Apex Road

This is a great backroad to the top of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Total Miles

11

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Elevation
10,500'
Duration
1 to 2 Hours
Technical Rating
2 / 10
Best Time
Summer - Fall

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
Apex Road
There is a lot of history along this easy, backcountry drive. You'll be able to see four old cemeteries, and several historic structures in Apex, an old mining camp and ghost town. The route offers access to many other fun trails, and unlicensed vehicles are allowed on some sections. Open all year.
History
Apex was founded in 1891, several decades after the larger towns of Central City, Black Hawk and Nevadaville. Since Apex was closer to the mines, it could provide some services more conveniently. The town reached its peak population of about 1,000 people around 1896. At that time there were 20 to 30 buildings consisting of two hotels, a dance hall, several churches, a school and a newspaper.
Getting There
From Eureka and Main Street in Central City, head northwest uphill on Eureka Street 1.2 miles to the intersection of Bald Mountain Road and Upper Apex Road.
Contact for Current Conditions
Arapaho N.F.
Clear Creek R.D.
(303) 567-3000