21 Road

Famous and very challenging ride with extreme obstacles.

Total Miles
2.8
Plan with onX Offroad

Elevation
1790.45

Duration
4 to 5

Technical Rating
8/10

Best Time
Spring/Fall

Trail Overview

21 Road is a famous favorite, but only for the most experienced riders. The trail starts out in a wash with cool alcoves and extreme obstacles. Travel is recommended one way: drive the trail up and take the main road back. To avoid the most extreme obstacles, take the main road to the first alcove. Large staging area available and allows dry camping. Obey all signs, private property, and Toad Habitat. All OHVs require a permit, even those with a license plate. This trail is open all year.

Difficulty

Difficult. Many challenges with optional lines to increase difficulty. The extreme part begins after Wpt. 04. If you drive the entire route, expect mechanical breakdowns and vehicle damage. Stay out of canyon if raining.

History

Also known as the '21 Toad Road,' the trail was deemed a prime habitat for the Great Basin spadefoot toad and was set to be closed. The Grand Mesa Jeep Club worked tirelessly with the BLM to help protect the toad poplulation and has managed to keep the trail open. This cooperation led to receiving a grant from the BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails Program.

Access Description

Get off I-70 at Exit 26. Head west about 1 mile from the northside of roundabout on Highway 50. Turn right heading north on 21 Road and go another 8.5 miles where pavement ends and a natural gas station is on the left. Continue north another 3 miles to large staging area and kiosk on left.

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