Bunce School Road, Ironclads

Check out the historical Bunce School and very unique ironclads.

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2751.76 ft


2 to 3 Hours

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Trail Overview

This trail is country and forest roads combined. Great camping is available, and there is a lot to see. It is closed south of its seasonal gates in the winter and spring.


Difficult. Mostly flat, smooth road with loose, rocky climbs. Loop to Ironclads is toughest section.


Built in 1886, Bunce School is the oldest surviving school in Boulder County. It was here that local legend Jack Moomaw was educated. He was a Rocky Mountain Park ranger from 1920 to 1945. Moomaw was called on to find lost hikers and to remove bodies of those who had perished in the mountains. He wrote about these adventures in his book, 'Recollections of a Rocky Mountain Ranger,' ISBN: 978-0963699718.

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Access Description

Starting at north end from Waypoint 01: Turn west off Highway 7 onto Bunce School Road, located 0.6 mile north of the intersection of Highways 7 and 72. As you go past the school, bear left and go 0.2 mile to large parking/staging area. Starting at south end from Waypoint 06: From Highway 72, turn west at mile marker 50 near Peaceful Valley onto paved C.R. 92. Go west 0.4 mile through the campground to F.S. 105 (marked as 115) on right. Limited parking here for unlicensed vehicles.