16 Road, Coal Gulch

Total Miles
14.1

Elevation

2,233.64 ft

Duration

3.5 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Fall

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.

Photos of 16 Road, Coal Gulch

16 Road, Coal Gulch
16 Road, Coal Gulch
16 Road, Coal Gulch

Difficulty

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.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Vicki Gottwals
May 04, 2024
SxS
Open
Normal
Road was recently graded, very smooth. Only saw a few dirt bikes around no other vehicles. Very easy drive. Great view at the top, stopped for lunch break. Watch out for cows!
Ralph Hoffman
Apr 16, 2024
SxS
Open
Normal
Dusty
Picked up the trail off 18 Rd & BLM Route 174. BLM 174 was dry and dusty and 16 Road/Gulch had some deep ruts but great views.
Ruben Otero
May 13, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Dusty

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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