Red Feather Lakes

Where To Go: Red Feather Lakes | Stay The Trail

Larimer County, Colorado

This area contains over 100 miles of double-track ATV trails and roads suitable for beginning to advanced riders. The area also contains seven miles of singletrack trails open to motorcycles only. Deadman Road is a county road and is strictly off-limits to unlicensed, non-street-legal vehicles.

How To Get There

From Livermore, turn west on to CR74E (Red Feather Lakes Road). Just past Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, the road turns to CR86 (Deadman Road). Continue 4 miles past the National Forest boundary to the intersection of Deadman Road and Killpecker Road.

From Glen Echo, head north on CR68C for 10 miles. Turn left at the intersection of CR74E and Deadman Road on to Deadman Road (CR86). Continue 4 miles past the National Forest boundary to the intersection of Deadman Road and Killpecker Road.

Detailed Description


Unlicensed vehicles are not allowed on Deadman Road (CR86 and CR74E).

Recommended ATV Routes

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Hard Core Motorcycle Route with Singletrack

Difficulty: 8-9

1. W on FS171 dirt two track for 2 miles

2. W on Swamp Creek Cutoff (TR871) for 5 miles of very difficult rocky single track with a challenging boulder crux in the middle

3. NW on FS517 for 1 mile of rocky two track

4. N on Killpecker (TR956) for 4 miles of medium difficult single track

5. W on FS517 for 4 miles of rocky two track

6. SW on FS177 for 3 miles of rocky two track

7. N on FS177A and FS319 for 5.4 miles of rocky two track

8. W on FS318F for 1 mile of dirt two track and rocky two track


Other Sources of Information

Maps: Trails Illustrated #111 Red Feather Lakes, Glendevey

Maps: Trails Illustrated #112 Poudre River, Cameron Pass

Maps: USFS Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests

Maps: USFS Canyon Lakes Ranger District MVUM

Maps: USFS Canyon Lakes OHV Opportunities Map

Adopted Trails

** FR177 Adopted by Big Thompson 4-Wheelers

** FR517 Adopted by Horsetooth 4 Wheelers

Trail System Maps & GPS Files

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loop of swamp creek cutoff and killpecker and connector trail

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Trail System Photos

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Swamp Creek Cutoff crux
Killpecker claims another victim
Killpecker South Trailhead
count on wet fun on north end of green ridge road (FS177)
having fun on north end of green ridge road (FS177)
Swamp Creek Cutoff East Trailhead (lens fogged probably due to heavy breathing from operator after completing this loop! )

Trail System Videos

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Popular Trails in This Area

Killpecker Trail (Singletrack) (TR956)
Swamp Creek Cutoff (Singletrack) (TR871) (TR970 on MVUM)
Bald Mountain (517)**
Nunn Creek (318)
Roaring Creek (173)
Killpecker Road (300)
Green Ridge Cutoff (177)**
Green Ridge Road (319)
Unnamed Forest Service Road (332)

Trail System Information


Location is:


Nearest City:

Red Feather Lakes


2 - 9


From 1 to 50 Miles


From 1 to 8 Hours


9000 to 11000 feet

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Note that not all of the trails in an area will be open to all vehicle types. Follow the Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM)s and signage for the area and ride only on trails open to and wider than your OHV.