16 Road, Coal Gulch

Beautiful, windy canyon with option to watch drivers finish 21 Road.

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3 to 4

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Trail Overview

Take this trail through a beautiful, winding canyon. Early on, you will have the option to continue straight to an overlook, or take a left and view the end of the extreme 21 Road trail. Watch the most experienced riders navigate the challenging obstacles. This is a very hot trail in the summer so bring water and plan accordingly. Open all year, but may close unexpectedly for weather.


Easy. Most of route is smooth and well traveled. When dry, trail is suitable for stock, high-clearance 4WD vehicles. When wet, trail may be impassable. There is a short, very steep hill before overlook at Wpt. 03. To add difficulty, take optional side trip on road 213. It's narrow, tippy and rocky.

Access Description

Get off I-70 at Fruita Exit 19. Head west on U.S. Highway 50 for 1.4 miles and turn right on 16 Road. Follow wide 16 Road another 12.5 miles to Coal Gulch on the right.

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