Bunce School Road
GPS: N40 07.907 W105 30.546
(Coordinates For Trail Head)
Bunce School Road is a unique set of Colorado trails west of Longmont that provides adventurers with many different routes that can make for a full day of riding. This area is rich in history and offers visitors great camping and interesting stops along the way. Points of interest include the historic Bunce School building and a T33-A plane crash dating back to 1965. The Ironclads route offers rock climbing and a challenge for even the most experienced driver. Be aware that the Ironclads route ends at private property.
From Raymond drive south out of town on Riverside Dr toward CO-72 W aka Peak to Peak Highway and continue approximately 1.0 miles to Peak to Peak Highway. Turn left on to CO-72 E (aka Peak to Peak Hwy) and continue approximately 2.0 miles to CO-92. Turn right at CO-92 and continue approximately 0.3 miles to trail head.
Middle Saint Vrain
GPS: N40 07.790 W105 31.430
(Coordinates For Trail Head )
The Middle Saint Vrain and Coney Creek trails are located close to the Denver metro area and on the edge of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. These challenging 4x4 routes offer big rocks and deep creek crossings which provide many challenges for experienced drivers.
Most people run the difficult Middle Saint Vrain four-wheel drive trail (FDR114) from east to west then connect it with the Coney Creek trail (FDR507) to form an 8.5 mile trip. Either trail can be run as an out and back too.
The Coney Creek water crossing is tough for ATVs and motorcycles due to its depth and length. Motorized vehicles are not permitted to use the boardwalks to cross Coney Creek. The Middle Saint Vrain trailhead has more trailer parking available than at the Coney Creek trailhead.
Both trails are considered intermediate to difficult trails. The Middle Saint Vrain trail rates a 7 out of 10 and the Coney Creek trail rates a 6 out of 10 on the Colorado Association of 4WD Club's rating scale. Both trails are closed from late October through late June or early July.
To find these Colorado trails from Estes Park proceed south on St. Vrain Ave (CO-7) about 19 miles. Turn right on CO-72, Peak to Peak Highway. Continue about 4 miles. Turn right on to Peaceful Valley Rd. Follow about 1 mile to trail head
From Lyons proceed north on St. Vrain Ave (CO-7) about 14 miles. Turn left on CO-72, Peak to Peak Highway. Continue about 4 miles. Turn right on to Peaceful Valley Rd. Follow about 1 mile to trail head.
From Boulder proceed west on Boulder Canyon Dr (CO-119) about 15 miles. At traffic circle, take 2nd exit onto CO-72 (Peak to Peak Hwy). Continue approx. 17 miles north. Turn left at Peaceful Valley Rd. Follow about 1 mile to trail head.
Lefthand Canyon OHV Area
These Colorado trails are located a few miles northwest of Boulder. This OHV area provides numerous 4x4 and single-track trails with varying degrees of difficulty. The Fireman Hill route takes you up to the ridge summit where you can look back on the Front Range and downtown Boulder.
To find these Colorado trails from Boulder take US-36 4 miles north. Turn west on Left Hand Canyon Dr. Continue 3.7 miles to trail head on north side of the road. There is a limited parking area for trailers off of Left Hand Canyon Drive.
GPS: N40 40.957 W105 28.980
Kelly Flats is notorious for Heart Attack Hill which is an extremely steep and rocky climb near the beginning of the trail. These Colorado trails can range from mild to wild with unintentional rollovers and dismounts a real risk. Heart Attack Hill is loose, rocky and steep with some concrete at the steepest part towards the top. The Heart Attack Hill alternate route has several steep sections and is more narrow but only slightly more easy. The remainder of the Kelly Flats Road is easy and very scenic. These trails require moderate to advanced driving or riding skill to travel safely.
Moody Hill / Crystal Mountain
GPS:N40 34.263 W105 20.894
If you like adventure you’ll love these Colorado trails. Just 200 yards up Moody Hill you’ll encounter the first major obstacle which is a large shelf step that requires a high clearance 4x4. Lockers are required when conditions are wet. Once past the first obstacle the trail becomes less difficult but don’t let your guard down. There are plenty of other rocks, ledges and steps to test drivers and spotters alike. As you near the Crystal Mountain end the trail narrows and the tree are at the edge of the trail. Wider vehicles run the risk of damage from low hanging tree branches. Alternative trail-heads are at the Buckhorn Ranger Station (N40° 34.867' W105° 28.158') and Donner Pass Trail-head (N40° 33.337' W105° 28.3').
To find these Colorado trails from Masonville proceed north on County Road 27 (Stove Prairie Road) 11 miles to the fork for Buckhorn Road. Turn left and proceed 1.5 miles to the Moody Hill (513) trail head on the left side of the road. To find these Colorado trails from Fort Collins continue on County Road 54G from US 287 into Laporte. Turn left at County Road 52E (Tobe Miller Lane). Continue on CR52E which turns into Rist Canyon Road for 11 miles. Turn South on CR27 (Stove Prairie Road) and continue 4 miles to the intersection with Buckhorn Road. Turn right and proceed 1.5 miles to the Moody Hill (513) trail head on the left side of the road.