Chinaman Gulch, Carnage Canyon

Heavily used area for licensed and unlicensed vehicles with the infamous Carnage Canyon.

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2 to 4

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Trail Overview

This is a heavily used recreation area for licensed and unlicensed vehicles, and for good reason. It is a playground of trails and routes that see little snow, making it even more popular in the winter. Very advanced riders may attempt Carnage Canyon, nationally recognized for its extreme difficulty. Ride with caution and stay on designated routes at all times.


Difficult: Narrow and sandy with isolated rock obstacles, some with bypasses. Best suited for modified vehicles with large tires, lockers and skid plates. Carnage: An extreme trail for radically modified vehicles. Minimum 35-inch tires with lockers both ends. Be prepared to winch, often. Expect mechanical failures and body damage.

Access Description

Take Hwy. 285 southwest from Denver or Hwy. 24 west from Colorado Springs. Turn left on C.R. 301 about a half mile before Johnson Village. Drive 1.6 miles south and look for gated road on left with BLM Chinaman Gulch sign. Drive in about 0.4 mile to parking area.

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