Colorado has some awesome places to take your rig off-road. We’ve already shared with you some of our favorite off-road trails in Larimer and Boulder, so now it’s time to give you some tips on where you can take your 4×4 in Park County. We recommend these trails if you’re looking at doing some exploring with your rig.
Beaver Creek Road
Skill Level: Easy
Trail Length: 8.67 Miles
Nearby Towns: Grant
Elevation: 9,600 to 10,615 feet
Beaver Creek is a moderately easy trail for anyone looking to do some exploring in Colorado beyond the main roads. A great trail for sightseeing and photography, this trail doesn’t really serve a purpose other than providing a nice passage for the adventurous explorer.
The Beaver Creek trail starts at the south end of Webster Pass at a sign next to a private lake. Follow the forest service arrows to navigate your way through a brief residential area to find the trail. It starts as a fairly bumpy trail with some interesting rock formations. Once you follow the path and hit your first intersection, turn right to follow North Beaver Creek, or left to follow Beaver Creek.
- Beaver Ridge
Skill Level: Easy-Moderate
Trail Length: 15.6 Miles
Nearby Towns: Alma, Fairplay
Elevation: 10,340 to 12,050 feet
Beaver Ridge is a high elevation trail with a lot to offer. It’s a great trail for the beginner looking to get a little mud on the tires, or the experienced crawler looking for some practice. The trail is located next to an active mine, so the trail conditions could change at any time depending on if the mine workers need to shut down certain parts of the trail.
The start of the trail is a series of switchbacks with loose rocks, which can make it challenging, especially if it has rained recently. If you’re concerned about this hill, you can travel in the other direction. When you get to the top of the ridge you’ll come into an open area with an option to go east or continue straight. We recommend that you travel north through High Park to see some great scenery including Montgomery Reservoir across the valley. If you keep following the trail it will eventually dead-end, where you will have room to turn around. On the way back through the trail you passed, you will see a “Y” intersection where you can follow forest service road 659 which will take you on the second part of the trail. This second half if lower in elevation and brings you through some open areas and some fun offroad challenges.
- Breakneck Pass
Skill Level: Medium
Trail Length: 13.2 miles
Nearby Towns: Fairplay
Elevation: 9,745 to 11,430 feet
Breakneck pass starts as a well-marked road just inside the east end of the Weston Pass trail; you’ll pass through a residential area before the road becomes rough. The climb to breakneck pass is fairly easy and when you arrive at the pass you will see a 4-way intersection. Keep going straight to stay on the main trail if you want to take the “puddle spur” or turn right on service road 426 to take an alternate route.
If you continue on the main trail, you’ll wind through trees on a descent down to Sheep park where you will find Sheep Creek and the “puddle spur”. Here you’ll find many muddy puddles and muddy sections to drive through. When you return back to the trail, you will have the option to go onto forest service road 426 or forest service road 175 to go to Browns Pass.
- China Wall
Skill Level: Challenging
Trail Length: 6.6 Miles
Nearby Towns: Tarryall
Elevation: 8,300 to 9,000 feet
The China Wall trail is between the Tarryall Mountains and Puma Hills, south of Jefferson on Highway 285 and northwest of Woodland Park. It’s not a long trail and there are few trails nearby, but it’s a fun trail to explore, which requires some skill and a built 4×4 with a variety of 4 wheel parts to tackle.
Start at Forest Road 212 and stay on the main trail which will come to a fork in the road after you start your ascend. Take either fork up, but the right is a bit more challenging. Once you get over the first hill, you’ll come to another major fork in the road. Continue on Forest Road 212.
Soon you’ll find some fun challenges for your rig, including a large pile of rocks that will test your skills. If you continue along the road, you’ll find plenty of fun obstacles to explore and scenery to take in.
Before taking your vehicle offroad, make sure to visit your 4×4 mechanic for a full inspection and 4×4 service. Make sure all aftermarket parts and truck parts are installed correctly, and always try to use the buddy system on your journey.