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Ellis Jeep Trail

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Location Steamboat Springs, CO
Rating Moderate,
Length 9mi
Time 3hrs

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Challenging 4×4 trail goes north to Wyoming border.

First part of trail weaves up and down tightly through the forest then levels out across muddy meadows. Part of trail follows western edge of Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. End of trail leaves you far from any services and actually crosses state border into Wyoming. A popular ATV and dirt bike area with great places for large campers and hauling trailers across Big Red Park. Popular hunting area in the fall. Open seasonally from June 15 through December 1, weather permitting.


Trail Ratings Defined

No hard-core obstacles, but trail is very muddy and rutted where it crosses open meadows. Finding a winch point may not be possible. If you get stuck, a second vehicle can be a great help.






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(970) 870-2299Routt N.F., Hahns Peak Bears Ears R.D.

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Phillip says

The book is out of date on this trail. The trail head has been moved and just in general I would suggest getting the MVUM before you attempt this trail. There was a tree to big to move that was blocking the trail if you come from the wyoming side as of 23 August 2019. We went to the National Forest office to give them coordinates and let them know, not sure if they did anything about it.


Thanks for the comment, we appreciate you taking the time. Can you please verify if you have the current 4th Edition of the Northern Colorado Guidebook? We want to better understand the changes to this trail if there are changes.
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