters

Stony Pass (12,592′), San Juan Range

Stony Pass (12,592'), San Juan Range Stony Pass Rd crosses the Continental Divide and follows small streams that make up ...
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Hayden Pass Road near Villa Grove on the west side

Hayden Pass (10,709′), Sangre de Cristo Range

Hayden Pass (10,709'), Sangre de Cristo RangeHayden Pass road crosses the Sangre de Cristo Mountains between Villa Grove in the ...
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Mirror Lake lies on the north side of Tincup Pass

Tincup Pass (12,154′), Sawatch Range

Tincup Pass (12,154'), Sawatch RangeTincup Pass gets its name from prospector Jim Taylor, who in 1860 brought his gold strike ...
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Road 277 winding up the side of Mt Antero

Mt Antero (14,269′) and Mt White (13,667′), Sawatch Range

Mt Antero (14,269′) and Mt White (13,667′), Sawatch RangeMt Antero is one of only a handful of 14,000' peaks that has ...
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15'-20' walls of snow through snow drifts

Hurricane Pass (12,730′) and California Pass (12,960′), San Juan Range

Hurricane Pass (12,730') & California Pass (12,960'), San Juan Range The National Water and Climate Center reported that the SWE ...
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