Dotsero Crater

Total Miles
12.9

Elevation

2,376.50 ft

Duration

2.5 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Popular with OHVs and dirt bikes, this trail takes you to the Dotsero Crater and through the BLM Gypsum Hills Area, also a popular off-roading area. If you have time, stay and watch the extreme riders attempt Tie Rod Bender trail.

Photos of Dotsero Crater

Dotsero Crater
Dotsero Crater
Dotsero Crater

Difficulty

Moderate. Most roads are wide and easy, except one steep section. The first half of the trail is clay-surface and is impassable when wet.

History

Dotsero is an important railroad junction, once designated Dot Zero, from which the location got its name. The Dotsero Crater is a volcano that erupted about 4,000 years ago, making it Colorado's most recent eruption. For many years, the main industry for the area was the production of cinder blocks. Source: Wikipedia

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Kristin Ventura
May 18, 2024
4x4
Open
Dusty
Washboard
Great trail on 4x4. Pretty volcanic scenery. Not very technical at all. DO NOT run this in rain or right afterwards unless you are very comfortable in mud and wash outs.
Joeli Buckley
Mar 22, 2024
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Steele Sandler
Jul 07, 2023
Open
Normal
Michael Brown
May 08, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal

Access Description

Take I-70 to Gypsum,Exit 140. From north side of exit, head north uphill on County Road 51. First part of road accesses the Eagle Gypsum Mine, so watch for fast-moving trucks.

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