Touring and 4X4

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


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

Shelf Rd was a very scenic canyon drive

Shelf Road (9,494′), Royal Gorge

Shelf Road Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway is a dirt road easily passable with 2WD vehicles in good weather ...
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The 12,000' Flat Tops

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

Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway, County Road 8, runs through the northern portion of the Flat Tops Wilderness. Flat Tops ...
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Sandstone formations in Cathedral Valley

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

Garden of the Gods 480 acre park is geologically unique, having one of the most complete and complex exposures of ...
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Conditions at the summit

Mt Evans (14,264′), Front Range

Mt Evans can be accessed via the highest paved road in North America, reaching an elevation of 14,130'. The Mount ...
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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.”

Hayden Pass Road near Villa Grove on the west side

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

Hayden Pass road crosses the Sangre De Cristo Mountains between Villa Grove in the west and Coaldale to the east ...
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Mirror Lake lies on the north side of Tincup Pass

Tincup Pass (12,154′), Sawatch Range

The 4x4 road over Tincup Pass is rugged and slow going because of all the rocks and ledges, but the ...
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View of Cronin Peak (13,870') from the west side of Mt Antero

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

Mt Antero is one of only a handful of 14,000' peaks that has a road that travels to within a ...
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View of Hurricane Peak rising above CR10

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

The National Water and Climate Center reported that the SWE (snow water equivalent) for the San Juan Mountains in May ...
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